Calendar Announcement/Save the Date: 2015 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

What:
The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a two-day signature event of the SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children.

Extraordinary Chef Vintner Dinners held in host homes from Naples to Captiva are followed by a Grand Tasting and Auction the next afternoon at Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse.

Funds raised during the auction directly benefit the charities; more than $11.4 million has been raised over the last six years. The primary charity is the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Also benefiting are Florida SouthWestern State College’s pediatric nursing program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s music therapy program.

When:
Feb. 27 and 28, 2015
Chef Vintner Dinners: Friday, Feb. 27
Grand Tasting and Auction: Saturday, Feb. 28
Grand Tasting      Noon-1:30 p.m.
Auction                   2-4 p.m.

Where:
Beach Clubhouse at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club
10160 Miromar Lakes Blvd. East
Miromar Lakes, FL  33913

Co-chairs:
Elaine Hawkins and Dorothy Fitzgerald

Tickets:
$1,500 per person for both events, Vintner Dinner and Grand Tasting & Auction
$500 per person for Grand Tasting & Auction
Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available

Info:
SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., 239-513-7990, info@swflwinefest.org, www.swflwinefest.org

Contact:
Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, sharon@gsma.pro

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In the News: SWFL Wine and Food Fest

The News-Press: About 375 guests enjoyed culinary creations poolside Saturday at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club. A dozen chefs prepared gourmet bites and vintners poured glasses of their finest wines during the Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest’s Grand Tasting.

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In the News: 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

The-Banner: Scenes from the 2014 Southwest FloridaWine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Saturday, Feb. 22. The annual event raised $2.5million for SWFL Children’s Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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In the News: Wine & Food Fest raises $2.5 million for Golisano Children’s Hospital

Florida Weekly: Top-flight wines and gastronomic delights. Flawless weather. Ravens cheerleaders, shaking and stirring. Add in some 375 people who opened their hearts and wallets and the result is that the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raised a stunning $2.5 million to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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In the News: Good people aid good cause

The News-Press: The work, treatment and care done at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is so important. Young lives are given hope. Young lives are saved.

The generous giving from people within our community to make sure Golisano receives the money needed for a world-class facility outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment is just as important. There was no bigger example of that giving than what happened Saturday at the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting & Auction. The event at Miromar Lakes Golf & Country Club raised an incredible $2.5 million, not only for Golisano but also the pediatric nursing program at Edison State College and the music therapy program at FGCU.

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In the News: Raising glasses, money for the sake of children

Naples Daily News: Simply astounding.

Or, as an event organizer put it: “Between the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders and the good wine and people who care about children, it’s the perfect storm.”

So said Todd Gates amid the excitement of the weekend’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest that raised more than $2.5 million in support of causes topped by Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and medical training programs at Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University.

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In the News: Auction sets new record: $2.5M

Naples Daily News: The nature of the charities —helping children and families get high quality local pediatric health care — is what makes the event extra special, she said.

“It’s the circle of giving and the circle of life that have come together,” Fitzgerald said. “The wine and the food is just to entertain ourselves,but this is all about giving and giving from your heart.”

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In the News: Money flows freely at auction

The News-Press: Raising $20,000 at a function for any charity is enough to excite a room, but raising that amount on top of last year’s record of $2.5 million had the crowd at the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting & Auction jumping out of their seats.

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In the News: Dinner has guests feeling blue

The News-Press: At one home overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, it was a balmy blue night like no other.

Filmy royal blue tapestries rippling in a slight breeze lured guests in navy, azure and turquoise cocktail attire to a sumptuous supper brimming with blue cheese, blueberries and blue potatoes — accompanied by sips of fine wine while a saxophone serenaded the night with blues.

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In the News: Hosts set table for success

The News-Press: The movers would be here in 15 hours. They would remove the chairs upholstered in silvery satin from the entryway, and the couches and tables overlooking the infinity-edge pool that seems to pour into Little Hickory Bay behind this mangrove-lined home in Bonita Springs.

They would make way for the jazz band that will welcome guests to this Mardi Gras-themed party tonight. And for chef Jeremy Houston of The Capital Grille, who will be plying the flavors of the Big Easy for first-time Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest hosts Debbie and Bill Toler, and 30 of their charitable guests.

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