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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces 2018-2019 board of directors

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to introduce its 2018-2019 board of directors, recently elected during the organization’s annual trustee meeting to serve a two-year term. The 2018-2019 board of directors is led by Sandy Stilwell-Youngquist as president and Jason Stephens as vice president, in addition to Debbie Toler as vice president of public relations, Elaine Hawkins as past president and treasurer and Brooke Denson as secretary.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. board members are responsible for supporting the operations and mission of the nonprofit and administering funds that support local organizations committed to pediatric health care and education, with a new focus on mental and behavioral health. Officers are also responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of the organization’s 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, a signature fundraising event featuring world-class cuisine, renowned vintners and a spirited live auction.

Celebrating its 11th year, the grand tasting and live auction for the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place at noon on Feb. 24, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. Making Waves in Southwest Florida with its focus on Building Healthy Minds, the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will allocate the majority of its auction proceeds to local organizations dedicated to enhancing mental and behavioral health, with another portion of the funds continuing to support pediatric health care services at Golisano Children’s Hospital and pediatric healthcare educational programs at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College.

To learn more about the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, please visit www.swflwinefest.org.

About SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised more than $25 million over the past ten years, making it one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The trustees and sponsors underwrite the event and the nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., donates contributions made during the event to local beneficiaries dedicated to pediatric health care services and education. In 2019, SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. will further address the growing need for mental and behavioral health care in the region, announcing a new focus in support of this initiative. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

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