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Swim with Michael Phelps!

Private Swim Lesson with Olympian Gold Medalist :: Michael Phelps

How amazing would it to be to have your child or grandchild get the opportunity of a lifetime to take a private swim lesson from the most decorated athlete in Olympic history; winning 28 metals! YES, with the one and only Michael Phelps and he’s coming to our area!

One lucky person will have an unparalleled experience to swim along-side one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

Dive in for an epic Pool Party hosted by Phelps himself at Bill and Debbie Toler’s bay front home in Bonita Springs! Enjoy the afternoon while Michael share stories about his amazing swimming career! You’ll make memories to be cherished for a lifetime!



How We’re Changing Children’s Lives

SWFL Children’s Charities is dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. A majority of the funds raised at the 2019 event will go to local organizations focusing on children’s mental and behavioral health to help fill an under served and vitally important need for Southwest Florida. 








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This year’s theme is Making Waves: Building Healthy Minds. Like water, we may not know what is happening below the surface of our minds and bodies. Every family has experienced the pain of mental health and we want to support the children and families who need our help the most. Nearly 1 in 5 families will face pediatric mental health issues and over 46,000 children in Southwest Florida have mental illnesses today.

Also new this year, SWFL Children’s Charities is pleased to announce it’s partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to assist with the grant awards process. Equally as important as the funds we raise, are the recipients of those funds. With a focus on collaboration, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will assist us in awarding the grants to local organizations.

2017 Fund-A-Cause Mental Health



ABOUT US: Under the leadership of its Board of Directors and with the passionate and generous support of its Trustees, SWFL Children’s Charities has donated $21.6 million to local pediatric health care initiatives over the past ten years making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The trustees and sponsors underwrite the event and the nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., and live auction proceeds go to local charities providing pediatric healthcare services in our region.

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Funds Raised Support Local Organizations Providing Healthcare Services to Children

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Sponsors of the 2018 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

Recent News

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SWFL Children’s Charities names nine additional beneficiaries to receive funds from 2019 SWFL Wine & Food Fest

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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces 2018-2019 board of directors and Executive Director

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to introduce its 2018-2019 board of directors, recently elected during the organization’s annual trustee meeting to serve a two-year [...]

New partnership and new focus

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is also announcing a new partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to enhance its grant application and selection process. The [...]

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