$2.66 MILLION Distributed to Local Children's Charities

DCWAF has donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations since its inception in 2005. This year's results are a $360,000 increase over the $2.3 million donated last year.

               2016 Recipients

               AMIKids Emerald Coast
received $125,000 to fund one Mental Health Counseling Academic Interventionist for high-risk youth. Funding will allow facilities the purchase of a new, safe bus for students to be transported to and from school.


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
received $200,000 to allow double the amount of students from last year (200 children across four counties) to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure.

Children in Crisis, Inc
received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Opportunity Home, Sue Sue's Cottage, YaYa's Home, and the Travis Tringas Home provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle.

Children's Volunteer Health Network 
received $200,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two hygienists on the Mobile Dental Clinic, and one full-time dentist and support staff at the CVHN Dental Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care. In addition, they will be able to purchase new detail supplies and cover the maintenance and repairs of their equipment.

Emerald Coast Autism Center
received $200,000 to fund scholarships and their capital campaign, a new facility to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students.

Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center
received $300,000 to aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility, a child-friendly atmosphere to provide counseling, family services, and facilitation of investigations for child abuse and neglect.

Food For Thought Outreach
received $175,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break.

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County
received $180,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in Walton County.

Opportunity Place
received $75,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families, while the Homelessness & Housing Alliance received $20,000 for long-term solutions to homelessness


Pathways For Change
received $200,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men's residential treatment and operations for the family center.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future.


Shelter House of Northwest Florida
received $155,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support their Youth Prevention Program, Therapists for children, supplies such as school snacks and diapers, tutoring materials, community outings, and the Youth Community Action Team.

The Arc of the Emerald Coast
received $200,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities.

Youth Village
received $125,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction along with after-school programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast.

DCWAF Children's Fund

In addition to funding the 14 local charities, DCWAF has created the DCWAF Children's Fund, which represents the funds set aside for any of the DCWAF charities that have an emergency need.

"DCWAF identified a need to prepare for the future, so we created a safety net for our charities that may have an emergency need outside our normal contributions," said John Russell, president of DCWAF. "It is our hope to continue to grow this fund as an insurance policy for our charities over the coming years."

The Children's Fund received $55,000 that will serve as a contingency fund for charity partners and will be used as a safety net to serve children in need in the event of an emergency. DCWAF has realized a long held dream to create a fund for future needs. The DCWAF Children's Fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an emergency need.

DCWAF also recognized a Board Member of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year at the Check Presentation Ceremony.

Bob Gelardi, Charity Relations Chair, was named the Board Member of the Year. With decades of Board Management experience and close relationships with all of our charities, Bob is a tremendous asset to our board. He attends nearly every charity event and is a leader in our community with dedication and philanthropy.


Bill Rennicke was named Volunteer of the Year. Organizing an army of 187 volunteers to help build our auction floor every year, Bill is a vital part of the production of the auction. Coordinating this is no small task. The lumber (donated by Rex Lumber) is then deconstructed and used to build a Habitat for Humanity of Walton County home.


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To see our past financials, see our annual reports. Stay tuned for the 2016 annual report, which will be on our website shortly.

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