Annual Report

For over 34 years, we have donated $17.8 million to Alabama children’s charities. The TumTum Tree Wine Auction is the longest-running charity wine auction in the United States devoted to raising money for children’s charities.

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Our Story

It was a spur of the moment inspirational kind of thing, two big-hearted wine-loving  Birminghamians with a great idea but no experience in wine auctions. They had attended the Napa Valley Wine Auction and wanted to do something similar, to benefit children’s charities in their home state. The first beneficiary was Magic Moments, a local Alabama organization granting wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. It was 1990, nestled in the cozy comfort of Frank and Pardis Stitt’s Bottega Restaurant, attended by 75 patrons who raised around $25,000. No one knew where the auction would go from there . . . What mattered was the impact on the children and the excitement that filled the room. Something great happened that night, and over the last three decades wow has it grown.

One of the auction lots that first night was two bottles of Grace Family Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which sold for $2000. The donor called Dick Grace to let him know what his wine had sold for (a record at that time), and the following year Ann & Dick Grace participated as Honorary Chairman, and the event netted $75,000. Each auction since has had honorary chairmen from the wine community, an all-star list of very generous people making great wine.

As the auction grew, so did the list of beneficiaries and we began to expand our reach towards other local organizations serving children in need. In the Fall of 2005 we changed our name to the TumTum Tree Foundation. We wanted to better capture our mission in our name – to enrich the lives of children by providing a beacon of hope, and a respite from their daily challenges, safely beneath their own TumTum trees, as inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky.

The heart of this organization has always been the children we serve. And their spirit is captured in the participants – kind people, generous wine makers – who come together joyously to have fun and enrich the lives of children. We lift a glass, we are thankful and we dig deep to support those who need it most. And we benefit from being in one of the very best food and wine cities in America! To top it off we get to end the auction weekend with a big-time SEC football game with our wonderful winemaker friends.

We are the TumTum Tree Foundation. We are the longest-running charity wine auction in the United States devoted to raising money for children’s charities. Our sole function is the production of the wine auction and we have raised over $17.8 million dollars since inception.

our 2024 Board Members

Executive Director

Ashley Blomeyer

The TumTum Tree Foundation is excited to announce the addition of a new Executive Director, Ashley Blomeyer. Ashley is focused on growing our annual wine auction into the area’s premier charity event, while exploring new opportunities for patrons and corporate partners.

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Board of Directors

Doug Eckert, PresidentMatt Benak
Jack Bryant
Patrick Carlton
Peter Curtin
Susan Curtin
Sidney Fry
Dennis Goldasich

John Harbert
Branden Henderson
Jamie LeDoux
Kelly Logan
Ryan Lutz
Andrew Pearce
Pardis Stitt
Anne Varner

Members Emeritus

Denise Brown
Ernie Cory
Joseph Covington, Jr.
Tom Curtin
Amy Dobbs
Joey Dobbs
Nancy Ekberg
Stephen R. Hunt Jr.
Ben Johnson
Stewart Lee

Greg Logan
Sally Mackin
Danny McKinney
Kaye McWane-Rosse
Tony Meyer
Tom Miller
Richard Pizitz
Gene Price
Frank Stitt