108 In the Com­mu­nity

Go­ing Gaga for Galas

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS -

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

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 South­West­ern State Col­lege, and four new or­ga­ni­za­tions: PACE Cen­ter for Girls of Lee County, Ronald McDon­ald House Charities of South­west Flor­ida, SalusCare 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

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

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