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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce that Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club will once again host the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 25. This will be the ninth consecutive year that Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club has graciously served as the host site for the Grand Tasting and Live Auction, which is held overlooking the white sand beach and 700-acre lake at the Beach Clubhouse.

“Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club provides the most exquisite waterfront location as well as its world-class facilities and amenities for the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest and their amazing staff dedicates countless hours and resources to making this event happen,” said Debbie Toler, the 2017 co-chair of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest and vice-present of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “We are grateful for the continued support of Miromar Lakes for opening the community to the well over 300 generous attendees who raise their paddles every year giving millions to support children’s health care in our region.”

SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past eight years for pediatric health care in Southwest Florida, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country.

chef-at-swfl-wine-food-fest“It has been a pleasure to serve as host for Wine Fest and the Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse has proven to be a wonderful setting for this great charity event,” said Margaret Antonier, president and CEO of Miromar Development. “Guests will enjoy a beautiful day on the waterfront while raising funds to support SWFL Children’s Charities to best meet the needs of children, students and families throughout Southwest Florida.”

The two-day 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest kicks off on Friday, Feb. 24 with Southwest Florida’s distinguished chefs and world-class vintner dinners hosted at local homes, followed by the main event on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the Grand Tasting and Live Auction at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

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Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club is a private gated community located between Naples and Fort Myers featuring new home construction by some of the area’s finest builders. Starting at $1 million to over $7 million, homes include waterfront grand estate homes, estate homes, luxury single-family villas, golf villas, and exclusive beachfront condominiums.

Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club has received more than 150 local, regional, national and international awards including the Gold Award for #1 Community in the United States from the National Association of Home Builders, the only Florida community in history to win this top honor. Miromar Lakes Beach Clubhouse also received a gold award from the NAHB for the Best Clubhouse in the United States. No other community has ever won both awards.

Residents of Miromar Lakes enjoy a superlative lifestyle that offers a 700-acre freshwater lake for boating, waterskiing, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing, three miles of private white sand beach, a European-style spa with full-service salon, state-of-the-art fitness center, 10,000-square-foot zero-edge infinity pool, two marinas, seven Har-Tru tennis courts, bocce courts, concierge services, three restaurants and a dynamic social scene. Miromar Lakes Golf Club has the only Arthur Hills “Signature” Championship Golf Course in Southwest Florida, a 2015 Golfweek’s Best Residential Course of Distinction. Boating, beaches, championship golf and world-class amenities are all within one luxurious setting at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

pool-deckThe 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.