Winemakers Benefit Raises $20,000 for William Binford's Recovery

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We're proud to announce that the 2015 Winemakers Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction were able to contribute more than $20,000 to help with the costs of open-heart surgery for longtime employee William Binford.

Community members purchased tickets for $250 to reserve their seats for the dinner, and 100 percent of the proceeds were contributed to the William Binford Recovery Fund. Local businesses donated items for the silent auction and wines were provided by Dunstan Wines of Durell Vineyard, Pip Wines, Sanglier, and Prime Cellars. Wines by these vineyards are all distributed locally by McNeese Distributing.

We do feel like a family and are very thankful for the support that was shown for Binford and his girlfriend, Katy,” said Leslie Bulgarella, co-owner of Bijoux Destin. “Winemakers donated their wines and Joe and Sue Quinlan covered all of our food costs. All the servers donated their time, as well, so it was truly a team effort.”

On January 9, Binford was diagnosed with a torn aorta at just 25 years old. He was flown immediately to Pensacola from Destin for emergency open-heart surgery. Insurance will only cover a small fraction of the total costs accrued from his surgery, hospital stay, and recovery. It is the Bijoux team’s hope that with the support of the community it can raise enough funds to cover at least a significant portion of the costs of this unfortunate situation.


For more information or to make a donation to the William Binford Recovery Fund, please visit his fund-raising page on



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