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For Immediate Release

February 11, 2008
Contact:  Todd Vucovich, Executive Director
                Destin Charity Wine Auction
                (850) 650-3732

Destin, Fl. – The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is extremely pleased to announce a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Viking Range Corporation for its signature “Wine and Dine in Paradise” annual charity gala. This year’s extravaganza is set for April 11th and 12th at the world-class Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

The three-year Viking Range sponsorship is valued at $90,000 and will bolster the Foundation’s mission of connecting wine enthusiasts to raise money for children in need through its premier fund-raising event, Wine and Dine in Paradise.

“We are more than grateful to Viking for their generosity and support. It’s rewarding to count such a prestigious and philanthropic company as Viking among our partners. This partnership will ultimately benefit countless children in need,” said Todd Vucovich, executive director, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.
Viking Range Corporation, named as one of Fortune Magazine’s 2006 Top 10 Breakaway Brands, is not only revered for introducing professional cooking to the home through innovate and exemplary culinary products, but also for the company’s firm commitment to community.

“Viking is pleased to partner with the Destin Charity Wine Auction in helping the Foundation raise money for assisting children and families in need in the Panhandle, said Fred Carl, President and CEO of Viking Range Corporation.  “It’s all about giving back, and Viking applauds the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and their outstanding volunteers  who make it all happen.  We’re looking forward to being more involved with such a good cause.”

In addition to Viking, numerous other businesses and individuals have made a commitment to turn success into significance by lending financial support to the event. Resort Interiors, a gold sponsor, is the Emerald Coast’s largest design and home furnishing center.  Formed by Frank and Julie Kovach in 1995 to help rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Opal, their community outreach continues to enrich many lives through events such as Wine and Dine in Paradise

2008 Silver Corporate Sponsors include Costa Enterprises operating nine unique McDonald’s restaurants along the Emerald Coast; the luxurious Spa at Silver Shells; ABEC Resorts, Inc., providing on-site management for some of Destin’s most sought after resorts; Community Bank, serving the area’s needs for more than 100 years; the Resorts of Pelican Beach offering world-class amenities and breath-taking views of Destin’s world-famous beaches and Destin Plastic Surgery recognized for experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery.  Individual Silver Sponsors include Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation “Friends of the Foundation” members Tom and Carla Becnel and Foundation Board Members Steve and Joan Carter.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome so many illustrious vintners and culinary masters to our area, and we thank them for lending their support and expertise to our grand endeavor. However, none of this would be possible without our gracious individual and corporate sponsors. We are so very appreciative for their support, encouragement and commitment to ensuring that one weekend of festivities will truly create a lifetime worth of benefits for children in need,” said Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation president Joan Carter.

For more information on tickets, donations and sponsorships for the 2008 Wine and Dine in Paradise and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation please visit www.DestinCharityWineAuction.com or call (850) 650-3732.  

About “Wine and Dine in Paradise
The Wine and Dine in Paradise event brings together wine enthusiasts and aficionados, gourmets and gourmands, philanthropists and successful friends and combines their talents and passions to create a grand celebration with a purpose. Festivities include the spectacular Patron Dinners where celebrity vintners are paired with internationally recognized chefs in the most exquisite private homes along the Emerald Coast to create an unforgettable evening rich in flavor, taste and excitement.  The weekend’s centerpiece event is the Walkabout and Auction where the bidding gets fast and frenzied for rare and distinctive wines, spectacular trips and incredible one-of-a-kind items.

Internationally-acclaimed celebrity vintners such as Laurent Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin & Domaine Drouhin, Williams Selyem’s Bob Cabral, Dan Kosta of Kosta-Browne and  David Galzignato with Duckhorn Wine Company, to name just a few; as well as world-renowned chefs Chris Wilson of Emeril’s New Orleans, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace and legendary chef extraordinaire Norman Van Aken of Tavern N Town are quickly making Wine and Dine in Paradise revered as the premier venue for the quintessential charity wine event of the year.

Lending even further credence to the exceptional caliber of the event are this year’s
prestigious honorary chairpersons Garen and Shari Staglin of the renowned Staglin Family Vineyard. 

Proceeds from this year’s event will allow the beneficiary charities of Children in Crisis, Inc., Ronald McDonald House of northwest Florida, Lighthouse Family Retreat and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation to build new homes in a children’s foster care neighborhood.  Money raised also will provide comfortable beds and warm smiles for families with a child receiving live-saving medical treatment, and enable children with cancer and their families to enjoy a seashore retreat where they can laugh, love and regain hope and much more.



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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation  |  4476 Legendary Drive, Suite 203  |  Destin, FL 32541
Executive Director: Todd Vucovich   |  [email protected]  |  (850) 650-3732 |  (850) 650-2985 fax

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