Event to feature performances by The Loving Mary Band and Steeltown Religion
SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is capping off a weekend of giving with the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Uncorked Celebration Party, taking place Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers. The event follows The Grand Tasting & Live Auction to be held from noon – 4 p.m. at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club. The after party will feature live music from all-star lineup The Loving Mary Band and Steeltown Religion, another Renee Morgan Live Presentation. The event is sponsored by Don and Cathy Canterna; Paul and Heather Christie; Patrick and Brooke Denson; Scott and Mary Fischer; Scott and Diana Willis; Morgan & Morgan; Private Client Insurance Services, LLC; Sanibel Captiva Community Bank; Seminole Casino Hotel; Six Bends Harley-Davidson; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A.; and Royal Shell – Real Estate Sales and Rentals.
In addition to the live performances, the event features American Barrels Bourbon Whiskey, freshly rolled cigars and casual cuisine provided by a lineup of food trucks. Six Bends Harley-Davidson is located at 9501 Thunder Rd. in Fort Myers and will be closed to the public for this private, ticket-only event. The event is casual, and tickets to the celebration party are $500 per person and can be purchased online at swflwinefest.org.
The Loving Mary Band, formed by Marti Frederiksen, is a sextet of successful singers, songwriters, producers, and musicians. Frederiksen, lead singer and guitarist, has written and produced hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Carrie Underwood and many more. Collectively, the group featuring Frederiksen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Suzie McNeil, Elisha Hoffman, Andrew Mactaggart and Sara Tomek, created a memorable first release using decades of songwriting expertise, four-piece harmonies, and their appreciation for classic rock, county, and Americana. In addition, The Loving Mary Band recently landed a coveted spot as Steven Tyler’s backup band on his inaugural solo tour.
Steeltown Religion features Nashville recording artists Aimee Jane and Eddie Willer. The group writes and performs various genres of music and range from an intimate duo to a full band. Steeltown Religion band members are seasoned players, including guest lead guitarists Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) and Carlo Volhl (Melissa Ethridge, and Lita Ford). The group has shared bills with national acts including Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Billy Currington and many more.
The two-day 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest event 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. During the Live Auction, bidders will compete for the winning bid on a selection of 40 auction lots including exclusive getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with all proceeds to benefit SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University.
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.