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gallery-2013-wine-festLooking for a win-win? Volunteer at the Sandestin Wine Festival. As a volunteer, you can help the the festival raise more than $75,000 for local charities. Plus, you’ll also get a free day pass (valued at $65) to enjoy the festival on your own. Tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information, and don’t forget to check out our archive for all kinds of different voluntourism opportunities.

For the past 28 years, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has held a wine festival that also gives back to the community. The 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will be held in Baytowne Wharf, Florida, from April 10-13, 2014.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Fisher House and the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. Last year alone, more than $54,000 was donated to these two charities.

The Fisher House Foundation, which started in 1995, received a donation for $33,000 to help continue its work. Hundreds of military families stay at the Fisher House at no cost, while their loved ones are going through treatment for injuries.

SFFK_logo_horizLast year, the Sandestin Foundation for Kids received $21,000 in donations. This foundation supports causes and organizations that are devoted to helping children who are in need of health and economic attention.

The festival expects to have more than 400 volunteers to help out with the events that include wine tastings, cooking lessons from celebrities, live music, and a champagne Sunday brunch to end the weekend festivities.

Volunteers are expected to attend a meeting prior to the festival where they will receive a shirt and their assigned shifts. These  duties may include working at a retail tent, scanning or selling tickets, distributing glassware, working with the suppliers, or distributing ice and water. There will also be time for volunteers to have fun. Each volunteer will have one day off and one complimentary day pass to enjoy the festivities (worth $65).

If you are interested in volunteering, check out the Sandestin Wine Festival website for more information, or send an email to

Tickets can be purchased for one day of the weekend or for the entire weekend. The festival offers package deals with local resorts and hotels that are also located on the Sandestin Wine Festival website.

By Siena Mazero for