Sip and Splash: An Aquatic Affair by Tim Smith Acura May 14


The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation (ECFF) is pleased to announce its upcoming fundraising event, Sip and Splash: An Aquatic Affair presented by Tim Smith Acura. A first of its kind, the event will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Aquatic Center, located at 4345 Commons Drive West, in Destin.

The community is invited to the Destin pool, which will be transformed into an elegant event space, to enjoy a sunset cocktail hour followed by an upscale wine dinner under the stars. Attendees will indulge in a five-course seated dinner featuring five of the Emerald Coast’s most iconic restaurants. Each restaurant will create a dish for their course including hand rolled sushi by Destin’s own Yoshi from Harbor Docks, dessert by Bitterroot, and additional courses by Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer, Camille’s at Crystal Beach, Café Rico, and Dewey Destin’s Seafood. Dishes will be both gulf and farm-to-table, showcasing the various cuisines of each restaurant and will be paired with unlimited craft cocktails, craft beers and wine.

Guests will enjoy live music by the Emerald Coast’s own, Reed Waddle, throughout the evening as well as a photo booth sponsored by Dr. Bawa & Associates, a cigar bar sponsored by Studio6twenty5, live painting sponsored by Saltmarsh CPA, and an extensive silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, gift cards and other sought-after items, including a week-long vacation to Colorado. ECFF will also raffle off the centerpieces from the evening, each created by local swim teams from Okaloosa County. All proceeds raised from the auction, raffle, ticket sales, and sponsorship will go directly to ECFF to help them in operating the various facilities, upgrading equipment, and offering numerous aquatic programs.

The Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is a public charity formed to develop physical fitness and water safety among the youth and adults of Okaloosa County. ECFF provides facilities and programs to Destin, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach communities that deliver opportunities for instruction, training, and competitive excellence, primarily in the sports of swimming, running, and cycling. ECFF manages the Destin Aquatic Center, the Bernie R. Lefebvre Aquatic Center in Fort Walton Beach, and the ROC Pool in Crestview.

ECFF would also like to thank the local community businesses who are sponsoring the inaugural event, including 654 Limo, As You Like It Salon and Spa, Brotula’s Seafood House and Steamer, Cardinal Financial, Coldwell Banker and the Jen Purdy Group, Cory Fosdyck and Merrill Lynch, Eglin Federal Credit Union, FWB Alumni Swimmers, Greenday Cleaners, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, The Harris Family, HomeFi Digital Mortgage, La Dolce Vita, Powell & Swanick Attorneys at Law, Sea Dragon Swim Shop, The Ships Chandler, Simple HR, Studio 6Twenty5, and Taylor Allen Properties.

Tickets and tables are currently on sale through for the price of $125 per individual or $1,000 for a table of 10. Only a few sponsorship opportunities remain, however ECFF is collecting silent auction items from area businesses and individuals wanting to support the event. To learn more, please visit

Those interested in sponsoring or donating an auction item, email