Live Auction 2019-11-13T16:59:14-05:00

Live Auction

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. just finished up the 2019 SWFL Wine & Food Fest Live Auction in February! This year’s Live Auction raised over $1.79 Million for local children’s healthcare and education initiatives. The 2019 Auction had phenomenal live auction lots that were up for bid! You can check out a sampling of last year’s items below.

We are already planning the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Live Auction, which will take place Saturday, February 22nd, 2020. The extraordinary packages will include exclusive international and domestic getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The Live Auction is made possible through the generous donations from friends of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., including trustees, donors and distinguished vintners, as well as through the travel services of different agencies.

View the 2019 Auction Catalog

Learn about a few of our exciting 2020 Auction Lots!

Live Like a Celebrity at The Century!

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship held each July from the shores of stunning Lake Tahoe is one of the most exclusive US sporting events. This premium package includes, a 5-night, 6-day stay in a lakeview Tahoe King room at The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe.  

Two tournament passes for each day of your stay will allow you VIP access to the greens to watch all the daily rounds. Don’t miss this private and exclusive opportunity to get up close to your favorite athletes and stars while surrounded by the majestic mountains and sparkling blue waters of Lake Tahoe—one of our country’s most exquisite of destinations!


Italy like you’ve never experienced before!

Enjoy Italy natives, Claudia and James Beard award-winning chef Jeff Michaud, on a custom culinary trip offering face-to-face experiences with the most acclaimed winemakers, cheesemakers, food artisans, and Michelin-star chefs in northern Italy. Enjoy six nights at the Venica & Venice Wine Resort and travel the Italian countryside on a culinary tour that will have your taste buds singing! You will meet talented chefs and taste their incredible gastronomic riches in a land full of history! From UNESCO World Heritage site, Trieste, on the corner of the Adriatic Sea, to the unspoiled landscape of the Alpine Village of Sauris, this trip takes you off the beaten path to the Fruili region with wineries scattered among small villages and old churches to savor the foods and incredible wines in this unspoiled corner of Italy. Ciao!

Date specific: July 6-12, 2020

*Winning bidder could choose to use in 2021. 2021 trip dates to be announced.

Dove Hunting Adventure for four people in Argentina

Get ready for three full days of the non-stop shooting action of this once-in-a-lifetime trip with friends or family and experience a Cordoba dove hunt in beautiful Argentina! Millions of dove await you and your guests at this Orvis-endorsed luxurious lodge, Posta Del Norte! This private lodge is nestled in the famous hills of Cordoba and known for its unparalleled personal service, fire-prepared steaks and exquisite Malbec wine. Enjoy spectacular views while you dine on south American cuisine prepared daily by private lodge Chefs. Then, relax by the fire, receive a massage, enjoy a drink at the gaucho bar and tell stories of your day of excitement in the Argentinean hills! Salud!

Learn more about Posta Del Norte.

Scott Robertson, Auctioneer

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is proud to welcome back auctioneer, Scott Robertson. Scott is recognized by his peers as one of the top professional full time benefit auctioneers working in the United States today. For over 20 years, he has skillfully conducted hundreds of benefit auctions throughout the country and helped raise millions of dollars for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Scott is especially pleased to be the auctioneer at this event as he knows first-hand how the money raised today impacts the charities that benefit from the proceeds. CLICK HERE.

Kellie Burns, Live Auction Emcee

Kellie Burns is easily recognized as one of the anchors of NBC2 News at 5:00, News at 5:30 and News at 6. But Southwest Florida residents also know her best for her commitment and dedication to numerous local charities. The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is honored to have Kellie’s continued support and as this year’s celebrity emcee. Kellie’s award-winning career includes two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Hard News Feature, and Series Feature Reporting. She has also been honored with the Florida Associated Press Award for Long Serious Feature, Individual Achievement and Investigative Reporting. Some of the honors she has received outside the world of television include: Gulfshore Life Magazine’s “Woman of the Year,” “2010 Power Women in Lee County” by Florida Weekly Newspaper and named one of “Southwest Florida’s 47 Power Players for 2010” by Gulfshore Business Magazine.

Stacey Deffenbaugh, Pass the Hat Wave Maker

Stacey Deffenbaugh is a familiar and friendly face in Southwest Florida. Nearly 18 years ago, she joined Waterman Broadcasting and is now the weekend anchor for NBC-2 News. She also has a passion for supporting numerous charitable organizations in Southwest Florida, including The American Cancer Society, The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, The March of Dimes, and the American Red Cross, and has received numerous recognitions for her charitable contributions to our community. The SWFL Children’s Charities is honored to have her continued support of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

 Rachel Pierce, Professional Child Artist Mentor

Rachel Pierce is the co-anchor of NBC2 News Today in SWFL, Emmy nominated journalist, and currently sits on the board of the Naples Press Club. She has enjoyed working as a journalist for over 16 years, but her other passion is art. Rachel’s signature Florida style art is a thriving business and also works well to bring in money for local non-profits. She has donated dozens of paintings for live and silent auctions to benefit many charities near and dear to her heart in Southwest Florida. Rachel is a mother of four, three daughters and one son, and has been married to her husband Matthew for 14 years. They love calling Southwest Florida home. The SWFL Children’s Charities is honored to have her continued support of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.


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