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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation donates a record breaking $3.6 million to 16 children's charities in Northwest Florida

Published: May 31, 2019
 Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) celebrated the 14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by Chuck Hutton Toyota on April 27, raising $3.6 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. Auction activities raised $2.6 million and a generous $1 million gift received two days later from local philanthropist, Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville, brought the total funds raised to a record-breaking $3.6 million. 

“We are fortunate to live in a community filled with caring and generous residents. This is a small town with a giant heart. DCWAF is doing great things in the Florida panhandle to support organizations that help local children in need, and I am excited to be a part of these efforts,” said Ryan Jumonville.

The funds raised are a $900,000 increase over the amount donated in 2018 to the Foundation’s 16 benefiting children’s charities, all of which operate locally in Northwest Florida. A portion of the amount raised will go to the DCWAF Children’s Fund to solidify the sustainability of the organization and the charities it supports into the future. 

“We are all so very grateful for the hundreds of supporters that helped make our 14thannual auction such a resounding success,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “We are grateful to so many; the volunteers from our supported children’s charities, visiting celebrity wine makers and chefs, and the hundreds of bidders that raised their paddles high. All came together to raise much needed funds to help the children of our community. Experiencing the generosity of so many people is inspiring to all of us at the Foundation.”

The auction kicked off with the Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present), which raised $55,000. Raising $40,000 was a six-day trip to Sea Island for four couples donated by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Board Member, Bob Kirk. This incredible trip included accommodations in a private luxury home in The Cloister at Sea Island, dinner at the Forbes 5-Star Georgian Room, spa packages, and a scenic yacht cruise. An immersive trip to Montepulciano, Italy sold five times for $100,000 while a trip to Costa Rica sold five times for $85,000. 

As the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida, the Destin Charity Wine Auction has been ranked among the nation’s top ten highest-grossing charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine for seven consecutive years and is currently ranked fourth. The money raised at this year’s auction will be presented to the charity partners during a check presentation event in the fall.

The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 24 – 26, 2020. For more information on the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit www.DCWAF.org.