Children's Volunteer Health Network, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation partner to bring smiles

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

Zach Billingsley knows how important community partnerships are for organizations like the Children's Volunteer Health Network, so when he was able to partner with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation in 2008, he jumped at the opportunity.


"We cannot do what we do without strong support from our community," CVHN's executive director told The Sun. "Partnerships with foundations like DCWAF, local businesses and individuals are critical because this community is why we exist, and this community is the reason we will be able to continue to meet the needs of our local children."


Since 2008, the DCWAF has contributed $395,000 to the help support the mission of the Children's Volunteer Health Network, a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, which seeks "to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured school age children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental and mental health care."


The CVHN, according to its website, estimates that 25 percent of Walton County and 13 percent of Okaloosa County children have no health insurance and 60 percent of Walton County's families have no dental insurance. The site also notes that there are only 15 dentists in Walton County to serve a population of more than 50,000.

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