Annual Report 2016

The Mission of the Foundation

Benefiting Children in Need in Northwest Florida

TThe mission of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $13 Million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting world-class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 75,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. DCWAF has been recognized as one of the Nation’s ‘Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the U.S.’ by Wine Spectator Magazine, for four consecutive years.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation proudly partners with the following agencies:

AMI Kids Emerald Coast, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, Inc., Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought Outreach, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa & Walton Counties, Opportunity Place, Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, and Youth Village.

quote_left“Help one person at a time,
and always start with the person nearest you.”quote_left

– Mother Teresa


BENEFICIARY Charities Of 2016

changing the lives of children

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation donated $2,660,000 to 14 Northwest Florida children’s charities on August 23 at WaterColor LakeHouse, marking the Foundation’s largest charitable distribution to date. Celebrating its 11 year anniversary, DCWAF has now donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations serving children in Northwest Florida. This year’s results are an increase over the $2.3 million raised last year. In addition to funding the 14 local charities, DCWAF has realized a long-held dream to create a fund for future needs through the DCWAF Children’s Fund.
This fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an imminent need. This year the DCWAF Children’s Fund received $55,000 to continue growing this safety net for emergency funding.

“DCWAF now has a safety net of funds for any of our charities that may have an emergency requirement for funds outside our normal contributions. It is our hope to continue to grow this fund over the coming years.” – John Russell, DCWAF President

AMIKids Emerald Coast

AMIKids Emerald Coast received $125,000 to fund one Mental Health Counseling Academic Interventionist to assist a high-risk youth. Funding will also allow facilities the purchase of a new, safe bus for students to be transported to and from school.



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow double the amount of students from last year (200 children across four counties) to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure.



Children in Crisis

Children in Crisis received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Opportunity Home, Sue Sue’s Cottage, YaYa’s Home, and the Travis Tringas Home provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle.



Children’s Volunteer Health Network

Children’s Volunteer Health Network received $200,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two Hygienists on the Mobile Dental Clinic, and one Full-time Dentist and support staff at the CVHN Dental Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care. In addition, they will be able to purchase new detail supplies and cover the maintenance and repairs of their equipment.



Emerald Coast Autism Center

Emerald Coast Autism Center received $200,000 to fund scholarships and their capital campaign, a new facility to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students.



Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received $300,000 to aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility, a child-friendly atmosphere to provide counseling, family services, and facilitation of investigations for child abuse and neglect.



Food For Thought Outreach

Food For Thought received $175,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break.



Habitat for Humanity of Walton County

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $180,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in Walton County.



Homelessness & Housing Alliance

Homelessness & Housing Alliance received $20,000 for long-term solutions to homelessness.



Opportunity Place

Opportunity Place received $75,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families.



Pathways For Change

Pathways for Change received $200,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men’s residential treatment and operations for the family center.



Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

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.



Shelter House of Northwest Florida

Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $155,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support their Youth Prevention Program, Therapists for children, supplies such as school snacks and diapers, tutoring materials, community outings, and the Youth Community Action Team.



The Arc of the Emerald Coast

The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities.



Youth Village

Youth Village received $125,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction along with after-school programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast.




Our Progress

DCWAF continued to show remarkable growth in revenue while keeping costs well contained. During the past fiscal year revenues grew by $524,727 or 16%. Expenses grew $108,735 or 10.6% with $75,513 of the increase coming from Fundraising. Administrative costs have increased by $14,355 from 2012 while total revenues have increased by $2,069,014 and donated funds have increased by $1,431,064.

Since the inception of DCWAF

DCWAF has been able to dramatically increase donated funds to supported charities. The combined contribution to charities in the first six years was $3,500,000.

In the last three years, DCWAF has contributed $6,995,000 or 53.4% of total donated funds since the first auction in 2006. As a result, the number of charities supported has risen from 3 in 2006 to 14 in 2016.


Events: 2015-2016 In Review

11th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction

April 29 – May 1, 2016


The Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, recognized as one of the Nation’s “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator Magazine for the fourth consecutive year is the Foundation’s largest annual event, and takes place over the last weekend of April each year. The event draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs and celebrity vintners from around the globe to enjoy world-class wines in the picture-perfect setting & white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised benefit 14 local charities impacting the lives of children in need.






Paddle Raise

A tradition Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is particularly proud of is the “Paddle Raise.” The year Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation was created, Chan Cox, DCWAF founder, lost his 30 year old son, Clinton, to the devastating effects of addiction. A memorial fund was created to bring awareness and build a legacy for Clinton from the proceeds of a paddle raise at the live auction. Pathways For Change is a faith based organization funded initially by Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Since 2005, PFC has served hundreds of men in intensive substance abuse treatment. Their mission of Changing Lives, Reducing Crime, Building Futures is actively preventing heartbreaking losses. Since 2007, DCWAF has raised over $1,000,000 so men and their families could be set free to live the lives God intended for us all.



Top Selling lots

celebrity vintners

celebrity chefs


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, with $201,000 raised at the Bijoux dinner hosted by Jim and Tammy Pierce featuring Emmolo Wines, Amizetta Estate Winery, and Chef Jack McGuckin.

“It is our hosts who create the anticipation for the auction, it is our hosts that take such great care of our vintners and chefs, and it is our hosts who start us off with great auction revenue from their dinners. Each is an amazing contributor to the success of our mission and truly a force for good in our community,” marveled Russell.



Patron & Restaurant Dinner Hosts

Don & Janis Bishop
George & Stephanie Brannon Jr. with Cory & Hillary Fosdyck at Churchill Oaks
Dr. Bill & Pam Burden
Christine Carter & Ken Bryant
Stephen & Joan Carter
Jeanne Dailey & Jay Nettles with Ben & Tiffany Edwards at the Culinary Center
Jeff & Doreen Eckmann

Dr. Eric Goldberg & Dr. Diana Melazzo with Dr. Gary Banks
Don & Cathy Hay, Charlie & Betty White, with Fred & Susan Marks
Jim & Tammy Pierce at Bijoux
John & Margaret Sheehan at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
Jane Solomon & Colin Mayo
Tim & Pamela Wellborn with Chef Tim Creehan at Cuvee Bistro
Jack & Candis Wilson

Reserve Tasting Restaurants

Live auction Chef

Chris & Ivy Trovas of Wild Olives

Other Events

25th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival

November 5-8, 2015

The SEASIDE® Seeing Red Wine Festival has grown to be a sell-out event, attracting wine connoisseurs and novices alike. The Seeing Red Wine Festival has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel.

The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners, and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase how their farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table offerings pair beautifully with the featured red wines.


Seeing Red Wine Festival Revenue

Tasting of Champions

February 19, 2016

The Tasting of Champions Wine Walkabout and Tasting took place at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Guests were able to sample more than 600 wines entered for the 2016 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, including the medal winners for 60 categories. Tasting of Champions premiers these wines and offers an early opportunity to sample.


Amount Raised

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

April 28-May 1, 2016

The Northwest Florida Beaches Ultimate Wine Weekend is the last weekend in April each year. We are lucky to partner with the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival. Both events take place on the lawn of Grand Boulevard and a handful of vintners participate in the festivities of the entire weekend. The 4th Annual South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival featured 800 wines, poured by notable national and international wine celebrities including Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi, Jeff Mausbach of TintoNegro Wines and Ronan Laborde from Chateau Clinet.

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation benefits from the proceeds of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. This year we graciously accepted a check for $15,000 to help further our mission.

quote_left“We are filled with joy to be able to play even a small role in the success of DCWAF’s mission, which goes to the heart of our community – taking care of our children and families. We take great pride in our partnership and hope to make contributions for many years to come.”quote_left

– Stacey Brady, Executive Director, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Marketing Director, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin


quote_left“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”quote_left

– Anne Frank

Thank you to our volunteers who dedicate their time throughout the year to facilitate DCWAF’s fundraising efforts. Their generosity ensures the success of the Foundation. This year, we are proud and honored to donate a record-breaking $2.66 million to our 14 charity partners to help impact the future of our community’s children. Together, we have managed to be increasingly successful year after year in changing children’s lives.

Look to the Future



The Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties promotes mental wellness for all and works to improve the treatment and opportunities for children and adults through education and advocacy.

DCWAF will be funding the Brain Health Initiative which is a rapid turn around, early identification, assessment, and treatment program for students ages 12 to 21, who are experiencing mental health and/or substance use issues which frequently result in academic failure in school.


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