SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. has pledged $3 million to establish the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Physician Group currently provide ophthalmology services to children throughout Southwest Florida. For the last five years, they have had only one pediatric ophthalmologist operating in a 1,400-square-foot clinic with three examination rooms. This has created an access issue with the wait time for first available appointment exceeding six months. While they have recently added two additional ophthalmologists, there is still a critical need for eye care services in Southwest Florida. During the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, auction-goers can raise their paddles in support of this year’s Fund-A-Cause to support the establishment of the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute. The 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place Feb. 21-22.