Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant hosts Charity Fish Fry to support Corporal Hamilton’s Family

UPDATE: The location has been updated to the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds on Sunday, January 22, 2023 beginning at 12pm (noon) due to the possibility of bad weather.

  • “With forecasted bad weather and significant public interest, we’ve decided to move the location of the charity fish fry indoors to the NWF Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach,” said Parker Destin. “Otherwise, same date, same time, same great cause, and we hope to see everyone there.”

Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant is hosting a charity fish fry on Sunday, January 22, 2023 beginning 12pm (noon) at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach, Florida to raise money for Corporal Ray Hamilton’s family.

  • Corporal Hamilton was killed on Christmas Eve when a domestic violence suspect opened fire on responding deputies from inside his residence.
  • The event is being held to show support for Corporal Hamilton’s family and to demonstrate to the men and women putting on the uniforms that the community sees them and cares deeply about them.

“I know all of us are just heartbroken over the loss of Corporal Hamilton,” said Parker Destin. “I know that if there was an opportunity for everyone to come together to support Corporal Hamilton’s family, while also demonstrating to the men and women putting on the uniforms that we see them and care deeply about them, that this would be one of them.”

Destin says that the community fish fry is being held in a central location within the county so that the most people can participate. The event will take place that Sunday afternoon at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds in Fort Walton Beach and will feature seafood plates for $10 per box. All proceeds will go to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s Star Charities foundation in honor of Corporal Hamilton.

  • The Star Charities foundation is a licensed 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting the employees of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with unplanned life changing events as a means of giving back to those that work so hard for the community.
  • The foundation also provides assistance to both national and local charities as determined by their employees and board of directors.

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“We’re in a decent position to be able to do a big fish fry,” added Parker Destin. “I hope we get just overwhelmed with folks because we’re going to come ready to serve a lot of people. I sincerely hope that we run out of food.”

Residents can pay their $10 by cash or credit card, and every plate of seafood will be given in a to-go box.

  • “They are going to get their sauces, forks and knives, along with fish (maybe shrimp), hushpuppies and a side,” said Parker.

The community is invited to come out and show their support for Corporal Hamilton’s family and the men and women of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on January 22, 2023. With delicious seafood plates and all proceeds going to a good cause, it’s an event not to be missed.

1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, Florida

7 Responses

  1. Thank you Parker and ALL who are involved in making this event happen. His loss has touched so many and we have the opportunity to show support to his Family and All Law enforcement………
    Hope there is a spectacular turnout.

  2. Dewey Destin’s Seafood has the heart to donate the food, time, and great intentions to help this deserving family. Let’s support this worthy cause! Thank you Parker!

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