GO­ING GAGA FOR GALAS

Cheers to 10 years of South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest

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Cheers to 10 years of South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest

South­west Florida’s all-im­por­tant char­ity ben­e­fit sea­son ac­tu­ally con­tin­ues through­out late win­ter and into early spring. Galas are a good ex­cuse for res­i­dents, snow­birds and even tourists to get dressed up and raise funds for wor­thy causes—in a fun and fes­tive style.

Lead­ing the way is SWFL Chil­dren’s Char­i­ties, Inc.’s South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest, cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year. It has raised $18.7 mil­lion since it be­gan. Ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude Golisano Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of South­west Florida, Florida Gulf Coast Uni­ver­sity, Florida South West­ern State Col­lege, and four new or­ga­ni­za­tions: PACE Cen­ter for Girls of Lee County, Ronald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties of South­west Florida, Salus Care Inc., and The Heights Foun­da­tion.

The 2018 event takes place Fri­day, March 2, and Satur­day, March 3. Fri­day’s sched­ule fea­tures Chef Vint­ner Din­ners at pri­vate venues in Lee and Col­lier coun­ties. Satur­day is The Grand Tast­ing, Live Auc­tion & Dessert After Glow at Quail West Golf and Coun­try Club in Naples. For more info, visit: swflwine­fest.org/sched­ule-of-events-and-din­ners

And the South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest is just one of sev­eral char­ity events be­ing held through­out March and early April in the re­gion.

JDRF Hope Gala

Ben­e­fits the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion’s South Gulf Coast Chap­ter Satur­day, March 3 The Ritz-Carl­ton, Naples jdrf.org/southgulf­coast

“For it is in giv­ing that we shall re­ceive.” — St. Fran­cis of As­sisi

Kids’ Minds Mat­ter—2nd An­nual Se­cret Gar­den Gala

Ben­e­fits Golisano Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of South­west Florida Wed­nes­day, March 7 Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs lee­health­foun­da­tion.org/kmm

Magic Un­der the Man­groves

Ben­e­fits the Con­ser­vancy of South­west Florida Thurs­day, March 8 Con­ser­vancy Na­ture Cen­ter, Naples con­ser­vancy.org/events/mag­i­cun­der-the-man­groves

Kind Mariners Ball—Trea­sures of the Sea

Ben­e­fits the Free­dom Waters Foun­da­tion Satur­day, March 10 Naples Sail­ing & Yacht Club kind­mariners­ball.com

2018 Star Gala

Ben­e­fits the Foun­da­tion for the Devel­op­men­tally Dis­abled Inc. Satur­day, March 10 The Ritz-Carl­ton Golf Re­sort, Naples fddswfl.org/gala/

South­west Florida Heart Ball

Ben­e­fits the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion Satur­day, March 10 Hy­att Re­gency Co­conut Point Re­sort & Spa, Bonita Springs heart.org/heartorg/gen­eral/south­west-florida-heart-ball

The Bucket List Bash

Ben­e­fits the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety Fri­day, March 16 The Ritz-Carl­ton Golf Re­sort, Naples acs­buck­etlist­bash.com

Emer­ald Ball

Ben­e­fits Catholic Char­i­ties Dio­cese of Venice Inc., for Col­lier County Satur­day, March 24 The Ritz-Carl­ton, Naples cc­col­lierc.ejoinme.org/emer­ald­ball2018

Bub­bles, Baubles and Broad­way Gala

Ben­e­fits Gulf­shore Play­house Monday, March 26 The Ritz-Carl­ton, Naples gulf­shore­play­house.org/8th-an­nu­al­bub­bles-baubles-and-broad­way

Blues By The Bay

Ben­e­fits The Heights Foun­da­tion Monday, April 3 Blue Coy­ote Sup­per Club, Sani­bel heights­foun­da­tion.org/blues

2018 IMAG GALA

Ben­e­fits IMAG His­tory & Science Cen­ter Satur­day, April 7 IMAG, Fort My­ers theimag.org/2018-gala

SanCap Cares—Is­land Cel­e­bra­tion

Ben­e­fits Golisano Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal of South­west Florida Sun­day, April 8 Sanc­tu­ary Golf Club, Sani­bel san­cap­cares.org

Galas are a good ex­cuse for res­i­dents, snow­birds and even tourists to get dressed up and raise funds for wor­thy causes.

The an­nual Magic Un­der the Man­groves event ben­e­fits the Con­ser­vancy of South­west Florida.

Last year was the in­au­gu­ral Kids’ Minds Mat­ter—Se­cret Gar­den Gala. It ben­e­fits Golisano Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal of South­west Florida.

The 2017 South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest’s “Grand Tast­ing and Live Auc­tion” was held at Miro­mar Lakes’ Beach Club­house.

Ice sculp­ture honors the up­com­ing 2018 South­west Florida Wine & Food Fest, in cel­e­bra­tion of its 10th year.

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