One hundred percent of the live auction proceeds go directly to support SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. beneficiaries including Golisano Children’s Hospital and pediatric education programs at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For a list of the auction lots that will be available for bid, visit www.swflwinefest.org.
With this year’s auction lots, bidders will have the opportunity to compete for a wide variety of experiences and opportunities as they enjoy gourmet food and wine. Amongst the 40 auction lots up for bid, await a selection of luxurious travel packages that will allow the highest bidders to explore a handful of the most popular destinations in Australia, take a two-day sport fishing charter on the bright blue Costa Rican ocean waters or go on an adventurous Kenya and Tanzania safari through the wilderness, enjoying unparalleled views of the region’s most regal animals.
Auction-goers interested in enjoying an exclusive evening of culinary distinction can bid on a James Beard House-style gourmet dining experience for 40 guests at Sea Salt Restaurant in Naples on Oct. 30, 2016, hosted by award-winning chefs. Additionally, with options for in-restaurant or in-home dining, bidders can compete for one-of-a-kind gastronomic experiences that will feature Southwest Florida’s talented chefs.
Every year, bidders give graciously to support pediatric health care in Southwest Florida. The “Child Artist” lot will allow guests to bid on a one-of-a-kind work of art created by 2016 Child Artist, Avery McCaskill, who is also a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital. “A Million Reasons to Give” will provide auction-goers the opportunity to help stock the new Golisano Children’s Hospital with tiny tools that enable pediatric surgeons to provide the highest level of surgical care for children, as well as important technology and equipment needed to ensure top quality care. During “Pass the Hat,” a top hat will be passed around the room, gathering unique and special items from guests in attendance. The contents will be donated to SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. beneficiaries as well.
The two-day 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest includes private Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 26 and The Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.