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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2013) – SKANSKA GATES has signed on as the Title Sponsor of the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Feb. 21-22, 2014 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. A joint venture, SKANSKA is a world leading project development and construction group and GATES, with offices in Southwest Florida and the Republic of Panama, is a full service construction management, general contracting and design build firm.

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest begins with dinners featuring select vintners and local chefs in private homes from Fort Myers to Naples Friday, Feb. 21. The two-day event concludes with a Grand Tasting and Auction the following day, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

“SKANSKA GATES is proud to sponsor the 2014 Wine Fest,” said Todd Gates, chairman of GATES. “Together, we are committed to community service and improving the lives in our community.”

The festival founded by SWFL Children’s Charities, a nonprofit organization that provides funding to local children’s causes, has raised more than $8.9 million over the last five years making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County. The primary beneficiary is the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida which is scheduled to open in 2016 at HealthPark Medical Center in South Fort Myers. The state-of-the-art family-center children’s hospital will provide new and expanded pediatric medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

The Wine Fest also helps support the Edison State College Pediatric Nursing Program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s music therapy program at the Bower School of Music.

For Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest tickets, sponsorships or additional information, contact SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. at 239-513-7990, email or visit