And the grand total is....


We celebrated the 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 30th, raising more than $2.65 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. The record breaking results are a $350,000 increase over the $2.3 million raised last year. 

The auction kicked off with the Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present), which raised a record winning bid of $55,000. The highest grossing lot was Little Palm Island for four, earning $56,000. Donated by Little Palm Island Resort, John and Margaret Sheehan and supporters of DCWAF, the lot includes private round-trip airfare from Destin Jet, two bungalows for two nights at Little Palm Island, two rooms for two nights at the Westin Key West, a seven-course dinner for four at little Palm Island's Chef's Table as well as a Dinner Cruise or Day Charter. 

Raising $54,000 was the African Safari and Wine Experience donated by Bridgit and Steve Griessel of Betz Family Winery. This incredible trip includes four nights for two couples at the Molari Safari Lodge. A bourbon blending experience with Angel's Envy sold twice at $50,000 for a total of $100,000. A luxurious trip to Esperenza, Cabo San Lucas was donated by DCWAF board member Bob Kirk and sold twice at $44,000 for a total of $88,000. Todd Newman invited patrons to the Dakota Shy Estate in Napa Valley with private tours and tastings and this lot sold three times at $27,000 for a total of $81,000. 

In addition, during the Wine Auction weekend, 14 Patron Dinners were held in notable restaurants and private homes in the area. These dinners pair celebrity chefs with participating vintners to create a memorable dining experience for every attendee. The Foundation is especially thankful to the Patron Hosts who opened the doors to their homes and restaurants and set the stage for the auction weekend. Auctions at each of these dinners recorded revenues of over $530,000.

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 four consecutive years. The money raised at this year's auction will be presented to the charity partners during a check presentation event in the Fall. 

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016

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