Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, has announced it is moving the 15th Anniversary Auction to a fully virtual format in an effort to ensure the safety of all participants while continuing to raise money for children in need in northwest Florida. All bidding will be conducted through DCWAF’s online bidding partner, Greater Giving. The 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction, presented by the Jumonville Family, was originally scheduled for April 24-26 and was rescheduled due to COVID-19.
Silent, Super Silent, and Almost Live auction lot categories will open Friday, August 21, at 9 a.m. CST and remain available for bidding until noon on Sunday, August 23. The live auction, boasting 29 impressive lots reformatted to focus on domestic and private air experiences during the pandemic, will open at 9 a.m. CST on Saturday, August 22, and will close in waves in conjunction with a special live broadcast presentation.
DCWAF will broadcast the auction live via a YouTube live stream from a studio located at the Hilton Sandestin, where a fully-staffed team will be managing online bids simultaneously with the live broadcast. The live auction will begin at 4 p.m. CST on Saturday, August 22. To view the live stream, viewers are asked to visit the auction event page on dcwaf.org to access the live stream link.
“2020 has challenged all of us to continue to remember what matters most in life. What matters to all of us in the DCWAF family is being there for the children of our community that need us now more than ever,” DCWAF president John Russell said. “We know our supporters believe in our mission and if we give them a safe means to bid, they will show their commitment by bidding high and often.”
Registration to the virtual auction is open to all those wishing to bid for a good cause. For more information on bidding procedures, lot offerings and to register for the virtual auction, visit dcwaf.org.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation connects wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated $21 million to northwest Florida charities by hosting world-class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Currently ranked No. 5, DCWAF has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator Magazine for the past eight years.