Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has donated more than $13 million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world class wine and culinary events.
In 2016 Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future.
Funds raised by DCWAF have impacted the lives of over 75,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Destin Charity Wine Auction is ranked #3 on the list of "Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the US" by Wine Spectator Magazine.
The funds raised are distributed to 15 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Charity partners for 2017 include Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Opportunity Inc., Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, AMIKids Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and Youth Village.
“The wonderful work that our 15 benefiting charities do, day in and day out, unselfishly nurturing children in our community is truly amazing,” said Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Chairman, George Brannon Jr. “The organizations we support are not just changing the lives of children today, but also giving them the opportunity to be productive members of society in the future,”
This year, the Foundation raised more than $2.4 million in live-auction bids—a $65,000 increase over 2016’s total—and the event collected more than $2.7 million. The auction was comprised of 55 unique Live Lots, 29 Super Silent offerings, and 132 Silent Lots. The auction surpassed the $1 million mark just eight lots into the event.
The event was attended by over 600 wine enthusiasts, making it the most successful Destin Charity Wine Auction to date. The money raised at this year’s auction will be presented to the charity partners during a check presentation event in August.
The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 27 – 29, 2018. For more information on the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit www.DCWAF.org