Special Olympics athletes benefit from family's Christmas light show (PHOTOS)


Matthew Neville, center, hands a $320 check to Kim Christopher, director of the Okaloosa and Walton County Special Olympics, while surrounded by Special Olympics athletes on Saturday, the final night of Watts Up Crestview's synchronized light show in the Shoal Lake neighborhood.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 05:12 PM.

CRESTVIEW —   A $320 donation from the Neville family's synchronized Christmas light-and-music show will keep Special Olympics Okaloosa County athletes looking stylish, officials said.

The family dedicated Saturday's final, 32,000-light display in the Shoal Lake neighborhood to the organization. Money the family collected will help cover the cost of new uniforms for the athletes, Kim Christopher, director of the Special Olympics in both counties, said.

View a photo gallery from the Watts Up Crestview light show>>

The occasion marked an end to seven years of Watts Up Crestview — at least, in the Shoal Lake neighborhood, Matthew Neville, a technical sergeant at Hurlburt Field, said. The family, with a baby on the way, wants to relocate within the city to a larger household. 

The public event allowed officials and athletes to spread the word about the games in the community, Christopher said.

Read the full story in the Jan. 8, 2014 Crestview News Bulletin.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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