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SWFL Children’s Charities pledges $3 million to establish eye institute

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. has pledged $3 million to establish the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Physician Group currently provide ophthalmology services to children throughout Southwest Florida. For the last five years, they have had only one pediatric ophthalmologist operating in a 1,400-square-foot [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities hosts 2020 SWFL Wine & Food Fest Child Art Program

Over the weekend, professional artist, Rachel Pierce, also an anchor with NBC-2, met and helped Eleanor O'Neal, 1-years-old, and her 4-year-old brother, Conner, paint a canvas for the 2020 SWFL Wine & Food Fest. This year's theme, Painting a Difference, led the inspiration for the artwork and also the cause of pediatric Ophthalmology. This year's [...]

SWFL Children’s Charities Hosts Pre-Event Social for 2020 SWFL Wine & Food Fest

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently hosted a social reception in anticipation of the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, bringing trustees, sponsors and supporters together to commence another season of spirited philanthropy. The cocktail reception was hosted by trustees Ray and Jessica Higdon at their home in Miromar Lakes. Event chairs Brooke Denson and [...]

Kickoff event for 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently hosted a kickoff event in anticipation of the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, bringing trustees, sponsors and supporters together to commence another season of spirited philanthropy. The cocktail reception was hosted by trustees Jason and Kelly Stephens at their home in Naples. Chairs Brooke Denson and Sandy Stilwell [...]

2020 SWFL Wine & Food Fest Chairs & Theme Announced

  SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is bringing a splash of color to the Southwest Florida community with the theme of its 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, “Painting a Difference.” Celebrating its 12th year, the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place Feb. 21-22, 2020. Held in the vibrant setting of [...]

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 SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presented grants totaling $1.79 million to 14 beneficiaries of the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest to enhance pediatric healthcare services and education programs in [...]

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 $1.9 million in support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s efforts to build healthy minds and lives for the children of Southwest Florida. Held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort [...]

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, Patrick and Brooke Denson, Dave and Pat Gibbons, Michelle Graham and Peter Vamvakaris, Fred and Elaine Hawkins, Ray and Jessica Higdon, Jeff and Susan Lagarce, Steve and Ester Machiz, Joe [...]

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 term. The 2018-2019 board of directors is led by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist as president and Jason Stephens as vice president, in addition to Debbie Toler as vice president of public relations, [...]