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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. announces auction lots up for bid at 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has unveiled the 37 auction lot offerings up for bid during the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Live Auction, taking place Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs.

Supporting SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s efforts to build healthy minds and lives for the children of Southwest Florida, the live auction will include an array of exquisite wines, luxurious travel packages, exclusive event access and more. Auction items are made possible through generous donations from friends of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., including trustees, donors and distinguished vintners, as well as through the travel services of Preferred Travel of Naples, Inc. For a complete list of auction items, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

A selection of unforgettable experiences awaits the international travel enthusiast:

  • Embark to the romantic Maldives Islands’ crystal-clear lagoons and pristine beaches on an eight-day journey for two people, followed by a trip through time to explore the exuberant structures and diverse cultures of amazing Dubai.
  • Enjoy the culinary and wine delights of Portugal on an 11-day private experience for four people that showcases the lush river valleys, vineyard-covered mountains and charming old-world architecture.
  • Exotic Japanese journey for two people with an incredible 10-night, 11-day expedition traveling all the way from the Inland Sea to the Alps, with stops in Kyoto, Miyajima Island, Shirakawago, Takayama, Tokyo and Mount Fuji.

For auction-goers who wish to stay close to home, an assortment of domestic journeys are up for bid:

  • Attend the 2019 Masters in Augusta, Georgia with three guests – an ultimate insider’s private-access experience hosted by PGA golfer Bobby Clampett.
  • Exclusive evening with Al Pacino for two people including two seats at an invitation-only Celebrity Chef Luncheon, two seats to a black-tie gala and star-studded concert and a two-night stay at the posh Beverly Wilshire.
  • Vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for seven-nights for 10 couples at a beautiful oceanfront 12-bedroom home complete with a state-of-the-art theatre room, resort-style pool and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Wine connoisseurs can pop the cork and indulge in an array of wine country offerings:

  • Travel to the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Country to stay at Barbara Banke’s luxurious private estate for three-days with five guests.
  • Tour and taste wines from eight different wineries throughout Napa Valley with a three-night stay at Saint Helena Estate for two couples.

The live auction’s “Pass the Hat” lot is a favorite among bidders, featuring a range of unique items from the auction-goers themselves. As the list continues to grow, this year’s selection so far includes:

  • Dinner and concert at Seminole Casino Immokalee for four people, along with $100 each of free play
  • Sizzling cooking class for 20 at Roy’s Restaurant with Chef Ignacio Ortiz
  • VIP treatment and meet-and-greet for two at a Kelsey Ballareni concert, plus an intimate private performance and Q & A session with Brett Young
  • Dining experience for 10 at Lynq in Fort Myers

The grand tasting and live auction for the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place at noon on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs. The event’s theme “Making Waves: Building Healthy Minds,” will create awareness and funding for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s primary initiative to support children’s mental and behavioral health. In addition, 2019 funds raised will also be granted to Golisano Children’s Hospital, Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University and nine additional beneficiaries providing vital children’s health care services and education throughout the region.

To learn more about SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and the 2019 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, 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 10 years, making it one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country supporting children’s health care services and education. SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. recently announced its new primary focus to address the growing need for children’s mental and behavioral health care in the region, and a majority of funds raised during its 2019 event will be directed in support of this initiative. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

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Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC, Priority Marketing, holly@prioritymarketing.com, 239-267-2638 or 239-887-9335 (cell)

Emily Golden, Priority Marketing, emily@prioritymarketing.com, 239-267-2638 or 239-565-1595 (cell)

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