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No stranger to the cause, “La Lumière: A Masquerade Affair” will be Hannah’s 3rd Annual event benefitting Special Olympics of Florida — Walton County. Hannah Martin’s connection with the Special Olympics started long before any fundraising party came to fruition.

Hannah moved to the South Walton area 10 years ago where she began selling real estate. Soon thereafter she connected with a successful realtor in the area, Jimbo Holloway, and then went to work for Jimbo as an assistant. Shortly after, Jimbo grew into a mentor and confidant for Hannah- helping shape her career and guide her to success, as she became a realtor. Hannah and Jimbo are now partners and are currently with The Premier Property Group in Watercolor.

Jimbo and his wife Pam have three beautiful children. William, their son, has Down syndrome, a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. Three years ago, Jimbo approached Hannah to ask if she could help raise seed money for Special Olympics of Florida — Walton County. Hannah immediately saw this as the perfect opportunity to give back to a family and the community that had been so gracious to her for years.

Since this happened to be around Hannah’s birthday, she decided to throw a birthday bash in honor of the Special Olympics- Walton County. Hannah, along with her friends and Special Olympic volunteers, planned a party in less than two weeks with the goal to raise $5,000. By the end of the night, they had succeeded their goal and raised over $10,000 for Special Olympics of Florida — Walton County. Hannah instantly realized the potential of even larger achievements provided more time to plan, and additional community involvement.

Because of this inspiring insight, Hannah became more involved with the Special Olympics during the following months. She took part in the 4th Annual Field Day and through that intimate experience, she would fully come to know and appreciate the athletes she was raising money for.

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This is where Hannah really got to know the athletes she was raising money for.The second year quickly followed, and Hannah, with the help of key benefactors, launched a memorable-themed Great Gatsby Party. Friends, loved ones, co-workers and community came out in awe-inspiring support to help her raise $55,000 in one night.

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"Our program gives people with disabilities in our County opportunities to experience the joy that competition brings in developing physical fitness, skills and friendships with other Special Olympics athletes, coaches, volunteers and the community. Our athletes are also invited to participate in Athlete Leadership Programs and Healthy Athletes initiatives." -Mike Schumaker

Special Olympics Florida- Walton County provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Walton County.  We currently serve over 100 athletes in the County who compete in 11 different sports at the local, area and state level area for each sport. There are over 300 potential athletes in Walton County alone. Florida is the first state and Walton County is one of the first programs to offer Stand Up Paddle as a Special Olympics Sport. All programs are provided at no charge to the athletes or their families.  Your donations cover sports equipment, uniforms, travel and lodging expenses for local, area and state competitions.