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Hooray, Indeed!

A Message from the Southwest Florida Children’s Charities Board of Directors

AS the leaders of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. and the 2022 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, it’s our honor to present this special event to celebrate an important milestone in our community and continue to put kids first with “25 Million Reasons to Sip Sip Hooray!” As the annual signature fundraiser of SWFL Children’s Charities Inc., the Wine Fest […]

Together again to “Sip Sip Hooray”


IN 2019, Southwest Florida Children’s Charities received a whopping $1.9 million in donated funds at the annual Southwest Florida Food & Wine Fest to help children throughout the region. The event was on a roll. But in 2020, the festival almost didn’t happen. Due to the pandemic, there were postponements, as well as meetings about cancelling the event altogether. But […]

Keeping an eye on the goal to reduce wait time for region’s youngest ophthalmological patients

Before the summer 2021 opening of the SWFL Children’s Charities Eye Institute of Golisano Children’s Hospital, Southwest Florida’s smallest patients waited over nine months to see an ophthalmologist. That’s 277 days — a number those affiliated with the institute know by heart. For ophthalmologist Jessica Kovarik, the need for specialized services became obvious the moment she arrived in 2015 as […]

The Meaning of Generosity

Each year, generous sponsors help to cover event costs so more of the funds raised at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest can go directly to helping children and health care students in need.

Storm Smart Storm Smart is the Grand Cru Sponsor of the 2022 SWFL Wine & Food Fest and has been providing hurricane protection and high-quality lifestyle products in our communities since 1996. Known for turnkey service, industry-leading products and custom installations, the team at Storm Smart is excited and honored to be a part of the Southwest Florida community and […]

Chef Vintner Dinners: Nights to Remember


Hosting a SWFL Wine & Food Fest chef vintner dinner tells the world you are a creative and generous soul who’s more than happy to go a little over the top in the name of having a good time. Of course, it’s always all for the kids — but on Friday night, Jan. 21, it’s also all for the adults, […]

Child Artist: Rare genetic disease doesn’t dull the sparkle in young artist’s eyes


A s first-time parents, when JoAnna and Kris Palinchak discovered they were having twins, they were thrilled. Their daughters Ella and Lacy were born at Health Park in December 2015. All seemed well until the girls were about 4 months old, when JoAnna and Kris noticed Ella wasn’t growing or developing at the same level as Lacy. After consulting with […]

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Napa Valley in style Four couples will settle in to a completely remodeled 4,000-square-foot home just north of downtown Napa complete with top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, private casita and a man-cave style barn. Then, you will be whisked away by private car service to some of Napa’s most exclusive boutique wineries for VIP wine and culinary tastings hosted by Saint Helena […]

For the love of children: SWFL Children’s Charities takes care of the region’s youngest residents


SWFL Children’s Charities and the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest have made a world of difference in the lives of Southwest Florida children and their families for more than 13 years. With a kid-centric mission backed by the money — more than $25.6 million in donations — the nonprofit’s influence is farreaching: • 94,500-plus unique pediatric patients seen since […]

Guest vintners share passion for wine & charity


Top-ranked professional golfer Cristie Kerr is making her debut as a guest vintner at the 2022 charity Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest in January. Heather Kormos is returning for a seventh year. For both women, wine is a deep-rooted passion, beloved for its inherent ability to bring people together and give back to communities. “I love this charity and […]

Funding important causes: Ophthalmology & neurosurgery for children


During the capital campaign to build a new children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, fundraisers and hospital administrators likened their dream to a popular children’s book. “The Little Hospital that Could,” they called the future Golisano Children’s Hospital and the successful community-wide initiative to raise $115 of the total $225 million cost through donations. Now nearly five years old, the “Little […]


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