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Building Communities Beyond the Closing Table

Let’s Make the World a Better Place!

The spring season here along the Emerald Coast is a busy time for nonprofit events. From giving back to children’s charities to raising money for military veterans and everything in between, we are committed to community involvement and building a better tomorrow.

Setco is passionate about giving back to the community through many organizations, learn more about just some of them below.

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

A big highlight of our involvement in the community is sponsoring the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), which raises money for sixteen local children’s charities along the Emerald Coast. Each year, Setco has helped raise, on average, $3 million in partnership with the DCWAF to aid local charities.

DCWAF’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $25 million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting world-class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse.

Chi Chi Miguel Weekend

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation recently completed a successful weekend of fundraising events in Walton County. The events started with a multi-course wine dinner at Emeril’s Coastal, followed by Burnt Pine Golf Club hosting a golf tournament with exciting hole activations, and the weekend culminated with a benefit auction and barbecue rib cook-off. The weekend’s fundraising efforts benefitted five Gulf Coast nonprofit organizations: Alaqua Animal Rescue, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, The Ingram Lee Foundation, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast.

Founded in 2002 by Chef Emeril Lagasse and his wife Alden, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity headquartered in New Orleans. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor, and enable youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition, and arts education with a focus on life skills development. Since its inception, Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted more than $18.5 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition, and arts programs. The Foundation accomplishes this through three programs. The Community Grants program provides programmatic and capital support to nonprofit organizations nationwide. The signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, is a national education initiative created to enrich the lives of elementary and middle school children through a fun, fresh perspective on food. The Aarón Sánchez Impact Fund, the newest program, will provide culinary arts education and human services programming for Latino youth.


Crescendo is “the highest point reached in a progressive increase of intensity” and an apt name for the event of the 2023 Northwest Florida social season. “Crescendo! is ‘extra.’ It’s unlike any other annual event we produce. There’s a musical component to it for sure, but it’s a way to bring people together to raise funds and awareness for our music education and community engagement outreach programs throughout Northwest Florida,” says Sinfonia Music & Artistic Director Demetrius Fuller. Proceeds from Crescendo! benefits Sinfonia and its music education community engagement outreach programs, which include musicians/guest artists in schools, free orchestra concerts, bus transportation for students, Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program, Arts in Medicine initiative with Sacred Heart Hospital, and Link Up concerts for third through fifth graders in partnership with Carnegie Hall and more.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast was founded in 2005 on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast to redefine the symphony experience. Under the guidance of founder and Music Director Demetrius Fuller and a dedicated board of directors, the nonprofit orchestra is in its 17th season of innovative musical programming designed to entertain, educate and inspire the community.

Since its founding, Sinfonia Gulf Coast has presented more than 650 concerts and events that have reached over 450,000 patrons, has collaborated with numerous nonprofits and businesses throughout the community, and has reached more than 180,000 children through its Sinfonia Guest Artists in the Schools program/music education outreach initiatives.

Magdalene's Inc.

Magdalene’s Inc. is a Florida not for profit corporation established for with the purpose of helping women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, abuse, and addiction through trauma-informed therapeutic, educational, rehabilitative and vocational programming. Magdalene’s is a faith based organization that works locally in Florida to help women dealing with a variety of hardships due to human trafficking.

Magdalene’s mission is “to love and serve all women in their journey toward healing and restoration.” With a focus on long-term care through Magdalene’s House, a long-term residential treatment facility for adult women survivors of sex trafficking.

You can support Magdalene’s through donations, volunteering, and Gifts & Gatherings with all the net proceeds used to bring awareness around the issue of sex trafficking in the Florida area, to provide and enhance services for survivors, and to support Magdalene’s House.

52 Weeks of Giving

Each year, our eleven offices commit to 52 weeks of giving. During our 52 weeks of giving, each office selects a charitable organization in its region to give back to the community each week. If you have a charity suggestion for us or would like to discuss any of these organizations please contact us!

Setco is on the front-lines to build communities beyond the closing table.