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Noshing for a Good Cause

by S. Lynne on July 6th, 2012

Historic Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton Beach is the setting for the fourth annual wine and cheese reception, 2 — 4 p.m., Sunday, July 22,   benefitting the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Guests will enjoy snacks, wine, and cheese while listening to live music and animal rescue stories told by refuge staff and volunteers. There will also be special appearances by the Animal Ambassadors, trained shelter residents sure to win the hearts of all.

This year alone, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has rescued more than 1,200 sick, injured, or orphaned animals.   The Okaloosa Island facility is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to conservation and rehabilitation of Florida wildlife. Funding is provided solely through donations of local residents and businesses, including Magnolia Grill owners Tom and Peggy Rice.

Tickets for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge wine and cheese reception cost $15 per person and can be ordered online at, by calling 850-650-1880, or by e-mailing to

Magnolia Grill, located in a 1910 mail-order catalog house filled with antiques, vintage photos, and other historic memorabilia, is at 157 Brooks Street Southeast in Fort Walton Beach.

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