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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.

SWFL Children’s Charities is dedicated to saving children’s lives by supporting the region’s growing pediatric health care system. SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has donated over $27 million over the  past 14 years championing children’s causes such as Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest  Florida.

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SWFL Wine & Food Fest

The renowned and prestigious two-day festival features Chef Vintner Dinners creatively hosted in private luxury venues across the region and the Grand Tasting and Live Auction the following day to raise much-needed  funds for children’s  healthcare. The spirited Live Auction featuring an array of exquisite wines, luxurious travel packages, exclusive event access and more. See SWFL Wine Fest in action here!

2024 Theme and Beneficiary

Our theme this year is Peace, Love & Wine #GivingisGroovy and we will be a 1960s theme throughout. It will be Groovy Baby!

Our major beneficiary is the children’s hospital and enhancing pediatric healthcare in our region. In January 2022, we raised $2.1 Million with a majority of the funds going to Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL for the eye institute and to help bring a new program to our area, pediatric neurosurgery. We were thrilled to announce that we have surpassed Golisano himself as the single largest donor to GCH of SWFL with over $25 Million since 2009!

Funds raised also benefit the SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. Nursing Simulation Lab at Florida SouthWestern State College to help educate our next generation of medical professionals.


Do you want to learn more about how to get involved?

Want to reach our attendees?

  • Become a Sponsor of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest!

We rely on our sponsor partners to help fund this major fundraising initiative for our community’s children. If you are interested in reaching our audience via marketing your company or product, please reach out to us.

Current Sponsor Opportunities

  • Donate a cool item or experience!

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest hosts a live and mobile auction of one-of-a-kind experiences in wine, culinary and travel. Maybe you have access to a famous chef, sports team or celebrity you want to share. Let’s talk! Call 239.433.4260

Want to attend the event?


This is the perfect opportunity to entertain clients, award employees or engage potential customers and get company exposure at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. Corporate table sponsorships cost $10,000 and include:

  • Ten seats at one table at the Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Saturday, Jan. 20th at Suncoast Arena at FSW Fort Myers Campus and table signage recognition the day of the event
  • Two seats at a Chef Vintner Dinner of your choice on Friday, Jan. 19th


Tickets go on sale in November prior to the event and can be purchased online. Seating is limited.


  • Includes Chef Vintner Dinner on January 19, 2024 and Grand Tasting & Live Auction on January 20, 2024


  • $1,000 per person for the Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Jan. 20, 2024

Are you passionate about community and want to get more involved?

  • Volunteer for the Event

We are always looking for volunteers in the office setting located in downtown Fort Myers and at the event for the day of the events. Please email

  • Join the Board of Trustees

The Trustees of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. are a group of individuals passionate about providing the best possible healthcare for our children. They are truly the lifeblood of the organization, providing operating capital, and responsible for contributing to its signature event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, through a variety of trustee activities.

About our Trustees

Are you a vintner?

Each year, Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest encourages new vintners to come and get involved in the event. The open spots are limited. For interest in that, please email

Are you a chef?

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest encourages restaurants, catering companies and private chefs to showcase their culinary talents at the prestigious Grand Tasting and Chef Vintner Dinners each year.

More about Chef Participation


Have a story of a family impacted by trauma or emergency healthcare situation?

Each year at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, we feature families who have been impacted by medical trauma or emergencies to help raise awareness for just how important these resources are to our community. To view some feature family stories, visit our YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Share your story at