About Us

Our Mission Statement:

To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Florida Winefest & Auction, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

We are anticipating celebrating our 30th Anniversary Events as soon as there is a safe environment for our guests and participants according to the CDC guidelines.
We have awarded over $8.8 million in grants to 90 individual charities since 1991.

Board of Directors:

Martha Ballard
David Band
Margo Bohaty 
Carl Cannova

Chef Christopher Covelli
Trey Desenberg
Judy Fiala
Jeff Harris

Sandy Loevner (President)
Chef Paul Mattison
Jack McKissock

Cathy Rustin (Vice-President)
Jim Shedivy
Lindy Smith (Secretary)
Beckie Stoner (Treasurer)

Caring for Children Charities is the sister fundraising arm of Florida Winefest & Auction and presents events throughout the year in an effort to raise more funding for our benefiting charities assisting disadvantaged children. The Wild Truffle Wine Dinner is an event presented by Caring for Children Charities.

Because of your generosity, Caring for Children Charities/Florida Winefest & Auction continues to provide grant moneys to those children’s charities that need it the most and has awarded over $8.8 million in funding to those deserving children.