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FORT MYERS, Fla. – August 25, 2022

Photo Credit: Alyssa Young, Lee Health Marketing and Priority Marketing

Donors, Trustees and supporters of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. recently celebrated with a cocktail reception and presented two checks totaling more than $1.7 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The donations fulfilled the $3 Million pledge to help build the new SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children’s Hospital. The newly renovated space is designed to help improve pediatric visual disorders and opened in Fort Myers last August. The second check helped to fund a brand-new program to our region in partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new pediatric neurosurgery program is the only one of its kind between Tampa and Miami. Since its inception just a few months ago, more than 40 surgeries have been performed helping dozens of children and families.  T

With this year’s donation, the total to Golisano Children’s Hospital to date is more than $23 Million to fund all kinds of programs including mental health, neo-natal care, incubators and Ophthalmology to name a few.

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 14 years ago, the event has donated more than $27 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.

To learn more about the 2023 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, please visit

View more Photos of the presentation here.