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Travel packages, wine lots and more to be auctioned February 23

(Fort Myers, Fla. February 15, 2013) – If you are interested in partying with rock stars, or traveling to some of the most prestigious sporting events of the year, the auction offerings at the 2013 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest may be just the ticket. Auction lots will be sold to the highest bidder(s) during the The Grand Tasting and Auction at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, on Saturday, February 23, concluding this year’s Wine & Food Fest Weekend.

This year’s packages, donated by the trustees and friends of Wine Fest, offer bidders the opportunity to travel to Italy for a Harvest Tour, sail to the Burgundy wine region, or cruise with Norman Love on a Chocolate Cruise from Prague to Budapest, or be a walk on in a movie featuring Andy Garcia. Bidders can also vie for Grandstand Seats at the Grand Prix Monte Carlo, or VIP passes to The Masters. And, there are lots of fine wines, and the opportunity to bid on lifesaving equipment for Southwest Florida’s only Children’s Hospital. Over the past three years, the Fund a Cause lot has resulted in the purchase of dozens of GE Giraffe incubator beds and warming tables for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To see the entire book of auction lots on the website at:

One of the most popular auction lots each year is the artwork created by one of the local children who has been served by The Children’s Hospital. This lot is frequently donated to the hospital, where it remains on permanent display.

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest donates 100% of the funds raised during the auction directly to the benefiting charities. The primary charity is The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida which has received over $4-million from the Wine & Food Fest to date toward a $10 million pledge. Also benefiting are Edison State College’s pediatric nursing program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s endowed Music Therapy program.
Tickets for the Wine Fest weekend of fun range from $500 for Saturday Grand Tasting and Auction tickets to between $1000 and $1,500 per person to also attend a Chef Vintner Dinner, depending on the dinner and availability.
Northern Trust Bank is the title sponsor of the 2013 Wine & Food Fest. Event sponsors also include Miromar Lakes Beach Club, Angelina’s Ristorante, Norman Love Confections, Palm Printing/Printers Ink, Grandeur, The News-Press, Gulfshore Media.

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a signature event of the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children.

For more information, to receive an invitation or to purchase tickets, go to or call 239-278-3900.