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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2013) – SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides funding to local children’s causes, has announced new officers effective July 1, 2013: Elaine Hawkins, president; Dorothy Fitzgerald, vice president and secretary; and Gary King, treasurer.

All three have been involved as trustees for several years in the organization’s annual event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, as well as other philanthropic causes in the community. SWFL Children’s Charities donates the proceeds from the event primarily to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Additional benefiting organizations are Edison State College’s pediatric nursing program and Florida Gulf Coast University’s music therapy program.

More than $8.9 million has been raised over the last five years. The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a two-day event that begins with dinners featuring select vintners and local chefs in private homes from Fort Myers to Naples Friday, Feb. 21, and concludes with a Grand Tasting and Auction the following day, Saturday, Feb. 22 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

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