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Ruth’s Chris Rallies for Harville, Raises $25,000

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From left—Chris Camp and Vicki Stokes from Luxury Estates Auction Company, Ruth’s Chris Executive Chef Ruston Johnson, Skot Harville, Ruth’s Chris House Manager Tyler Shook, Ruth’s Chris GM Mike Sable, Michael J. Thomas, and Jessica Bracken and Lexi Willcoxon from Proffitt PR.
Photo by Ian Henderson.

On September 12, Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Silver Shells Resort hosted the community, loyal patrons and guests at a fundraiser for beverage manager Skot Harville. Held in the East Bar Courtyard, the night was centered around the Harville family’s recent medical expenses and raised $25,000 through donations, silent auction and live auction.


Guests enjoyed included live music by Michael J Thomas and Tom Devoursney, decadent catering stations specially prepared by the Ruth’s Chris team, and silent and live auctions by Luxury Estates Auction Company.


Due in large part to the support of the community, many of whom have come to know and love Harville during his tenure of over a decade since opening day at Ruth’s Chris, the event raised $25,000 for Harville and his wife Brenda, who is currently battling lung cancer. Funds raised will immediately assist with the medical bills associated with Brenda’s upcoming PET scan.


Event sponsors and donors included Another Broken Egg, Bijoux de Mer, Bonefish Grill, Brian Filiki, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Cheryl Hodges, Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar, Dahl Burke, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Destin Floral Designs, Dewey Destin Seafood Restaurant, Duck Duck, Emerald Bay Golf & Yacht Club, Five Star Properties.


Also, Float Brothers Float Spa, Frankie’s A Salon, FrillSeekers, Helen Back, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Justin Gaffrey Gallery, Marlin Grill, McGuire’s Irish Pub, Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Silver Shells Full-Service Spa, Steve and Joan Carter, Sunrise Chair Co., Sunset Bay Cafe, the Henderson, Today’s Boutique, and YOLO Board.


For those who were unable to attend, donations can be made through the Harvilles’ GoFundMe account at Donations can also be dropped off at Ruth’s Chris, located at 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin.

– Jessica Proffitt Bracken
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