Christin Collins, co-chair, Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest said, “Mental health care MUST become a priority for children in our community. The mission of the SWFL Children’s Charities is to advance health care services available to children in our region, and we have a huge responsibility to lead the way for improving access to care for children and families who are suffering with mental illness in Southwest Florida.”
More than two-thirds of the pediatric patient population in Southwest Florida is Medicaid and low income.
The pediatric behavioral health initiative at Golisano Children’s Hospital is dedicated to treating the wide spectrum of behavioral and mental health needs, including psychiatric diagnoses that may include ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, autism and psychosis.
The two-day Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest includes private Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 24, and The Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.
SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $16 million over the past eight years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. grants funds to Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University to provide scholarships and equipment to educate the community’s next generation of pediatric health care professionals. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.
Conservancy RedSnook Tournament nets $84,000
Southwest Florida anglers, guides and supporters of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida came together on Nov. 4 to commence the 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament with a kick-off party at the Naples Yacht Club, featuring cocktails, dinner, raffle and a live auction. Taking place Nov. 4-6, the 2016 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament also featured two days of fishing and a celebratory awards ceremony for anglers and guides at Northern Trust in Naples. The annual event raised $84,000 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s juvenile game fish studies, water quality research and game estuary protection.