DESTIN, FL, May 11 /CNW/ - The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
raised more than $1 million at its marquee event, Wine & Dine in
Paradise on April 27-28, breaking fundraising records for the sixth
consecutive year. The weekend featured 15 Patron and Restaurant
Dinners, a Walkabout and themed silent and live auction. The live
auction raised $756,000, $89,000 more than the previous year and the
silent auction earned $65,000, nearly doubling prior year.
"What an amazing event and result. The energy in the room, Southern
hospitality and generosity of attendees was beyond impressive," Grace
Evenstad said, "Changing children's lives for the better is an
investment in our future. Ken [Evenstad] and I were thrilled and
humbled to serve as this year's Honorary Chairpersons and help needy
children along the Emerald Coast."
The Evenstads teamed with fellow Oregon vintners Penner-Ash, Willamette
Valley Vineyards, Bethel Heights and Adelsheim to offer the Ultimate
Oregon Experience live auction lot that consisted of airfare for four,
a four night stay in the Domaine Serene guest house in Willamette
Valley, Oregon, lunches, dinners, blending seminars, winery tours on
horseback and more. This was a high selling lot at $16,000.
A one week stay for eight people in Umbria, Italy was the highest
selling lot of the day, going for $25,000—twice—bringing in $50,000 for
the Wine Auction.
"We're thankful to all our supporters for making this another
record-breaking year. These proceeds will make a huge difference in
the lives of thousands of Emerald Coast children," Foundation Executive
Director Todd Vucovich said.
Funds raised by the Foundation will be distributed to the following
charities: Children in Crisis, Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy
Center, Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast, Children's
Volunteer Health Network, Inc., Youth Village, Shelter House, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Emerald Coast Autism Center,
Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Ranch, Horizons, and Pathways for Change.
About Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation:
After six years of successful wine events, dedicated teamwork and
fervent support, the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation has raised
more than $5,000,000 dollars and has become known to patrons from
across the country as a premier event for wine and food lovers and
SOURCE Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
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