Cheers to Charity! $3.5 Million Raised For Children In Need in Northwest Florida!

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The 18th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville Family raised $3.5 million for children in need in Northwest Florida! 

Hosted on April 28th and 29th to a sold-out crowd of more than 600 guests, proceeds of the auction benefit our 16 partner charities in Northwest Florida. The auction weekend kicked off on Friday, with 11 patron dinners hosted in private homes and restaurants spanning from Gulf Breeze to Rosemary Beach that collectively raised more than $560,000. The live auction kicked off on Saturday, with our flagship Magnum Force lot featuring 50 magnums from vintners past and present that raised $70,000.

This year’s auction consisted of 47 Live Lots, 17 Cellar Lots, 32 Super Silent Lots, and 120 Silent Lots featuring rare wines, luxury travel experiences, and many other one-of-a-kind items.

Notable lots from the auction included a five-night trip with private air passage generously donated by NetJets that sold for $105,000, a 9L of Thompson 32Fifty Ellison Ingram Cuvée benefiting the Ellison McCrany Ingram Foundation, a trip to Paso Robles which sold three times for a total of $90,000, an immersive trip to Umbria which sold for a total of $100,000, and lastly a trip to Portugal which sold twice for a total of $90,000. This year’s Paddle Raise also raised over $250,000.

“When we come together with a common goal, we become a force multiplier for the children of our community,” DCWAF President Karah Fridley-Young said. “I am blown away by the results of this weekend’s auction and am once again humbled by the generosity of our friends in the wine and culinary industry as well as our board of directors, sponsors, and patrons that raised their paddles high and often for those who need us most.”

The funds raised will be distributed to 16 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Our charity partners for 2023 are AMIkids Emerald Coast, ​​Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Ellison McCraney Ingram Foundation, Emerald Coast Autism Center, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Opportunity Inc., Point Washington Medical Clinic, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Westonwood Ranch, and Youth Village.

As the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida, the Destin Charity Wine Auction is currently ranked fifth among the nation’s top charity wine auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine. The money raised at this year’s auction will be presented to our charity partners during a private check presentation ceremony in September.

The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 26-27, 2024. For more information, visit


Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2023