Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction raises $3.6 million for local nonprofits

The 14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction raised $3.6 million for local nonprofits in our area. (Destin Charity Wine Auction Festival)

DESTIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local auction raised more than $3 million for children in need in our area.

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation recently held its 14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction. They say it raised $3.6 million for children in need, $2.6 million from the auction and a gift two days later of a $1 million from philanthropist Ryan "Jume" Jumonville.

“We are fortunate to live in a community filled with caring and generous residents. This is a small town with a giant heart. DCWAF is doing great things in the Florida panhandle to support organizations that help local children in need, and I am excited to be a part of these efforts,” Jumonville said.

The money raised goes to 16 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Partners for the 2019 auction were 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, Westonwood Ranch, and Youth Village.

Representatives say this auction is the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida and has been ranked among the nation's top ten highest grossing charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine.

Next year's auction dates have been confirmed: April 24-26, 2020.

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