We are Florida Winefest & Auction, where giving back is at the heart of everything we do.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, our mission is clear: to provide crucial funding to qualified charitable organizations supporting disadvantaged children, youth, and families in the beautiful Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
What We Do
We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community. It is through this collective generosity that we have been able to proudly award over $9.3 million to 98 local disadvantaged children's charities.
These funds have been instrumental in providing vital resources, opportunities, and a glimmer of hope to these young individuals who deserve a chance to thrive.
Your participation creates a ripple effect of change in the lives of disadvantaged children.
With every sip and bid, you directly contribute to our mission of supporting and uplifting these children. Your involvement and generosity are the key ingredients that unlock a world of possibilities for those who need it most.
Be a part of something meaningful. Be the change that transforms lives. Together, let's build a brighter future for our community, one child at a time.
Over $9.3 Million has been awarded, benefiting over 98 not-for-profit programs in Sarasota & Manatee Counties.
“Since it’s first year in 1991, America’s Friendliest Winefest” has drawn winemakers, wine collectors, wine writers and even the occasional wine drinker like myself, to Sarasota to enjoy a wide range of truly unique tastings and dinners in the run-up to the live and silent auction. It is a wonderful food and wine experience unparalleled in the United States.
- David Elswood, Christie’s International
First-class event! Other than the fun times and amazing wine showcased during the 4-day event, I think I am most impressed that Florida Winefest is a volunteer-based organization with only 1 paid employee ensuring that the proceeds realized from their efforts truly fund those local children’s charities that need it the most.
- Deb Johnson. Out-of-town attendee
I’m honored and humbled to be on the Board of Directors of Florida Winefest & Auction. Supporting this organization is a passion of mine as I know the hard work this group of dedicated people does to benefit local disadvantaged children and 99% of the proceeds raised stays local to support these charities.
- Chef Christopher Covelli, Sarasota, FL
For 33 remarkable years, Florida Winefest & Auction has been a steadfast supporter of charitable children's programs, directly impacting the lives of countless young individuals. Through the funds raised from our events, we have been able to provide vital support to these programs year after year.
We invite new applications for grants each year. Every application is thoughtfully reviewed by our diligent Grants Committee. Our dedicated volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year, diligently monitoring the programs we support.
We are immensely grateful for the generous support of our past sponsors who have played a vital role in making our events a resounding success. Their commitment and dedication have made a profound impact on our mission to empower disadvantaged children.