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BEST FUNDRAISING EVENT

Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival

Sure, it’s nice if you can write a big donation check to help buy state-of-the-art equipment for a terrific local children’s hospital. But honestly, it’s SO much nicer when your check also nets you a fabulous auction item, like a 10-day cruise on the National Geographic Endeavour II, a one-week stay at The Jewel of Zermatt, a private, ski-in-ski-out luxury chalet in Zermatt, Switzerland, a three-night stay at Ted Turner’s private ranch house on the 160,000-acre Ladder Ranch in New Mexico and an arctic cruise on the luxurious OCEAN DIAMOND expedition ship.

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Festival makes goodies like this possible. Donors are beyond generous in donating auction prizes, and young patients served by SWFL Children’s Charities benefit. This year’s event brought in $3.2 million.

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