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LET’S COME TOGETHER FOR OUR CHILDREN…

A MESSAGE FROM THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHILDREN’S CHARITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

As the leaders of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and the 2024 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, it’s our honor to present this special event and come together to put kids first with “Peace, Love & Wine.” As the annual signature fundraiser of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has resulted in more than $27 […]

Giving is GROOVY!

ANNOUNCING THE 15TH ANNUAL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WINE & FOOD FEST

Since 2009, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. (SWFLCC) has raised more than $27 million to support the healthcare needs of kids in Southwest Florida. The most significant beneficiary has been Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, which serves families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Close to $4 million has also been provided for college scholarships and equipment to […]

A LOOK AT THE CHEF VINTNER DINNERS


Cali Peaks and Tuscan Treats: A Summit of Giving Scott Fischer and his wife Mary are excited to host “A Summit of Giving” for 40 elite philanthropists in their newly renovated, Palmetto Point home in Fort Myers. The world-class dinner will feature Tuscan delights by celebrated chef Marco Corricelli, paired with Northern California wines by Lokoya, Cardinale and Elusa wineries. […]

SWFL CHILDREN’S CHARITIES, INC RAISES FUNDS TO HELP CARE FOR RISING NUMBER OFCHILDREN


When your 2 1/2-year-old wakes up screaming with an ominous lump protruding from his abdomen, you are grateful to have a children’s hospital in town. Ed and Rachel Bell of Fort Myers certainly were on New Year’s Eve 2007 as they raced their son, Jack, to the emergency room of HealthPark’s children’s hospital. There he was tested, admitted and diagnosed […]

SMALL BUT MIGHTY SAINT HELENA WINERY

Honored Signature Vintner for the15th Annual SWFL Wine & Food Fest

A committed partner of SWFL Children’s Charities for the past seven years, Saint Helena Winery has been named the Honored Signature Vintner for the 2024 SWFL Wine & Food Fest. Founded in 2000, this compact operation in Napa Valley, California, crafts estate-grown cabernet sauvignon in limited lots for an exclusive clientele. Located in one of the most ideal locales for […]

PEACE, LOVE AND MILA


Unlike many kids her age, 6-year-old Mila Rauser is not shy. She loves to play and interact with people, charming everyone she meets. “I always say, if you’re having a bad day, just hang out with Mila, and she’ll make you feel really good about yourself,” said her mother, Bailey Susic. As the 2024 SWFL Children’s Charities Child Artist, Mila […]

GROOVY AUCTION EXPERIENCES AWAIT

Your opportunity to bid on these incredible auction lots is approaching. Stay tuned for auction day and make your dreams a reality!

Blackberry Fields Forever You and three guests will venture boldly where few have had the privilege – Blackberry Farm, revered for exclusive wine and epicurean experiences and the privacy and serenity of an off-the-beaten-path locale tucked within the rolling hills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. Abounding with southern hospitality, even an obligatory red barn, this hidden gem is beloved by […]

FUND-A-CAUSE AIMS TO BUILD CHILDREN’S SURGERY CENTER


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has become a victim of its own success. After Lee Health built the 300,000-square-foot, 7-story facility in 2017, there was great rejoicing that the 6-county region would have sufficient resources to care for its youngest residents for years to come. Just 6 years later, after the pandemic, Hurricane Ian and an unforeseen population boom […]

$1 MILLION DONATION FUNDS NEW NEUROSURGERY PROGRAM AT GOLISANO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL


The initial month of Benjamin White’s life was a relentless whirlwind, pulling his parents, Paul and Rebecca White, into a high-velocity vortex that blurred moments in an unforgiving storm. This chaotic state persisted since an infection-induced early labor, marked by ominous medical terms like pneumothorax and hydrocephalus. Born at 27 weeks, a significant 13 weeks premature, Benjamin faced immediate challenges. […]

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

California Closets California Closet owners and SWFL Children’s Charities trustees Susanna Woods and Bo Henderson set the tone for charitable giving with their support of many organizations in the community and as sixth-year sponsors of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. The hours they devote and the treasure they share are a clear sign of their dedication to giving […]


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