On August 24, Destin’s Harbor Docks restaurant held its 34th Annual Charity Auction benefiting Take-A-Kid Fishing Day and Destin Harvest. The event started with a silent auction and culminated with a live auction hosted by world famous auctioneer Ted Corcoran. Among the many items up for bids—vacations (to Livingston, Montana; Aspen, Colorado; and Deer Valley, Utah), fishing trips, and a 30-person holiday party catered by Harbor Docks’ very own Yoshie Eddings.
By the end of the night, a new record had been set with $57,293.00 raised.
The crowd of roughly 175 people enjoyed a buffet dinner of beef tenderloin, stuffed shrimp and sushi provided by Harbor Docks during the silent auction before the main show started.
Just before the live auction began, Jeff Shoults—captain of the 66-foot G&S “Mollie”—presented Harbor Docks owner Eddie Morgan with a $5,000 donation for Take-A-Kid Fishing Day on behalf of G&S Legacy. There were other donations made in addition to monies raised directly through the auction, including another $5,000 donation on behalf of Wyndham Vacations.
“We are thankful for the dozens of volunteers who put in time to help make the event happen, and for the hundreds of local residents and businesses who donated such great items,” said Mr. Morgan. “And, of course, everyone who came to the auction, whose generosity will allow us to take so many children fishing in November.”
Next up on the Harbor Docks Charities calendar is the 34th Annual Caddyshack Classic golf tournament, to be held at Emerald Bay Golf Club on Thursday, Oct. 3, followed by the 25th annual Take-A-Kid Fishing Day Sunday, Nov. 3, at Harbor Docks.
This year, Harbor Docks hopes to take 300 children fishing, as well as feed them breakfast and lunch, and send each home with a t-shirt and rod and reel.
“We encourage everyone, but especially those who have helped us raise money through the auction, cobia tournaments and golf tournament, to come out to Harbor Docks the first Sunday of November and see what this money is used for,” said Mr. Morgan. “It is a truly special day, and seeing so many smiling youngsters makes it all worth it.”
Reservations for Take-A-Kid Fishing Day will be taken starting Oct. 1, and more information will be provided in the coming weeks.
For more information on Harbor Docks Charities or Take-A-Kid Fishing Day, email Jackie@harbordocks.com.
– Jackie Tway