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Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises Over $3.8 Million for Nonprofits

Record auction benefits 15 local children’s charities

MIRAMAR BEACH – The 17th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction presented by the Jumonville family has raised more than $3.8 million for children in need in Northwest Florida.

The record results represent a staggering increase of $1.8 million over the previous year.

Held April 22-23, this was the first in-person auction experience produced by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) since 2019 after two years of virtual auctions.

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With a sold-out crowd of 600 guests, proceeds will benefit DCWAF’s 15 partner children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

“The results of this year’s auction far exceeded anything we could have dreamed of,” said John Russell, President of DCWAF. “We expected to show growth from the last two virtual auctions, but little did we know that we would beat our best bid of over $1 million! We are so grateful to our wine and culinary supporters, but also to our board of directors and patrons who attended the auction and lifted their paddles high and often.

“What cannot be overstated is the impact these funds will have on our supported charities,” he added. know they have not been forgotten. We look forward to handing over the largest checks in our history to our charitable partners. »

The auction weekend began on Friday, April 22, with 10 patron dinners held along the Emerald Coast that collectively raised over $720,000. The live auction kicked off on Saturday, April 23 with the Magnum Force lot (50 magnums from past and present winemakers) raising a record high bid of $70,000.

The afternoon’s top-selling lot was a private airfare trip to Middleburg, Va., which sold for $110,000. A luxurious seven-night stay in the British Virgin Islands aboard a four-bedroom Moorings 52.4 monohull captained by Chef Tim Creehan sold for $70,000, and an immersive journey on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with private air passage, courtesy of NetJets, sold for $75,000.

DCWAF has broken with tradition to offer a very special 9 liter of Ellison Ingram cuvée, named in honor of Doug and Merrisa Ingram’s 9-year-old son, who tragically passed away last year. The Ingrams are longtime supporters of the event. The lot sold for $65,000, then again for $75,000, amassing a grand total of $140,000. Proceeds from this batch will benefit the Ellison Ingram Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to children in Northwest Florida who have previously benefited from one of DCWAF’s partner charities.

Other notable lots included a trip to Costa Rica, which sold five times for a total of $112,500; a trip to Napa with an intimate wine dinner hosted by Forman Vineyards that sold for $54,000; an immersive trip to Italy that sold four times for a total of $160,000; and a customizable trip to Bordeaux that sold four times for a total of $140,000. This year’s Paddle Raise also broke all previous records, raising over $340,000.

Funds raised from the 17th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction will be distributed to 15 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children.

DCWAF Charity Partners for 2022 include:

  • AMIkids Emerald Coast, Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center and Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Opportunity Inc., Shelter House of Northwest Florida, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, Westonwood Ranch and Youth Village.

This year’s auction included 46 live lots, eight cellar lots, 37 super quiet lots and 137 quiet lots featuring rare wines, luxury travel experiences and many other unique items.

Learn more about DCWAF

As the premier 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. Money raised from this year’s auction will be donated to DCWAF’s charity partners at a ceremony in September.

The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 28-29, 2023. For more information about the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit

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