Annual Report 2019

The Mission of the Foundation

Benefiting Children in Need in Northwest Florida

The mission of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated over $21 million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting world-class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Currently ranked #4, DCWAF has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator Magazine for seven consecutive years.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation proudly partners with the following agencies:

AMIkids 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, Inc., Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, Westonwood Ranch, and Youth Village.

quote_left“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”quote_left

– Mahatma Gandhi


BENEFICIARY Charities Of 2019

changing the lives of children

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation donated
$3,000,000 to 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities on September 4 at the Henderson Beach Resort, marking the Foundation’s largest charitable distribution to date. Celebrating its 14 year anniversary, DCWAF has now donated more than $21 million to non-profit organizations serving children in Northwest Florida.
“One of the very best things those of us involved with DCWAF get to do at the end of our year is provide needed funding to so many worthy organizations that help kids. This year is very special to all of us as it is the first time we have ever donated $3 million dollars to our community of non-profits. We are grateful to the many supporters of our mission, but especially to the Jumonville family for their very generous gift of $1,000,000 to change the lives of so many children in need.” – John Russell, DCWAF President

AMIKids Emerald Coast

AMIkids Emerald Coast received $195,000 to fund GED and Seamanship Programs for at-risk students between the ages of 16-24.



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow 200 students from low income households 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 $200,000 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.



Children’s Volunteer Health Network

Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) received $260,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two hygienists and staff on the Mobile Dental Clinic, the Healthcare Referral Network, and dental supplies for the Mobile Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care.



Emerald Coast Autism Center

Emerald Coast Autism Center received $225,000 to fund scholarships for approximately 25 families unable to afford services at the new Northwest Florida State College campus facility. The new facility has allowed 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 support mental health therapy, medical programs, and a case advocacy program that facilitates a child-friendly atmosphere offering counseling, family services, and coordination of investigations for child abuse and neglect. Funds will also be used for upgrades and necessary renovations to the Niceville Center.



Food For Thought Outreach

Food for Thought Outreach received $200,000 to fund the organization’s Backpack Program which provides nutritious meals for school-aged children that are dependent upon free or reduced school meals in an effort to bridge the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks.



Habitat for Humanity of Walton County

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $200,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in North and South Walton County as well as the construction of a new ReStore.



Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties received $125,000 to fund “The Brain Health Initiative” geared toward early identification, assessment, and treatment for uninsured students ages 12 to 21 who experience mental health or substance abuse issues.



Opportunity Place, Inc.

Opportunity Place received $125,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families to ensure they are safe and secure. These funds will facilitate a variety of child services including child-centered case management support, shelter services, child and family assistance, and enrichment activities.



Pathways For Change

Pathways for Change received $160,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men’s residential treatment and operations for the family center. This year, DCWAF’s funding will also expand to include services for children of female veterans who live at the Clinton Cox Residence.



Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $175,000 to fund a 10-bed, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These funds will facilitate the cost of medical equipment within the unit including infant warmers, infant monitors and carts, and privacy curtains.



Shelter House of Northwest Florida

Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $170,000 to fund support groups, counseling, and advocacy for youth touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support therapists for children, therapy and activities, training and education for staff, youth program supplies, tutoring, education and group materials, youth community action team, and a summer camp program.



The Arc of the Emerald Coast

The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $160,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities.



Westonwood Ranch

Westonwood Ranch is DCWAF’s newest beneficiary and received $150,000 to facilitate the start of their organization designed to utilize the medium of agriculture to provide job skills, life skills training, employment and holistic social opportunities for young individuals affected by autism and related developmental disabilities.



Youth Village

Youth Village received $155,000 to fund scholarships for afterschool programming for low-income children along the Emerald Coast as well as to assist in furnishing their new facility and facilitate the cost of paying down capital campaign debts.




Our Progress

DCWAF continues to show growth in revenue while keeping fundraising costs nearly flat.


Since the inception of DCWAF

DCWAF continues to be the leader in our region in non-profit fundraising and has donated to our charity partners $11,466,997 in the past four years. While we continue to work hard to meet the immediate needs of our supported charities, 2019 allowed us to make a substantial investment in our emergency reserve. To recognize the contribution of Ryan Jumonville, this fund has been renamed the Jumonville Family Children’s Fund. This fund is there to act as a safety net for the organizations we support in the event of significant immediate need.




Events: 2018-2019 In Review

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

October 25-27, 2018


Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation successfully completed its second Harvest Wine & Food Festival in WaterColor. The event boasted renowned chefs and vintners, high end wine dinners, and an expanded selection of wine and culinary treats. The event, however, was not without it’s challenges. Just 17 days before the festival opened, Hurricane Michael hit the Gulf Coast. While DCWAF was fortunate to weather the storm unscathed, our friends to the east in Panama City and beyond were not so lucky. The decision to continue as planned was difficult, but one that was made due to the increased need of our benefiting charities. A hurricane relief fund was incorporated into the festival, which ulitmately generated over $20,000 for the Sonder Project.

Designed to highlight harvest season at the beach, Harvest Wine & Food Festival was comprised of three eventful days that included intimate winemaker dinners, reserve tastings, and a Grand Tasting featuring over 250 luxury wines and large culinary stations highlighting the best in Gulf Coast fare.




14th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction

April 26 – 28, 2019


Currently ranked #4 in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, The Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend has been recognized in the “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by the magazine for the last seven consecutive years. The Foundation’s largest annual event, the auction takes place over the last weekend in 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 and white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised benefit 16 local charities impacting the lives of children in need.






Paddle Raise

AA 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 (PFC) 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 lives free from addiction.



Top Selling lots

Magnum Force

The auction kicked off with the Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present), which raised $55,000.

Serenity at Sea Island

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.

Argentinian Wine Expedition with Revana Wines

Raising $35,000 was a seven-night Argentinian wine experience donated by honorary vintner Dr. Revana for two couples. This incredible lot includes 4 nights at the Park Hyatt Luxury Collection Hotel, 3 nights at the Vines of Mendoza Resort & Spa in Uco Valley, a multitude of wine and private winery experiences, and access to the exclusive Corazon Del Sol Harvest Party.

Other Top Grossing Lots

An immersive trip to Montepulciano, Italy sold five times for $100,000 while a trip to Costa Rica sold five times for $85,000.

HOW TO DONATE LOTS: Contact Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation at [email protected] or call (850) 650-3732
to submit your donation or request more information.

celebrity vintners

Revana Wines – Dr. Madaiah Revana – Honorary Vintner
Arkenstone – Jake Krausz
Barnett Vineyards – David Tate
Canard Vineyard – Rich & Carolyn Czapleski
Cashmere Cellars Chardonnay – Greg & Stacy Lill
Catena Zapata – Marika Vida-Arnold
Col Solare Winery – Joe Aschbacher
CONSTANT Diamond Mountain Vineyard – Kyle Noble
Dakota Shy – Todd Newman
DeLille Cellars – Jay Soloff & Catherine Hay
Domaine Della – David Hejl
Dunn Vineyards – Kristina Dunn Buchanan
Gamble Family Vineyards – Tom Gamble
Gran Moraine – Eugenia Keegan
Hertelendy Vineyards – Ralph Hertelendy

Jarvis Estate Winery – Scott Morrison
Knights Bridge Winery – Darlyne Miller
Law Estate – Don Law & Philipp Pfunder
Lewis Cellars – David Gibson
Relic – Brooke Winther
ROY Estate – Shirley Roy
Sherwin Family Vineyards – Steve & Linda Sherwin
Somnium Wines – Tracy Smith
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery – Beth Novak Milliken
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Russell Joy
Tournesol Winery – Bob & Anne Arns
VGS Chateau Potelle – Jean-Noel Fourmeaux
WillaKenzie Estate – Erik Kramer
Maker’s Mark – Bill Samuels, Jr. – Craft Spirits Proprietor

celebrity chefs

Matthew Basford – Honorary Chef
Canoe – Atlanta, GA
Tim Creehan
Cuvée 30A – Inlet Beach, FL
Josh Hopkins
Adalina – Atlanta, GA
Cindy Hutson
Ortanique on the Mile – Coral Gables, FL
Jack McGuckin
Bijoux – Destin, FL
Michael Patria
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Todd Reber
Vin’tij Food & Wine – Miramar Beach, FL
Craig Richards
Lyla, Lila – Atlanta, GA
Scotty Schwartz
29 South & El Jefe – Jacksonville, FL
Scott Serpas
Serpas True Food & Dixie Q – Atlanta, GA
Dan Vargo
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Miramar Beach, FL


During the Wine Auction weekend, 11 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 $686,775, with a record-breaking $250,000 raised at the dinner dedicated to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center hosted by Jack and Candis Wilson featuring Barnett Vineyards and Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery and Chef Matt Basford.

“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

George & Stephanie Brannon, Jr.
with Jeff & Cindy Garrard

Steve & Mary Ellen Buffington at Alys Beach

Joan & Stephen Carter with
Bill & Cheryl Stegbauer at Bijoux

John & Amy Dowdle with
Cory & Hillary Fosdyck
and Robért & Shelly Hinojosa

Ben & Tiffany Edwards
with Jeanne Dailey & Jay Nettles

Dr. Eric Goldberg & Dr. Diana Melazzo
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Tim Krueger & Jill Cadenhead
with Velia Lala

Greg & Yvonne Lala at Vin’tij Food & Wine

John & Margaret Sheehan with
Wayne Paul & Susan Kiley at
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa

Joel & Sylvia Williams

Jack & Candis Wilson

Live auction Catering

Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar

Other Events

Riedel Seminar

February 8, 2019

In February, DCWAF hosted a Riedel Seminar at the Henderson Beach Resort to a sold out audience. The educational seminar was led by a member of the prestigious Riedel family and demonstrated the relationship between the shape of a glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine. In addition to the seminar, guests were able to take home a full Riedel glass tasting set for future enjoyment.



South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

April 26-28, 2019

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 7th Annual South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival featured 800 wines, poured by notable national and international wine celebrities including Erik Kramer of WillaKenzie and Eugenia Keegan of Gran Moraine Winery in Oregon.

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 $30,000 to help further our mission.

quote_left“We are incredibly proud of our partnership with DCWAF and remain stalwart supporters of the Foundation and the important work they continue do in our community. They truly make a difference in people’s lives.”quote_left

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


quote_left“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

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. Our volunteers are a key element to our success and we are grateful for their hard work, and dedication to the DCWAF mission.

A Great Honor


Following the 2019 auction, DCWAF was fortunate enough to receive the largest single donation in the Foundation’s 15-year history. The $1 million gift, made by Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville and his wife Raven, not only helped DCWAF meet it’s goal of distributing $3 million to its benefiting charities, but also goes a long way to ensuring the sustainability of the organization.

“This financial commitment by Mr. Jumonville will positively impact the lives of hundreds of children,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “We have never received a gift of this magnitude and we are so very grateful to be chosen as the recipient of such magnanimous support of our mission to help the children of Northwest Florida.”

A portion of his gift will be invested into the newly renamed Jumonville Family Children’s Fund to solidify the sustainability of the organization and the charities it supports into the future.


Our Sponsors

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Stephen and Joan Carter

Founding Sponsor








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