About Us

Our Mission

Connecting wine enthusiasts to raise money benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida

Founded in 2005, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has donated more than $15 Million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 90,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. DCWAF has been recognized as one of the Nation’s ‘Top 10 Charity Wine Auction in the U.S.’ by Wine Spectator Magazine for the last five consecutive years.

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Board of Directors

  • Joan Carter - Chairman of the Board
  • Cory Fosdyck - Chairman-Elect  
  • Jeff Garrard - Vice Chairman
  • George Brannon, Jr. - Past Chairman
  • Jeanne Dailey - Secretary
  • Doug Ingram - Treasurer
  • Chris Abbott
  • Shannon Amos 
  • Dan Buckner 
  • Steve Carter
  • Chan Cox
  • Bob Gelardi
  • John Hawkins
  • Cathy Hay
  • Robért Hinojosa
  • Susan Kiley
  • Bob Kirk
  • Vicki Matthews
  • Richard McNeese
  • Lane Redding 
  • Charlie White
  • Pamela Wellborn 



  • Jim Adams
  • Dr. Warren Amos
  • Glenn & Dana Armentor
  • Rob Babcock
  • Sandy Bartow
  • Don & Jan Bishop
  • Don & Eileen Bradley 
  • Jim & Sherre Bunch
  • Dr. Bill & Pam Burden
  • Lamar Conerly
  • Tim Creehan
  • Demetrius Fuller
  • Tim Krueger
  • Kay Martin
  • Kevin & Laura Mason 
  • Demetria McNeese
  • Mark & Lynne O'Connell
  • Chuck & Glenda Palmore
  • Jim & Tammy Pierce 
  • Joseph & Suzanne Quinlan
  • Diane Rackley
  • Bill & Rebecca Sanders
  • Gary & Jan Serafin
  • John & Margaret Sheehan
  • Brian & Crystal Spencer
  • Bill & Cheryl Stegbauer 
  • Bert & Sue Trucksess
  • Jack & Candis Wilson


Honorary Trustees

  • Ted Henry - Prime Cellars
  • Dan Kosta - Kosta Browne Winery
  • Luis A. Pous - Asia de Cuba Restaurants Worldwide/ China Grill Management
  • Dave Reynolds (1953-2013) - Reynolds & Buckley
  • Garen & Shari Staglin - Staglin Family Vineyard


  • John Russell - President
  • Karah Fridley-Young - Director
  • Melissa Vidaurre - Operations Manager
  • Kate Mikos- Communications Manager

Internship Opportunities

We are currently accepting resumes for 2017 - 2018 internship opportunities. Please submit all resumes and cover letters to info@dcwaf.org. Click HERE for a full description.

Legacy Society

Leave Your Mark on the Next Generation

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has launched the Legacy Society to insure the sustainability of the Foundation and the children it serves for decades to come. All of us are dependent upon the next generation’s ability to be healthy and productive members of society, and we believe creating a legacy for children along the Emerald Coast is critical in solidifying a better tomorrow.  We invite you to consider leaving a legacy beyond your lifetime.

Benefits of joining Destin Charity Wine Auction's Legacy Society:

Being a member of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Legacy Society gives you an opportunity to join like-minded individuals who are committed to support the needs of children within our community.

Other Benefits Include:

Annual recognition at a special event honoring you for your gift during your lifetime.

A plaque on Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s Legacy Society wall.

The guidance of our Legacy Society Committee on planned giving.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is the Legacy Society? The Legacy Society is an honorary society within Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) which sustains DCWAF’s core mission by gifts through wills, trusts, insurance and lifetime donations. 

2) Why should I select Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation as the beneficiary of my legacy gift? DCWAF is a qualified 501(c)3 charity that administers your gift to support 15 local children’s charities. The DCWAF Board of Directors thoroughly vet each charity prior to it receiving funding, and each charity is required to enter into donative agreements with DCWAF and submit quarterly reports regarding their use of DCWAF funds. 

3) Are there tax benefits to making a legacy gift to the DCWAF Legacy Society? Yes, there may be income tax benefits, estate tax benefits or both depending on how you fund your pledge to the DCWAF Legacy Society. Please reference the workbook for more details.

4) Can I control how my legacy gift is used by DCWAF? Yes, the following options are available to restrict the use of your legacy gift. 

a) Unrestricted (can be used by DCWAF for its general charitable purposes).

b) Semi-restricted (can be used by DCWAF only for the restricted purposes as instructed by your legacy bequest).

c) Full Endowment (only the earnings on your legacy gift can be used by DCWAF for its general charitable purposes).

5) Who Controls fund expenditures? The DCWAF Board of Directors with insight from its Charity Relations, Finance and Executive Committees.

6) Will I be recognized by DCWAF for making a legacy gift? Yes, as a member of the Legacy Society (i) your name will be recognized on the DCWAF Legacy Society plaque prominently displayed in the DCWAF office’s wall of honor; (ii) you will receive recognition as a Legacy Society member on the DCWAF website; (iii) you will receive recognition as a DCWAF Legacy Society member at DCWAF gala events and festivals; (iv) you will receive a DCWAF Legacy Society lapel pin; and (v) you will receive a DCWAF Legacy Society shirt.

7) Can my legacy gift be my wine collection or other tangible property. Yes.

8) What happens to my legacy gift if DCWAF dissolves? Should DCWAF dissolve, it’s successor charity would assume stewardship of any remaining Legacy Society funds. Your legacy gift can also specify a successor charitable beneficiary should DCWAF no longer exist. 

Would you like to learn more about being a Legacy Society member? Contact us by emailing info@dcwaf.org.