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Are You Ready for Some Football? MKAF and Saltwater Restaurants Are

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The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) and Saltwater Restaurants are teaming up for football season Thursday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar at the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk.


The Art of Tailgating is part of MKAF’s Dining For A Cause to raise awareness and funding for its community outreach programs serving K-12 students, special needs for adults and children, and a Warrior Arts initiative for the men and women of our military community.


The Art of Tailgating will feature food and beverage tasting from various Saltwater Restaurants competing for Best Tailgating Food. “Our restaurants are ready to throw down their best tailgating dishes and host the ultimate beach tailgate, all for a great cause,” says Clint Rogers, director of operations for Saltwater Restaurants. Participating restaurants include Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar, Black Pearl Island Grill, the Crab Trap, Floyd’s Shrimp House and Rockin’ Tacos.


Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite sports colors with a chance to enter an exciting sports-themed raffle to win gift baskets including tickets to collegiate and national football games, golf package, baseball and other sports-related items. Live entertainment will be provided by Beachcomberland favorite Myke Van Ness.


Donations of sports memorabilia, game tickets and other items are appreciated. Businesses and individual raffle donors will be recognized for their contributions at the event. Please contact the MKAF office at 850-650-2226.


Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for MKAF members. Purchase tickets online at or call 850-650-2226. All proceeds will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s mission in bringing cultural experiences and community outreach programs to children and families in Northwest Florida.


Since 1995, MKAF outreach has served over 304,000 people in Okaloosa and Walton counties in more than 70 schools, United Way agencies and veteran and military organizations that are thoughtfully curated to serve the unique needs of these special populations.

Zandra Wolfgram
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