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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is also announcing a new partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to enhance its grant application and selection process. The partnership will be instrumental in selecting the annual beneficiaries of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, leveraging the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s vast resources to implement criteria to assess potential beneficiaries of the mental and behavioral health focus, as well as the stewardship of funds and monitoring of performance and results.

“We are excited about the emerging partnership with Southwest Florida Children’s Charities.  The Wine Fest inspires so many to give generously to children in our region and this year’s focus on funding mental and behavioral health is meeting a critical need in our community.  The foundation team looks forward to working with the their board and local non profits to find innovative and impactful services to those most in need,” Sarah Owen, President and CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is kicking off its 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest fundraising season with the announcement of a new organizational focus on mental and behavioral health.

“The demand for mental health services is far greater than what is currently available in our region, and we received an overwhelming response in 2017 through our event’s Fund-A-Cause for mental and behavioral health. Since then, the momentum has continued to grow,” said Debbie Toler, co-chair of the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. “Thousands of local children are affected by these invisible illnesses, and as an organization, we see an opportunity to truly serve as a champion for mental and behavioral health within our community. We are thrilled to support this initiative in a greater capacity through our annual fundraising event, working together to build healthy minds and break the stigma against mental illness.”