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Stacey Brady Wins Annual Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – Jan. 30 - The Walton County Tourism Department announced Stacey Brady as the winner of its annual Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award. This hospitality award was established in 2003 to recognize excellence in hospitality service, travel/tourism marketing, advertising, promotion and contributions to the local community. It was presented at the Perfect in Walton County Awards ceremony held at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.  

"It's always an honor to celebrate the hard-working men and women in our community who strive to make a difference and make Walton County an incredible place to live, work and visit," Walton County Tourism Director Matt Algarin said. "Stacey Brady is incredibly well-deserving of this honor and she truly embodies the spirit of what this award is about."

As the director of marketing and communications for Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Brady has helped create charitable events like South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Festival of Trees. Also, she has assisted in obtaining financial support for non-profit organizations including 30A Songwriters Festival, ArtsQuest for Cultural Arts Alliance and Children’s Volunteer Health Network Sounds of Soul event, as well as Best of the Emerald Coast, which benefits the Emerald Coast Autism Center, and the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits 17 area charities.

“We put the work in and the strong return back into our community is what really matters. Over the past decade, Grand Boulevard events have directly or indirectly contributed millions of dollars to non-profit organizations in our community,” Brady said.

Brady started work for Seaside Community Development Corporation in 1999 right after the development gained fame from the success of the movie “The Truman Show.” Brady entered a submission to the national Urban Land Institute organization, which recognizes the very best in development and building in the world; resulting in Seaside being honored with the prestigious Urban Land Institute's 2003 Award for Excellence.

"While I am very grateful for this award, I’m accepting on behalf of each of you. Because together, WE ARE perfect in Walton County," Brady said at the Perfect in Walton County Awards.

For more information about the Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award visit: waltoncountyfltourism.com/van-ness-butler-jr-award

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