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How We’re Changing Children’s Lives

OUR IMPACT HAS BEEN FELT THROUGHOUT THE FIVE-COUNTY REGION! SWFL Children’s Charities is dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. Since 2008, SWFL Children’s Charities has been raising funds to support critical pediatric healthcare needs throughout the region including funds to help dozens of organizations serving our children in healthcare, hunger, mental health, education and more. Nearly $23 Million since 2008. But, there is so much more to do!


SAVE THE DATE FEBRUARY 21st & 22nd, 2020




This year’s theme is Painting a Difference: Putting Kids First. Throughout our region, there are pediatric healthcare needs not being met. Long wait times for families for ophthalmology and mental health services, students needing scholarships to attend nursing schools, families suffering and having to travel outside the area for life-saving services to name a few. SWFL Children’s Charities raises funds to help meet those needs throughout our five-county region.

We invite you to join us to Paint a Difference and put kids first as we kick off another festive season in anticipation of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Join this year’s event chairs, Brooke Denson & Sandy Stilwell Youngquist and help paint a difference in the lives of our community’s children.

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 more than $22.8 million to local pediatric health care initiatives over the past eleven 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 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

Recent News

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces 2019-2020 board of directors

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has introduced its 2019-2020 board of directors, led by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist as president and Jason Stephens as vice president, in addition [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities presents $1.79 million in grants to beneficiaries of 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

Left to right: Joe Pavich, Jenn Pavich, Christin Collins, Jason Stephens, Brooke Denson, Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, Elaine Hawkins, Fred Hawkins and Richard Pitbladdo. Trustees of [...]

2019 SWFL Wine & Food Fest Raises More Than $1.9 Million for children’s charities

More than 225 bidders came together for the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest on Feb. 24, with Live Auction proceeds totaling more than [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. names 2018-2019 trustees of Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has announced its 2018-2019 trustees of its Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest: David and Christin Collins, Dave and Cheryl Copham, [...]

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