Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) celebrated the 13th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 28, raising more than $2.8 million for children in need in Northwest Florida.
The record breaking results are a $160,000 increase over the $2.7 million raised last year.
“We are humbled by the generosity shown by our patrons, the support of the wine industry, and the commitment of the charities that benefit from the auction,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “The fact that we once again increased the amount raised at our auction is a wonderful reflection on our community.”
The auction kicked off with the Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present), which raised a record winning bid of $65,000 before being donated back by the winning bidder in an unprecedented act of generosity. It sold again for $60,000, bringing the total funds raised from Magnum Force to $125,000. The highest single-selling lot was the rare and highly anticipated 2008 Tesla Roadster, earning $82,000. Donated by St. Joe Community Foundation, the lot included a signature green 2008 Tesla Roadster with less than 3,000 miles and a stay at Watersound Origins complete with a variety of activities. The 2008 Tesla Roadster was the 18th ever produced by the vehicle manufacturer.
Raising $46,000 was an eight-day African safari and wine experience donated by Steve Griessel of Betz Family Winery. This incredible trip includes four nights in presidential suites at the Molari Safari Lodge, three nights at the Babylonstoren in the heart of South African wine country, private airfare, multi-format wines, numerous winery tours and tastings, and the ultimate VIP treatment for the duration of the winners’ stay. A trip to Santorini sold four times for a total of $80,000 while an immersive trip to Montepulciano, Italy sold five times for $85,000.
DCWAF broke from tradition for the first time in history at the 13th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction, offering a lot designed to benefit the fire victims in Napa and Sonoma counties. The lot, which boasted a private dinner for 12 with celebrity chef John Currence and a multitude of highly rated rare wines, raised $44,000.
The remaining funds raised are distributed to 15 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Charity partners for 2018 include Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Opportunity Inc., Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, AMIkids Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and Youth Village.
“The work our benefiting charities do within our local community to help children in need is tremendous," said Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Chairwoman Joan Carter. "After 13 auctions, we are beginning to see a generation of success stories emmerging and becoming productive members of society thanks to the generosity of our patrons and the critical work of the organizations we support."
The 13th annual Destin Charity Wine Auction was comprised of 50 unique Live Lots, 32 Super Silent offerings, and 161 Silent Lots. The sold out event was attended by approximately 600 wine enthusiasts, making it the most successful Destin Charity Wine Auction to date.
As the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida, the Destin Charity Wine Auction has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 highest-grossing charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine for six consecutive years and is currently ranked No. 3 for the second year in a row. The money raised at this year’s auction will be presented to the charity partners during a check presentation event in August.
Next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend has been scheduled for April 26-28. For more information on the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit www.DCWAF.org.