Sandestin Gumbo Festival Raises $4,600 for Sandestin Foundation for Kids

MIRAMAR BEACH, FL (04/25/2018). The 29th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, one of the most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast, announced Tuesday that the organization donated $4,600 to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. The donations from Baytowne Wharf were given in return for Sandestin Foundation for Kids providing volunteers to Gumbo Fest and from four of this year’s winners who donated their prize winnings to the Foundation. The Gumbo Festival is a two-day event, held over President’s Day weekend at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

“Gumbo Fest offers the opportunity for guests to sample gumbos, each with its own take on the Cajun Creole delicacy, from many of our local restaurants,” stated Alan Meyers, The Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “We are very fortunate to have the support of our sponsors, community partners and locals and visitors alike that make it possible for us to provide funding to local non-profits and we are proud to present the proceeds to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.”

Throughout the Gumbo Festival, attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite gumbo and prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Sandestin’s Marina Bar and Grill, Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant and Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. all placed in the gumbo competition and donated their winnings back to the Foundation.

“The mission of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives, and with the support of events such as the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, we continue to impact children’s lives, one at a time throughout the Emerald Coast and abroad,” stated Sara Becnel, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort executive director and co-trustee of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. “It’s humbling to see so many volunteers come out to make a difference in these children’s lives and the additional support from businesses who gave not only of their time; but their prize money.”

The 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival is set for February 15-16, 2019. For more information on the Sandestin Gumbo Festival 2019, 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 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bayfront, 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. Follow @Sandestin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest events and news.

About Sandestin Foundation for Kids
The Sandestin Foundation for Kids was founded in 2011 by the owners of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the Becnel Family. The structure of the organization allows for funds to be quickly gifted to children and families in need. Sandestin Foundation for Kids goal is to provide support immediately, when it is needed most to children throughout the community and abroad. The Sandestin Foundation for Kids is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) governed by a Board of Trustees.

About The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Located along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay in Northwest Florida, The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, galleries and nightlife -- not to mention a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. Recently voted Best Place to Be Seen on the Emerald Coast and Best Local Attraction, Baytowne Wharf features 16 retail shops, 11 activity and entertainment establishments, and 20 award winning restaurants and night clubs. For more information on events and merchant happenings, follow Baytowne’s Facebook posts and live tweets.

Aleis Tusa
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Manager - Marketing & Public Relations
[email protected]

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