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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — June 7, 2013 —White-Wilson's Fourth Annual Little Black Dress Party was a huge success! This year's Roaring 20s themed event garnered more than 350 men and women in attendance to help promote preventive healthcare and raise money for local charities. The Little Black Dress Party was on May 18, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, and included Fashion Modeling by retailers at the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, casino gambling in the speak easy, live and silent auctions, music and dancing, great food and a fabulous time!

The newly formed White-Wilson Community Foundation partnered with local organizations to host the event and promote the importance of preventive healthcare. Keynote speaker, Janice Dunlap, ARNP, spoke on the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of acting quickly if those signs or symptoms are present.

Over $37,000 was raised for Shelter House, Opportunity Place, the local chapters of The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association, and the new White-Wilson Community Foundation. Proceeds will benefit women in need of healthcare in our community. The Little Black Dress Party has raised more than $120,000 since 2010.

Plans are already in the works for another event in 2014! For more information on this event or for a list of recommended annual health screenings visit:

Alan Gieseman presents check to American Cancer Society Alan Gieseman presents check to American Heart Associtation   Alan Gieseman presents check to Shelter House

Alan Gieseman presents check to Opportunity, Inc Alan Gieseman presents check to White-Wilson Community Foundation    

About the White-Wilson Community Foundation:
The White-Wilson Community Foundation was formed in 2012 to help improve health care in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties through service and education. The Foundation believes it is important to educate the community on the importance of preventive health care and to support organizations and charities in the community that provide health services to individuals in need. For more information, please visit