Sandestin Wine Festival raises $20,000 for local charities

May 30, 2014, 09:00 ET from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Proceeds benefit both Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids

DESTIN, FL, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast, is donating $20,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes.

In its 28th year, the festival continues its commitment to supporting local charities. After a successful event April 10-13, the Sandestin Foundation for Kids was presented with $10,000 and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast was presented with $10,000.

"We are honored that proceeds from this event benefit local charities like Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids," says Alan Meyers, the Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. "These organizations are vital to the support of our community and the volunteerism provided for the festival are both crucial to the success of the event."

Kim Henderson, executive director of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, commented "These donations help support military families staying with us during a medical crisis by providing families with the comforts of home. Comforts such as: hosting birthday and back to school parties for children, providing transportation to school so children do not have to change schools, purchasing clothes and more."

The 2014 Sandestin Wine Festival also provides support to another local program, the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, which assists children in need. Meyers commented, "100% of the proceeds go right back to the community, as there are no administrative expenses, truly making a positive difference in children's lives." Sara Becnel, a representative of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, "We are thrilled to receive a donation from the Sandestin Wine Festival again this year. With donations like this, we are able to continue our effort in helping children and families both locally and around the world."

"Our donations from this year's festival build on those that we have already contributed, and we hope to continue our relationship with these organizations for many years to come," concluded Meyers.

For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival, visit For added savings, purchase tickets online prior to the event. Group discounts are also available.

About the Sandestin Wine Festival
The Sandestin Wine Festival is the longest, continuously running wine festival in the Southeast. Thousands of people enjoy festival events including Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights in November, plus Wine Dinners, Seminars and Grand Wine Tastings in April. For information, visit

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin's APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

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