Rex Lumber Donates Wood to Help Raise Millions and Build Homes
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida, celebrated its 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 30, 2016 raising more than $2.65 million dollars. Funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations that benefit children in need. Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL is extremely grateful to be one of DCWAF’s 2016 charity partners.
Non-profit charity partners provide support for the DCWAF annual auction and other events throughout the year. Habitat sincerely appreciates those who gave their time and muscle at the various events, and beyond thankful to the 215 volunteers who helped install and dismantle the DCWAF auction floor!
On Saturday, April 23 volunteers laid 1,500 16ft 2x4s flat on the ground then secured 600 sheets of plywood on top with screws. The following weekend on Sunday, May 1 the wood that bidders were standing while raising millions hours earlier was dismantled and hauled onto bales for movement to the Habitat construction site.
All of the wood was donated from Rex Lumber thanks to the generosity of Tim and Caroline (McRae) Dauzat. After the wood was used at the DCWAF auction, the lumber was removed the following day and donated to Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, FL. Habitat is excited to announce the wood will be used to build three homes in Walton County in 2016!
The community is fortunate to have the valued and vital support of Rex Lumber, a family-owned company with a fascinating 90-year history. W. D. McRae established Rex Lumber Company in 1926 in Graceville, Florida, ten years prior to the establishment of the Apalachicola National Forest.
The mill started out as a Cypress Sawmill and later became an Oak Flooring manufacturer. In 1980, the McRae family sold Rex Lumber Company, which they bought back in a bankruptcy auction in 2001. Rex currently operates three mills in Bristol and Graceville, Florida, as well as Brookhaven, Mississippi.
Rex mills employ 434 people directly and have the capacity to produce 458 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine lumber. Rex purchases logs from over 100 local loggers, and employs over 30 other contractors for heavy maintenance and engineering projects at their facility. Rex mills are one of the largest employers in its communities, where other jobs are frequently lowering paying and less desirable.
Needless to say, the McRae family is indeed happy to be back in Graceville and giving back to the community.