On Sunday, November 20 from 3-8 p.m., Silver Sands Factory Stores and charities from across Northwest Florida are partnering for an “Evening of Giving,” an evening of live entertainment and exclusive savings to support local non-profit organizations and their great causes. Tickets are available for purchase now for $5 from all participating charities and at Silver Sands Shopper Services, with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds benefiting the charities. Ticketholders receive exclusive discounts, valid for that evening only, from many of the over 100 designer stores and restaurants at Silver Sands. The evening also includes the first lighting of the Center’s 40 foot tree, live music by High Voltage, free face painting and holiday crafts provided by Abrakadoodle, various strolling entertainment acts, refreshments and numerous in-store fundraising events.

“Our local non-profit organizations need our support more than ever during these tough economic times. Silver Sands Evening of Giving is a great way to support multiple charities in one place while kicking off the holiday season with family, friends and exclusive savings,” stated Ashley Watkins, marketing director for Silver Sands. “We have a number of participating charities confirmed including the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Cancer Society – South Walton Relay for Life, and are still seeking additional non-profit organizations that would like to participate in the event.”

Evening of Giving is filled with festivities for the entire family. From 3-5 p.m. Abrakadoodle will be at Silver Sands offering free face painting and a take-home holiday craft project for children in the courtyard in front of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Then, at 5 p.m. the Center’s 40 foot tree will be lit, kicking off the start of Holiday Lights in Concert, a visually spectacular presentation that features an amazing display of colorful lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs that will run nightly throughout the holiday season.

Families can sip hot cocoa from San Gelato Café while enjoying performances by High Voltage as they make their way around the Center enjoying the exclusive Evening of Giving discounts on their tickets. High Voltage is a unique 14 piece group of local Middle and High School musicians that perform on special made electric violins, violas and cellos accompanied by bass and drums. The musicians are also members of the Northwest Florida’s Symphony Youth Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

There are still opportunities available for non-profit organizations to become engaged and raise money for their missions at Evening of Giving. Silver Sands will provide tickets to participating charities to sell for $5. Charities can sell an unlimited number of tickets and keep 100 percent of the ticket sales. Shopper Services will also sell tickets on behalf of each participating charity.

“Silver Sands does so much for charitable organizations in our community, including the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy center. The Evening of Giving is a shining example of how one company can have a big impact on many charities all at once,” stated Jen Floro, director of development and public relations for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

All ticketholders may redeem their ticket stubs at Shopper Services on Evening of Giving to register for a chance to win a $500 Silver Sands shopping spree and list their charity of choice. The charity with the most ticket holders present will win an additional $500 donation from Silver Sands. For a complete list of charities selling tickets, in-store events and Evening of Giving discounts, visit www.silversandsoutlet.com. Any charities or non-profit organizations interested in participating in Silver Sands Evening of Giving should contact Ashley Watkins at 850-654-9771 ext. 205 or aw@silversandsoutlet.com.

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