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Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches 5th Anniversary Season

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Fees Waived for Non-Profit Cook Team Registration for Eggs on the Beach EggFest

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61st Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival

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Memorial Day Concert Celebrations

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Fat Tuesday Parade

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Summer Wild

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House to Host Bourbon Blending Party Featuring Spirits from Local Distillery, Timber Creek

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Welcome the Air Commandos Home- April 13th

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The Market Shops Extends Free Concerts on the Lawn

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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Launches 22nd Annual Season with Expanded Concert Series Kicked Off By Jersey: A Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, April 8

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News Release: Warner Bros. Presents “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” Featuring Sinfonia Gulf Coast, March 25

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Spice up your Saturday at Tequila & Taco Fest!

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Emerald Coast Theatre Company Hosts ’80s Rewind Dance Party ‘Fun-raiser,’ April 14

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30A St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Celebrates 10 Years at Gulf Place

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The Stoked Show In Destin

Emerald Coast Relay For Life’s 2nd Annual Strike Out Cancer

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Hilton Sandestin Appoints New Executive Chef of Seagar’s

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Craft Spirits Festival!

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Community sponsors ready for “Guitars, Glitz and Glamour” at the 10th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball

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Alfonso Academy hosts Hip-Hop Master Class with Erique Mitchell

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Food For Thought is Introducing their “You CAN Help” Food Drive

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Whole Foods Market Hosts “Save Our Bay Oyster Roast” with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Jan. 28

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Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run

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Mary’s Kitchen arrives in Destin

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Holiday Miracles Abound Within Food For Thought Services

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2017 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

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Tickets Now Available! Art of Giving: Kids Art Edition!

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Paddle for Prevention at Henderson Beach State Park

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Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour

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Eggs on the Beach Coming Sept 24th

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Smoke on the Coast 2016

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Whole Foods Market Destin Hosting Lionfish Cooking Demo with Cuvee’s Chef Tim Creehan

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Random Collection of Beautiful Beach Photos from Destin, Florida

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Emerald Coast Theatre Company Announces Family Friendly Comedy IMPROV Show

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2016 Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises a Record Breaking $2.65 Million for Children in Need in Northwest Florida

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11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction Starts April 29th!

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Cirque du Rosemary: Lumiere – Every Tuesday Through August 9th

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Whole Foods Market Welcomes New Store in Destin

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South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival April 28th – May 1st

SweetWater Pint Night with Mellow Mushroom

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Craft Beer & Spirits Jam April 29th

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12th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival May 5th-7th

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Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

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The 5th Annual Food For Thought Outreach Charity Golf Tournament presented by 30A Cottages & Concierge is set for April 7th, 2016

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Concerts in the Village — Todd Allen Herendeen: Legends in Concert

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MATTIE KELLY ARTS FOUNDATION’S KICKS OFF 21ST SEASON WITH MUSIC CONCERT BENEFIT

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Mellow Mushroom Tuesday Trivia benefitting Food For Thought!

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Grayton Beer Company Announces Major Expansion

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YOLO® and Howard Hospitality Team Up to “WOW” South Walton Visitors

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Destin’s Guide to New Flights from Destin to New Orleans

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Tickets to the Film Food Festival in South Walton Reduced Through March 1st

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Emerald Coast Parrot Heads Chili Cook-Off

The Amazing Food at Marie’s Bistro

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Charity Wine Dinner with Schug Winery

Mardi Gras Royalty Reigns Over Spirited Parade

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Announces the Annual Tasting of Champions on February 19th

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29th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

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Inaugural Holiday Harbor Hop announced to benefit Food For Thought Outreach

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25th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival® Weekend Event Schedule

Give Your Family the Best Vacation Ever by Treating them to a Luxurious Experience at the Destin Gulfgate Resort

20th Annual Festival of the Arts

8th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ!

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“Eggs on the Beach” EggFest Barbecue Competition Raises $23,000 for The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast

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InDyne Cook Team Wins Judges Award and People’s Choice Award at the Second Annual “Eggs On the Beach” BBQ Competition at Seascape Resort

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Stages Lip Sync Battle, Oct. 29

Bud & Alley’s Wins First Place and People’s Choice Award at First Annual Bloody Mary Festival

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SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS – Award-Winning Venue for All Occasions

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Love All Tennis, A Food for Thought Benefit and Party

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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Donates Record Breaking $2.3 Million to 15 Children’s Charities in Northwest Florida

The 37th annual Destin Seafood Festival returns to its home on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Bay Breeze Patio Announces Celebrity Guest, Ray Lampe (aka Dr. BBQ), to Attend the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition, Sept. 26

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla.—August 26, 2015–Bay Breeze Patio is pleased to announce that Ray Lampe, better known as “Dr. BBQ”, will be the featured celebrity guest at the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition coming to Seascape Resort on Sept. 26. Dr. BBQ, as he is affectionately known, is a chef, author, and a familiar face on many popular cooking shows, serving as an expert judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” among others. As the Big Green Egg’s spokeschef, Lampe is an expert at cooking foods on the Big Green Egg smoker/grill.

“We had great participation and positive feedback at our first Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition last September,” said Susan Kiley, co-owner of Bay Breeze Patio and event organizer for Eggs on the Beach. “Therefore, we wanted to make year two even bigger. We are thrilled to bring Dr. BBQ to South Walton and show him our Southern Hospitality and beautiful beaches, while he shares his grilling expertise with us.”

After spending 25 years in his family trucking business in Chicago, Illinois, Lampe turned his love of participating in BBQ cook-offs into a new career. He has since authored eight cookbooks, including his recently published title, “Flavorize.” He has cooked and medaled in over 300 BBQ contests, and in 2014, he was inducted into the “BBQ Hall of Fame.” He is currently writing his ninth cookbook and traveling the country as Big Green Egg spokeschef.

Lampe, who has also appeared on HGTV, CNN, Martha Stewart Living and The Howard Stern Show, will be on hand offer expert advice, answer questions and autograph copies of his new cookbook, “Flavorize.”

“For many years I dreamt of traveling the country learning about barbecue — and now I am privileged to make a living by passing on what I’ve learned. I spend about half the year on the road in search of “the ultimate rib” or the “perfect pulled pork,” and I can tell you that I never get tired of it,” said Lampe in an interview for Big Green Egg’s Profile Magazine.

The 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition will feature tastings by more than 25 cook teams, grilling and product demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, “People’s Choice Awards,” silent auction, chances for prizes, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base.

Lampe said “I’m happy to be attending Eggs on the Beach. I’ve heard many good things about this EggFest.”

For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, are on sale now for a discounted price. There are 40 Demo Eggs for sale (25 large and 15 XLarge) and all come with a nest (metal stand), plate setter and a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 – 5 p.m. on September 26.

Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to four and includes use of a Demo Big Green Egg for grilling. Each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Entry fees are waived for non-profit teams who wish to compete for $500 toward their cause.

Taster tickets are also on sale now, featuring advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival

The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host the inaugural Bloody Mary Festival benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made and served by the finest restaurants and bars in the panhandle using Cathead Vodka. Competing restaurants include Bijoux DestinBrotula’s Seafood House & SteamerBud & Alley’s RestaurantDIGGreat Southern CafeLouis LouisMama Clemenza’s, NOLA Boiling Company, Signature Catering of 30AStinky’s Fish CampSunset Bay CafeThe Beach HouseThe Bowery On Thirty-A,The Craft Bar and The Perfect Pig.

The event will also feature live music by local band Sound Advice, and food for purchase by area restaurants including Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, DIG eatery and Island Wing Company Grill and Bar Destin. Guests will also enjoy a mimosa bar by Coastal Wine & Spirits of Florida and frosty brews by Grayton Beer Company.

Facetime Photobooth will provide a dynamic photobooth complete with fun props and accessories to commemorate the event. Special thanks to additional sponsors Churchill Oaks, Velia Lala Fine Art and Pure7 Studios.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. Sinfonia’s goal is to enrich and expand the traditional orchestral experience through unique artistic disciplines and collaborations, enhancing Northwest Florida’s cultural vitality.

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AJ’s Untapped: Craft Beer, Cocktail, and Music Fest

$15 Advanced • $20 at the Door…tickets can be purchased in our upstairs retail shop prior to the day of the event. Live Music by Bri Wehner Music and Tyler Denning Band For more info contact us at 850-837-1913

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DOWNLOAD the Official 2015 Destin Beer Festival App!

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Manta Ray Swimming on the Coast of Destin, Florida [VIDEO]

4th Annual – Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup

Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2015, for the 4th Annual Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup!

Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch. This standup paddleboard event features a one-mile recreational race, a three-mile recreational race, and a six-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, including a cash purse!

Awards
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place racers in our 12’6″ Men’s Elite and 12’6″ Women’s Elite will split a cash purse! Additional awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as 1st place winners for 50+ and for 18 & Under, in the following categories:

1 Mile Recreational Race – Men’s, Women’s

3 Mile Race – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

6 Mile Race – 14’ Men’s Elite, 12’6” Men’s Elite, 12’6” Women’s Elite, Men’s Surfstyle, and Women’s Surfstyle

Visit PaddleAtThePorch.com for more race details.
Website
http://PaddleAtThePorch.com/

The 5th Annual Destin Beer Festival Returns on September 26th

The 5th Annual Destin Beer Festival is a highly anticipated event elevating the craft beer and spirits movement, highlighting local & national breweries alike, and attracting over 1,000 enthusiasts to the Destin area. Proceeds from the event benefit local 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. This year, a series of additional events will be held to make“Destin Beer Week”.

9/22 Colorado Beer Tap Takeover
9/23 Celebrity Brewer Tap Takeover
9/24 Gulfside Party & Concert
9/25 Dogfish Head Anniversary Party
9/26 The Destin Beer Festival

Children in Crisis & The Emerald Coast Autism Center will be proceed recipients for 2015.

For tickets…visit the official Destin Beer Festival website: www.destinbeerfestival.com

2014 Highlights:

  • Event SOLD OUT
  • Over 1200 attendees at the Saturday Main Event
  • Over 40 local and nationally recognized brewers/distillers participated
  • Proceeds benefited the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

Peanut Butter Jam to benefit Food For Thought Outreach

On Friday, July 10, from 4-7pm, NatureWalk at Seagrove invites neighbors, friends, visitors and the local community to come join us for the “Peanut Butter Jam” benefit concert featuring the Forrest Williams Band to support Food For Thought. This Santa Rosa Beach-based charity helps nourish over 750 local students in need so education and not hunger can be their focus. Sponsored by Kolter Homes, the developer of NatureWalk, the event is free, thoughattendees are asked to bring a plastic jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to help fill Food For Thought’s pantry:  over 800 jars of peanut butter a month are used to feed these students.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be available – please visit www.NatureWalkatSeagrove.com for directions.

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 20th Annual Festival Of The Arts

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SEASIDE® and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Announce the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 5-8

SEASIDE®, Fla.July 1, 2015—Aged like a good Bordeaux, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 5-8, 2015, in the award-winning town of Seaside, Fla. Produced in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the town of SEASIDE® presents the highly-anticipated, four-day event featuring some of the world’s premier vintners throughout a variety of special events that take place within the iconic beach town located along Highway 30A and the sugar white sand beaches in South Walton, Florida.

“Our role with the festival continues to grow. Each year, we’ve been able to identify new elements that would make the event an even richer experience,” said John Russell, President of DCWAF. “Building on the festival’s long-standing history coupled with the reputation of DCWAF, we’ve been able to attract some of the world’s pre-eminent vintners. This year, we’re adding a VIP tent to the Grand Tasting, allowing some of these celebrities of the wine world to showcase their exclusive wines and rare varietals.”

Celebrating its silver anniversary, the Seeing Red Wine Festival has grown to be a sell-out event, attracting wine connoisseurs and novices alike. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets well in advance. The Seeing Red Wine Festival has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel, and has enjoyed the outstanding support of Coastal Livingas a sponsor.

The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase their farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table offerings, which pair beautifully with the featured red wines.

The festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. with theVintner’s Dinner at the famed Bud & Alley’s restaurant. Executive Chef David Bishop will create a special menu in collaboration with the featured vintner. Admission is $125 and a limited number of reservations are available.

On Friday, Nov. 6, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting, from 6 to 8 p.m., is an elegant evening showcasing an incredible selection of library wines, featuring vintages that have been cellared to be uncorked at just the right time. Celebrated local chef, Jim Shirley, will prepare a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres that pair perfectly with the featured wines. The evening is complemented by live jazz music under a clear-topped tent and twinkling lights on Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Admission is $200 and a limited number of reservations are available.

The Grand Tasting, from 1 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 7, is the main event and features more than 250 wines for tasting. Guests will spend the afternoon strolling through in Seaside’s Central Square sipping an extensive array of highly sought after wines from around the world, while enjoying live

music, light bites from South Walton’s leading local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on-site. General admission is $150. Available for the first time this year are VIP tickets for $300, which include early admission at 11:30 a.m. as well as access to the VIP amenity tent with a private tasting of rare and premium wines.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the weekend wraps up with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside, followed by the Fall Wine Walkabout & Charity Auction, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach.

The Celebration of Bubbles features sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, among others, which will be complemented by delectable brunch items. Live music and new friends make for a festival morning on the coast. Admission is $60.

From 2-5 p.m., the Fall Walkabout & Charity Auction will feature wines, cocktails, live music and food stations from more of South Walton’s top local restaurants. The event is enhanced by the gorgeous beachside setting on the Hilton’s Sunset Deck, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico and includes a silent auction, featuring wines, vacation packages, and artwork.

“This is a special commemorative year as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Seeing Red Wine Festival, and we’re anticipating a great deal of interest and participation,” said Lori Leath Smith, Seaside Community Development Corp. public relations and marketing director. “Seaside is well-suited for strolling, sipping and socializing – a comforting throwback to simpler times where attendees enjoy not only the wines but Seaside’s intimacy and charm.”

Proceeds from the Seeing Red Wine Festival will be presented to the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which supports 14 local non-profits, serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The DCWAF’s signature event, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, is held annually the last weekend of April at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. In 2015, the auction raised $2.3 million for children in need and is ranked among the top 5 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator.

Presenting sponsors for the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival include The Merchants of SEASIDE®, The SEASIDE Style, VISIT South Walton, Coastal Living magazine and 45 Central.

To learn more or purchase tickets to the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, visit www.SeeingRedWineFestival.com. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided from the Publix at WaterColor Crossings on County Road 395.

Special lodging packages are also available at SeeingRedWineFestival.com. For information about SEASIDE®, visit www.seasidefl.com. For information about the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit dcwaf.org.

Thanks and Congratulations to the Staff at Ward & Ketchersid Law Firm!