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Alan Gieseman, White-Wilson Medical Center CEOFORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — June 8, 2015 — The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) hosted the 6th annual Little Black Dress Party on Saturday, May 16. Over 350 guests filled the Sandestin Linkside Exhibition Hall for "A Night Under the Big Top," raising an impressive $75,000 for local women's health programs.

Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. They were mesmerized by circus performances from Aerial Events, Cirque Lil' Dixie and stilt dancer Zayd Saleem. Those in attendance were also given a chance to try their luck at one of several carnival games. Honorary Chairs, Mike and Yvonne Freeman welcomed guests and served as hosts for the evening.

"We are honored to be a part of this special night," said Yvonne Freeman. "Our family has been impacted by breast cancer, and we want to support others in our community being effected."

Zayd Saleem stilt dancerAll event proceeds benefit the White-Wilson Community Foundation's women's health initiative. Through the success of last year's event, WWCF was able to help double the number of under-served women receiving breast cancer screenings and treatment in Okaloosa County, as well as award an additional $25,000 in local health grants. WWCF hopes to have an even greater impact through proceeds from this year's event.

"The White-Wilson Community Foundation knows that there are many women in our community who are not receiving adequate health care," said WWCF President, Dr. Jack Azzaretto. "Through this event, we hope to have a direct impact on the lives of women in our community and help them to receive the care they need."

The White-Wilson Community Foundation is non-profit organizations serving Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The mission of the foundation is to make the community the healthiest on Earth. Through its grant program, WWCF work to create community partnerships that impact community health. For more information on WWCF or to apply for a community grant, visit

If you missed the 2015 event, visit our photo gallery! Plans are already in the works for the 7th annual Little Black Dress Party on May 21, 2016. For more information on the event visit:

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