Taylor Haugen Foundation’s 10th and Final Savor the Season Fundraising Event Oct. 24


Tickets are on sale now for the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s 10th Annual Savor the Season. This can’t miss fundraiser will be on the evening of Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin. As the last edition, this is a must attend fundraiser!

Since the inception in 2009, the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Savor the Season has served as a catalyst for safety in youth football. What started 10 years ago to share Taylor’s story and to educate others about abdominal injuries has turned into one of the area’s premier wine and food pairing fundraisers. The Emerald Coast’s top chefs will each present a uniquely crafted food and wine pairing for attendees to enjoy in a walkabout environment. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment by #1 Billboard Charting saxophonist Michael J. Thomas.

Each of the chef’s tastings will be perfectly paired with hand selected wines, graciously provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. Guests will enjoy a silent auction and an exciting live auction. Auction items feature vacations, unique experiences, fishing trips, spa treatments and more. The exciting wine pull allows guests to randomly select a fine wine from the display and potentially walk away with a bottle worth hundreds of dollars. 

Savor the Season Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online at THFSavorTheSeason.org. As well as enjoying the sunset on the Captain’s Deck, guests can receive special room rates at the Emerald Grande. Ten years of Savor the Season has helped the Taylor Haugen foundation build and recognize youth leaders and promote abdominal sports safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen. Taylor, a Niceville High School wide receiver, tragically passed away in 2008 from an abdominal injury sustained in a football game. The funds raised go directly towards The Foundation’s Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) program and providing scholarships for outstanding local student athletes. As of summer 2019, The Foundation has now out-fit over 5,000 student athletes across 14 states with new high-tech, next generation abdominal protective gear, including over 3,000 of these student athletes in our local area.  And, the Foundation has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships since its founding.

The lineup of culinary talent this year includes:

  • Christopher Holbrook, Executive Chef at Signature Catering of 30A
  • Ruston Johnson, Executive Chef at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  • Lee Guidry, Executive Chef of Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood 
  • Heidi McAnulla, Chef at Bake My Day
  • Mark Eichin, Executive Chef at Restaurant Paradis
  • Dan Pettis, Owner and Executive Chef at One 20-A Modern Bistro
  • Culinary team at Grande Vista Bar & Grill within The Emerald Grande
  • Gary Palm, Executive Chef at Primrose Restaurant within The Henderson Resort

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact THF8080@gmail.com or call 850-842-9093. 

About the Taylor Haugen Foundation:

The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after a traumatic abdominal injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008. The Foundation builds and recognizes youth leaders and promotes abdominal sport safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen. They provide awareness, education and abdominal injury protection to secondary aged schools and leagues in contact sports, through its YESS© Program (Youth Equipment for Sports Safety). The Foundation also recognizes and supports outstanding scholar-athletes with scholarships and awards. For more information, go to TaylorHaugen.org or find Taylor Haugen Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.