DCWAF Supporter Donates Custom Armored Frog Furniture Auction Lot Back to Children in Crisis

Monday, August 28, 2017

Children in Crisis kids thank Armored Frog for the dinner tableInside the annual Destin Charity Wine Auction tent, one can expect to find an overabundance of laughter, energy, and of course, fine wine. Founded in 2005, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is currently recognized as the third largest charity wine auction in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, and has been ranked in the magazine’s ‘Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the US’ for the last five consecutive years. 

Patrons pack the tent year after year to bid high and bid often for the common goal of raising money to help children in need in Northwest Florida. The 2017 Auction, hosted April 29 in Grand Boulevard was no exception.

One set of anonymous bidders took their generosity a step further by donating a custom furniture auction lot that they won at the 12th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction provided by Pensacola-based company, Armored Frog back to one of DCWAF’s benefiting charities. 

Children in Crisis, Inc. provides homes for abused, neglected and abandoned children within our community. Their Children’s Neighborhood provides an emergency shelter for young children, and the group foster homes help with the severe shortage of foster homes in our community. Until now, Children in Crisis’ emergency shelter has not had a table big enough to sit all 16 kids that are housed in the shelter at any given time, leaving them unable to enjoy a meal together as a group. 

"I can't thank them enough for their generous donation of a custom-built Armored Frog dining table for our CIC Neighborhood,” Children in Crisis President and CEO, Ken Hair said. “For years we've wished for a large dining room table for our Emergency Shelter that would seat all 16 of our children and two house parents at the same table. This anonymous donation came through our partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s annual auction. Since 2008, we've given a safe, loving home to over 750 at-risk children while keeping all brother/sister siblings together as a family. Hundreds more will benefit from this wonderful donation far into the future."

The table was delivered by Armored Frog staff members on Friday, August 25 and includes drawers on all sides that allow each child to have his or her own private space.

On Tuesday, August 22, the members of Children in Crisis along with 14 other local children’s charities gathered together at the WaterColor Lake House to be awarded funding at the annual DCWAF Check Presentation Ceremony. Children in Crisis received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. On-site housing provides stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help 100 children live a healthy lifestyle over the next year. This year’s donation brings the total funds awarded to Children in Crisis from DCWAF to over $2 million.

The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, are set for April 27-29, 2018.