Shelter House hosts most successful Purses with a Purpose to date The eighth annual event raises over $20,000 to go directly towards supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Shelter House’s signature event, Purses with a Purpose, returned to Grand Boulevard March 22-24, 2018. This year’s event was the […] Read More
Tickets on Sale Now for Shelter House’s 2nd Annual Palate & Palette Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting Proceeds from tickets go directly towards supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties. (Destin, Fla.) November 27, 2017 – Tickets are on sale now for Shelter House’s 2nd Annual Palate […]
Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar Opens, Introducing Something New to Crave Raises over $6,000 for two local charities during soft openings DESTIN, Fla. (June 6, 2017) – Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar celebrated its opening last week with two charitable dinners and a Grand Opening to the public on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Cuvée Kitchen […]
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation celebrated the 12th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 29, raising more than $2.7 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. The record breaking results are a $34,000 increase over the $2.66 million raised last year. “Our ability to continually increase the funds raised year over year is a […]
Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Chi Chi Miguel Weekend Raises $900,000 for Gulf Coast Charities SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. – Presented by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the 11th annual Chi Chi Miguel Weekend sponsored by Isagenix took place March 30 – April 1 in Santa Rosa Beach and raised […]
Local Realtor, Hannah Martin 3rd Annual Birthday Bash Raises $65,000 for Special Olympics Florida — Walton County SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLA. (March 31, 2017) – Broker Associate, Hannah Martin of The Premier Property Group announced today her “La Lumière: A Masquerade Affair”, presented by Destin Plastic Surgery […]
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) proudly announces that the 11th Annual Auction in 2016 ranked third among the nation’s top 10 highest-grossing charity wine auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine. The Foundation has earned a spot in the top 10 for the last five consecutive years, and since its inception, has donated more than $13 million […]
Bud & Alley’s will host the 12th Annual Hurricane Party on Friday, September 23, benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. The party runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and includes entertainment by 4 Barrel Funk. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud and Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. “The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of Children’s Volunteer Health Network”, said Executive Director, Zach Billingsley. When the Founding Members of CVHN were planning the very first fundraiser for the organization back in 2004, hurricane evacuations threatened the success of the event. The event organizers personally called the invitation list asking people to come back into town for the Hurricane Party. The community showed up in a big way raising more than $40,000 and the name stuck. Now in its 12th year, the Hurricane Party has become a must-attend event for locals and visitors of the Emerald Coast. Listen to the story and learn more in this 30A Radio exclusive: “We are so pleased to be hosting the Hurricane Party benefiting CVHN again this year at Bud & Alley’s,” said Dave Rauschkolb, owner of Bud & Alley’s. “We are drawn to this cause because the heart of this organization is about enriching children’s lives. Providing free, essential health and dental services to uninsured and under-insured children lessens suffering and builds stronger, more productive and happy children in our area. Together we can make a tremendous and meaningful difference for these children. Please join us for this important event.” The evening festivities will build up to a live auction where exclusive trips, private dinners with local chefs and more create a bidding frenzy each year. All proceeds from the event go to CVHN, which spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs that help kids in Walton and Okaloosa counties to sustain the CVHN mission for their three major programs: a 34’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and other local charities, a network of volunteer providers and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with heavy creole hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are limited and will be $100 in advance and $125 day of the party. Guests will be able to purchase tickets online or by phone beginning August 1st. For more info on sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, visit cvhnkids.org/hurricane or contact Amy at 850.622.3200 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, recognized as one of the top charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, donated a record breaking $2.66 million to 14 local charities serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The private check presentation ceremony was held at the WaterColor LakeHouse. The attendees from the charities didn’t know how much they were to be awarded until the checks were presented to them onstage, leading to some big cheers and grins and even some tears of gratitude. The foundation has donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations since its inception in 2005. This year’s results are a $360,000 increase over the $2.3 million donated last year. “Today is the day in the world of our Foundation,” said John Russell, the president’s foundation. “Today, we honor our supporters, recognize those who have gone above and beyond and most importantly award funding to the great organizations that are on the front lines for the children of our community.” In addition to funding the 14 local charities, the foundation has created the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Children’s Fund, which represents the funds set aside for any of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation charities that have an emergency need during the year. “Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation identified a need to prepare for the future, so we created a safety net for our charities that may have an emergency need outside our normal contributions,” Russell said. “It is our hope to continue to grow this fund as an insurance policy for our charities over the coming years.” The 2016 recipients of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation include: AMIKids Emerald Coast received $125,000 to fund one Mental Health Counseling Academic Interventionist for high-risk youth. Funding will allow facilities the purchase of a new, safe bus for students to be transported to and from school. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow double the amount of students from last year (200 children across four counties) to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure. Children in Crisis received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Opportunity Home, Sue Sue’s Cottage, YaYa’s Home, and the Travis Tringas Home provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle. Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) received $200,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two hygienists on the Mobile Dental Clinic, and one full-time dentist and support staff at the CVHN Dental Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care. In addition, they will be able to purchase new detail supplies and cover the maintenance and repairs of their equipment. Emerald Coast Autism Center received $200,000 to fund scholarships and their capital campaign, a new facility to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students. Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received $300,000 to aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility, a child-friendly atmosphere to provide counseling, family services and facilitation of investigations for child abuse and neglect. Food For Thought Outreach received $175,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break. Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $180,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in Walton County. Homelessness & Housing Alliance received $20,000 for long-term solutions to homelessness. Opportunity Place received $75,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families. Pathways for Change received $200,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men’s residential treatment and operations for the family center. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future. Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $155,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support their Youth Prevention Program, therapists for children, supplies such as school snacks and diapers, tutoring materials, community outings and the Youth Community Action Team. The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities. Youth Village received $125,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction along with afterschool programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast. DCWAF Children’s Fund received $55,000 that will serve as a contingency fund for charity partners and will be used as a safety net to serve children in need in the event of an emergency. DCWAF has realized a long held dream to create a fund for future needs. The DCWAF Children’s Fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an emergency need. The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, are set for April 28-30, 2017. For more information, visit www.DCWAF.org.
Bay Breeze Patio, an official retailer of the Big Green Egg, will host the third annual Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Cook team registration is now open for the family-friendly event that will raise funds for two local charities, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Cook teams of up to six members will compete to win a Big Green Egg or a cash donation to their charity. Tasters will vote for their favorites and determine the winners. Last year, the cooking competition raised $23,000 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support and involvement in previous Eggs on the Beach events,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner Susan Kiley. “This year, we’ve added a second charity,and bigger prizes for both non-profit cook teams and ‘People’s Choice’ winners. We’re ready to put on another exciting cook-friendly competition that is fun for all and benefits our community.” Cook teams will be provided a large or extra-large Big Green Egg for use during the competition. Cook teams are asked to create bite-size portions of their favorite recipes to be judged by the public and a panel of celebrity judges. Each team of up to six will be responsible for purchasing their own ingredients and cooking their favorite award-winning recipes. Bay Breeze Patio will provide the lump charcoal, fire starter, table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Tasters vote for their favorites, while teams compete for bragging rights as well as the grand prize, a brand new large Big Green Egg. In addition, teams can register as a “Non-profit cook team” and compete on behalf of a local charity. Registration fees are waived for teams competing in the non-profit category. Non-profit cook teams have an opportunity to promote their cause while vying for a cash donation of either $2,000, $1,000 or $500 to be paid to their partner charity. “EggHeads, master grillers, backyard grillers, and everyone in between is encouraged to join the fun and register a cook team,” said Bay Breeze Patio Co-Owner Wayne Paul. “Our goal is create the most fun, cook-friendly and taster-friendly BBQ competition in the region while giving back to our local community.” All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach EggFest benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy. Food For Thought is helping fight food insecurity among area children by providing backpacks filled with healthy meals to students in need during weekends, holidays and summer break. For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, will be pre-sold with nest (metal stand) and plate setter for a discounted price. The Big Green Eggs all come with a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 and 5 p.m. on September 24 or can be delivered for $75-$100, depending on location. Eggs on the Beach will include tastings, grilling demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, and more. Tasters may also purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes, including vacation stays, dining certificates to area restaurants and more. Guests can also bid on a Mini-Max portable Big Green Egg, ideal for tailgating and camping. Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to six and each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Eggs on the Beach sponsor, Abita Beer, will provide complimentary draught beer to cook team members age 21 and over. Taster tickets are also on sale with special advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. Sponsorships are also available. To learn more, register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit Eggs on the Beach or call 850-269-4666.