Live Auction 2019-05-13T11:00:34-04:00

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 Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc.

View the 2019 Auction Catalog

Swim with Michael Phelps!

Private Swim Lesson with Olympian Gold Medalist, Michael Phelps

How amazing would it to be to have your child or grandchild get the opportunity of a lifetime to take a private swim lesson from the most decorated athlete in Olympic history; winning 28 metals! YES, with the one and only Michael Phelps and he’s coming to our area!

One lucky person will have an unparalleled experience to swim along-side one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

Dive in for an epic Pool Party hosted by Phelps himself at Bill and Debbie Toler’s bay front home in Bonita Springs! Enjoy the afternoon while Michael share stories about his amazing swimming career! You’ll make memories to be cherished for a lifetime!


Vacation for 20 on Outer Banks, North Carolina

Enjoy a seven-night stay for 10 couples in a beautiful oceanfront 12-bedroom home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In 2016, Happy Ours Happy Yours was awarded Outer Banks Parade of Homes’ New Home of the Year for its excellent design. This home features a well-equipped gourmet kitchen, 10 king-size master bedrooms with private baths, one room with four twin beds and one bunk bedroom each with private baths. Unique features include a custom-built Chris Craft-style boat bar, where you can create your own hand-crafted cocktail. Indulge in the best of luxury, comfort and entertainment with a state-of-the-art theatre room, complete with 130-inch 4K laser projection screen and take advantage of the home’s second kitchen and bar which lead to the resort-style pool equipped with a swim-up bar, tanning ledge, two hot tubs and gas fire pit area. It’s a perfect entertaining retreat with plenty of space to kick back and relax! 

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Coolest Catch with Wild Bill

Extraordinary four-day escape to Costa Rica for eight people and private full-day fishing charter with “Wild” Bill from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.

Get hooked on this unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Enjoy four days at the luxurious Zephyr Palace hotel floating 1100 feet high on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Views of the mysterious tropical rainforest and mountaintops lure you in while you relax on a private beach and relish the beautiful sunsets on the Pacific Ocean.  Join Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch star and navy Veteran, Wild Bill Wichrowski, for a private off-shore fishing excursion of a lifetime! Listen to rich stories of deadly king crab fishing in the Bering Sea while catching your own in one of the top sport fishing destinations in the world!

Cruise along the Nile and Walk Like an Egyptian!

Nine-day Egyptian adventure with an incredible four-day cruise for two people aboard the luxurious Nile river cruiser, the Oberoi Philae. Your journey starts in Cairo where you will explore the some of the most mysterious realms of our planet. Then it’s all aboard! With lavish staterooms and fine dining, you will board the sleek river ship on a leisurely luxury cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Relax at the Oberoi Spa on board The Oberoi Philae offering exclusive treatments and beauty services. Or take a dip in the outdoor, temperature-controlled swimming pool or get a work-out in at the 24-hour gymnasium. Enjoy educational excursions along the Nile with top-notch Egyptologists and discover ancient monuments, magnificent temples and five thousand years of Egyptian culture. 

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.


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