DCWAF receives single largest donation

Special to GateHouse Media Florida
Ryan Jumonville

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has announced that it has received the largest single donation in DCWAF’s 15-year history. The gift of $1 million was made by Ryan D. “Jume” Jumonville and his wife Raven who live in the Destin area with their four young children.

“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.”

Originally from Louisiana, Jumonville started his first company at age 24. Among other business ventures, he is currently the chairman of United Networks of America, which provides products and services that reduce healthcare costs for clients such as insurance companies, governments, associations, organizations, large employers and more.

Jumonville’s donation to DCWAF comes on the heels of his announcement of joining The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and comprised of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families that have pledged to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back. The organization currently has 204 members. With his pledge, Jumonville joins the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, MacKenzie Bezos, David Rockefeller, and many more.

A portion of Jumonville’s gift will be distributed to DCWAF’s 16 benefiting local children’s charities on Sept. 4 at the Henderson Beach Resort during their annual check presentation ceremony. The remainder 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.

The 15th annual Destin Charity Wine is scheduled for April 24-26, 2020, in Grand Boulevard. Patron packages will go on sale in November.