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Donors, Trustees and supporters of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the new SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute. SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presented a check of more than $1.2 million representing the second pledge payment to help build the new SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children’s Hospital. The facility is located in Fort Myers and is scheduled to open on August 2 creating the largest pediatric ophthalmology space between Tampa and Miami. The newly renovated space is designed to help improve pediatric visual disorders.

With this month’s donation, the total to Golisano Children’s Hospital to date is more than $21 Million to fund all kinds of programs including mental health, neo-natal care, incubators and Ophthalmology to name a few.

“Lee Health and the Golisano Children’s Hospital are grateful to SWFL Children’s Charities for their second pledge payment of over $1 million towards our pediatric ophthalmology program. With this donation, SWFL Children’s Charities has now provided over $21 million towards the outstanding facility and programs of Golisano Children’s Hospital, including the new hospital, pediatric behavioral and mental health, and pediatric ophthalmology. As the leading donor to supporting children’s health, we are extremely grateful to all the attendees and supporters of the SWFL Food and Wine Festival,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health. “By working together for the benefit of our youth and their families, these programs are saving lives here in Southwest Florida.”

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, a signature event of SWFL Children’s Charities, features chef vintner dinners, a grand tasting and live auction. Since its inception 13 years ago, the event has donated more than $25 million to benefit local nonprofit organizations. SWFL Children’s Charities carries out its mission of saving children’s lives by supporting organizations committed to pediatric health care services and education.

View more photos of the ribbon cutting, here. To watch full video of renovation and build, click here. To learn more about the 2022 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, please visit