Wine Business: DCWAF surpasses $28 million to help children in need in Northwest Florida

Premier fundraising organization, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), is pleased to announce it has donated more than $28 million to help children in need in Northwest Florida since its inception in 2005. This year alone, DCWAF donated $3.775 million to 16 children’s charities in Northwest Florida following the highest grossing auction in Foundation history. Funding was awarded in a private check presentation ceremony at the Henderson Beach Resort August 31. The total amount donated by DCWAF includes a surprise, late donation by local philanthropist, Ryan Jumonville. The Jumonville Family’s donation brings DCWAF’s gross auction revenue to a record-breaking $4 million. 

“This year’s record-breaking contribution is truly a testament to the philanthropic spirit of the DCWAF community,” said Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation President Karah Fridley-Young. “After two years of virtual events, the energy in the auction tent last spring was palpable and the amount raised for children in need was humbling. These funds will have a profound impact on the lives of thousands of children, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support our charity partners; all of whom are doing important work within our community.” 

The 2022 recipients of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation funds include:

AMIkids Emerald Coast received $145,000 to fund a GED program for at risk students between the ages of 16 – 24.

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast received $200,000 to fund a new CT scanner to help diagnose and accurately treat pediatric patients in the Emergency Department.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow 250 students from low-income households to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow, and recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer them clear of personal failure.

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 children live a safe and healthy lifestyle over the next year.

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 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 care.

Ellison McCraney Ingram Foundation received $140,000 to fund scholarships for teens that have received help from at least one DCWAF charity partner in their lifetime. 

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