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More than $33,000 presented to local charities


The celebrations continued June 14, when Emerald Coast Magazine presented a large donation to 2017 Top Salon winner Avantgarde Salon on behalf of its selected charity, “Others of Destin.”

For the check presentation party, salon staff, sponsors, models and charity representatives were treated to bubbly libations and hors d’oeuvres at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer of Destin as they mingled and enjoyed the harborfront view.

In their signature, sleek, black attire, Avantgarde team members were all smiles as they greeted the check’s beneficiaries and fellow salon teams.

“I’m always excited to win this event because it means a great deal to all of us and brings a ton of energy to my team,” said Joseph Rogers, owner of Avantgarde Salon.

Much of the donation of $33,216.55 went to Others of Destin, a non-profit organization providing support services to people in need due to conditions such as poverty, homelessness or job loss. Part of the donation was shared among the 13 other local charities selected by competing salons.

“Others is just a really great charity,” Rogers said. “They do a lot of local, small things for people in need that make a huge difference and have great impact on their lives.”

Emerald Coast Magazine saluted all who supported the project with a champagne toast, recognizing the enthusiasm and hard work of the stylists, the models, the sponsors, and the non-profits that serve the community year-round.

Participants gathered in front of the restaurant to be photographed as a group, showing that while it had been a fierce competition, there were no losers. The charitable fundraising project was made possible by ticket sales, participation by salons, sponsors and, of course, the models who participated in style transformations.