Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

NOV-DEC 2016

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e Destin Charity Wine Auction WORTH WINING ABOUT Written by Madeline Michaels Although it holds the distinction of being the most popular tourist destination along Florida's Emerald Coast (4.5 million visitors annually), Destin is golden when it comes to philanthropy, as evidenced by its hugely successful annual charity wine auction, which has raised in excess of $10 million for charitable causes in Northwest Florida. The 2016 Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 30th, raised a record $2.65 million; a staggering $350,000 increase over 2015. "Our ability to continually increase the funds raised year over year is a testament to both the strength of our organization and the power of our mission of the charities we support," said John Russell, president of DCWAF. "All of us associated with the foundation are amazed that we continue to garner this kind of support to help children in need in our community." Together with the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, which is a separate but related event also held on the fourth weekend in April to complement the Destin Charity Wine Auction, the pair create an indulgent few days for oenophiles, craft beer and spirits aficionados, and gourmands alike. Not just for locals, guests hailing from all corners of the US are given a welcome as warm as Florida sunshine at all events, including private patron dinners held in notable restaurants and private homes in the area on the eve of the auction where guests savor exclusive wine and food pairings and get a closer look at one of the 14 charities the mission-driven event benefits. In 2016 alone, 14 Patron Dinners raised $530,000. Prior to the sold-out 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction this past April, guests milled about in a large tent adjacent to the auction tent sampling gourmet bites and wines poured by notable vintners while perusing 120 lots up for grabs as part of the silent auction. Once the doors to the auction tent were open, guests eagerly took their seats in anticipation for the 55 unique lots up for grab. e opening Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present) caused quite a ruckus and raised the bar for the rest of the afternoon by garnering a record-winning bid of $55,000. Finding ideal accommodation near all of the auction action as well as the pristine beaches in Destin and South Walton is as easy as booking a vacation home or condominium from Newman-Dailey Properties diverse portfolio (destinvacation.com). Jeanne Dailey, founder and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, is a bastion of philanthropy in Destin and a board member/ marketing chair for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. A true dynamo, her passion for her profession is evidenced in the many accolades and awards for exemplary customer service, business integrity and overall excellence that have been bestowed upon Newman-Dailey since it was founded in 1985. 62 slmag.net

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