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Sandestin Wine Festival Raises More Than $57,000 for Local Charities 

The 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival in the Florida Panhandle, announced today the organization donated $57,500 to three deserving local charities. The proceeds are from the four-day event, held this past spring at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Both the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Sandestin Foundation for Kids were presented with checks totaling $25,000 each. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, who was new to the festival this year, received a $7,500 donation.
“In its 30th year, our festival remains committed to supporting our local community,” commented Alan Meyers, The Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “Our team wanted to significantly increase the amount of donations from the Sandestin Wine Festival. With the help of sponsorships, community partners, and the continued support of our festival from the locals and visitors alike, we were able to more than double our giving from last year. We hope to continue to ultimately benefit our local non-profits in need,” concluded Meyers.
 “We are pleased to partner with Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, who host this annual world-class event,” said Teresa Halverson, President of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. “Their generosity helps us keep military families together when facing a medical crisis. The wine festival, enjoyed by many year-after-year, connects visitors from across the southeast with Fisher House volunteers to make it happen.”   
Sara Becnel, executive director of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, “Our goal is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives. I want to thank everyone associated with the Sandestin Wine Festival for providing these proceeds to support the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. The Foundation is here to provide support for families immediately and when it is needed most for children throughout the Emerald Coast and abroad.” 
Kim Henderson, director of development at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, commented, “We are thrilled to have the Sandestin Wine Festival become our first “Fresh Baked’ sponsor. Their donation will provide cookie dough for both our Niceville and DeFuniak centers for the next 15 months. Each time a child leaves our center, they leave with a fresh baked cookie. It’s always great to see them smile as they come out looking for their cookie.”
The 31th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 20-23, 2017. Chief sponsors of the Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit Magazine, Visit South Walton, Publix, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Fly VPS and SoWal.


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