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NP 5-1-15 Children's hospital in line for 3 millionSteve Machiz smiled as he and friends fulfilled a six-year-old promise Thursday.

He and wife Ester, founding directors of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, beamed as SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. – organizers of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest – announced the largest contribution in the nonprofit’s six-year history: Trustees are giving up to $3 million to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The donation not only satisfies a $10 million pledge made in 2009 to help fund children’ hospital construction, but also will provide up to $1.2 million as a challenge grant if the money is matched by contributions from the community within the next 90 days

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