COASTE: Inspired and Inspirational

COASTE April-May 2015For Jolene Barb, a classically trained Sanibel painter famous for her playful, whimsical caricature-type works, the words artistry and creativity should never be considered exclusive to a select group of predominantly right-brained types. Rather, Barb is a passionate proponent that “everyone is an artist, everyone has a beautiful express – whether it’s writing, music, painting or any other medium. There’s art in really everything we do, and an artist is everybody, of any age.

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GRANDEUR: Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

Grandeur 4-2015The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest took place Feb. 27-28. Guests enjoyed memorable chef vintner dinners in private homes in Lee and Collier counties on Feb. 27 and the Grand Tasting and Auction at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club on Feb. 28. The live auction raised $3.53 million for children’s charities.

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Wine Spectator: Wine Scores Big for Charity in 2014

Wine Spectator 10 Charity Wine Auctions of 2014Revenues at charity wine auctions across the United States continued to grow in 2014. Collectively, the top 10 such events raised $37,248,815 in live sales, an 8.1 percent increase over the previous year’s live-sale total.

The take is the largest in history, surpassing the record set in 2007. Growth was across the board; for the first time, each of the 10 top charity auctions recorded more than $1 million in live sales.

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ESTERO LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE: SCENE ON SITE

Estero Lifestyle Magazine Scene on SiteOne of the nation’s top charity wine auctions, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest offers aged wines and exquisitely crafted foods from a beautiful beach club setting. The festival kicked off Feb. 27 with privately hosted chef/vintner dinners and culminated with the Grand Tasting and Auction Feb .28 at Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse. The annual event benefits the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida SouthWestern State College’s pediatric nursing program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s Music Therapy program.

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NEWS PRESS: Southwest Florida events on list of top wine auctions

Southwest Florida events on list of top wine auctions2With its two wine auctions again making Wine Spectator magazine’s list of top U.S. charity wine auctions in 2014, Southwest Florida philanthropists have reason to cheer.

And the Southwest Florida connections to the top 10 list from 2014 don’t end there. The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, which made the top five, is called by Southwest Florida auctioneer Scott Robertson. He’s called the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest for years but is also gaining greater prominence on the national charity auction circuit.

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FLORIDA WEEKLY: Bonita Springs vintner dinners contribute to record-setting festival

Bonita Springs vintner dinners contribute to record-setting festivalTwo of the nine chef vintner dinners that were part of the donation record-setting 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction were held in Bonita Springs.

One was at Barefoot Beach in the home of Debbie and Bill Toler. The theme was “Old Hollywood,” Charles Mereday of Mereday’s Fine Dining prepared the dinner and the vintner was Fisher Vineyards. The other Bonita Springs dinner was in the home of Ute and Franz Rosinus with an “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” theme. The chef was Andreas Singer of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, and Gamble Family Vineyards and Vineyard 29 were the vintners.

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GULFSHORE LIFE: HOT DISH: Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

gulfshore-life-3-11-2015There was plenty to cheer about Saturday at the seventh annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s live auction. After the intimate Friday night vintner dinners featuring multicourse meals prepared by the area’s most talented chefs—and paired with some of the country’s best wines—patrons hardly needed the help of the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders (a fun addition early on that has withstood the test of time) to get the crowd excited for an afternoon of gourmet eats, fine wines, extravagant prizes and, most importantly, the chance to help out local children’s charities.

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NAPLES DAILY NEWS: Kudos & Kicks

kudosOne of the many worthwhile charitable pushes underway in Southwest Florida is raising money for the new, expanded Golisano Children’s Hospital.

So the resounding success of the 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, one of the primary fundraisers to benefit the hospital, is an outcome worth cheering.

A weekend ago, the annual event at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Estero brought in $3.35 million through the auctioning of 35 lots, such as fine wines, art and specially arranged trips. That easily topped the prior record of $2.5 million raised a year ago.

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THE JOURNAL: RAISING A TOAST

The Journal Raising A ToastPARADISE COAST, YOU’VE DONE IT AGAIN.

Paddles were raised high, fine wine was sipped and culinary creations savored at the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Festival. More than $3.35 million flowed in for Golisano Children’s Hospital during the weekend of Feb. 27-28 and it’s no surprise that a bevy of passionate people made the whole thing possible

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NAPLES HERALD: SWFL Wone and Food Fest donates millions to hospital; child’s artwork breaks world record

Naples HeraldLocal wine enthusiasts gathered at the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest Grand Tasting and Auction at Miromar Lakes on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28. Wineries from all over the country poured into the Beach Clubhouse in Estero to share samples of their finest bottles. All proceeds from the grand auction were run through the SWFL Children’s Charities before primarily benefitting the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Highlights from the fundraiser included performances by the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders, the National Anthem sung by nine-year-old Tori Law and a butterfly release. One child-patient from Golisano, 11-year-old Sophia Black, was presented as the event’s featured artist.

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