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Vicki Pitbladdo listens to auctioneer Scott Robertson during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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Carolina Hidalgo/Staff Vicki Pitbladdo listens to auctioneer Scott Robertson during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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Vicki Pitbladdo listens to auctioneer Scott Robertson during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
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Co-chair Dororthy Fitzgerald dances after placing a winning bid for a lot featuring a donated watercolor by nine-year-old Golisano patient Jay Aponte during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. Fitzgerald is on the board of directors for the SWFL Children's Charities.
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Golisano Children’s Hospital patient Jay Aponte, 9, who donated a race car painting to be auctioned at the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, chats with Brooke Denton, right, as his mother, Luz Aponte, looks on during the wine auction at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. Aponte, who’s receiving treatment for leukemia, received a surprise trip to the Daytona 500 during the auction.
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Trustee Pat Gibbons chats with Kristen Palazzo of Tampa-based Augustan Wine Imports during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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John Burns raises his bid before winning a lot featuring a gold-plated .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Margaret Antonier, president and CEO of Miromar Development, laughs after placing a winning bid during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
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Dinner host Donna Alpert tries out a red wine during the food and wine tasting portion of the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Cooks from Tarpon Bay serve up a seared scallop dish with red onion and bacon jam over fingerling potatoes during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire laughs while snapping a cell phone photo of his star anise cured duck leg confit during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Donna Hanna sips wine before the start of the wine auction during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Sally Murray, with The Veranda, sets out gulf shrimp with cocktail sauce at the start of the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Jean Grisik debates raising her bid on an auction lot at the start of the wine auction to benefit SWFL Children's Charities during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Auctioneer Scott Robertson kicks off the bidding during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
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Andrew Yuder, center, smiles after placing a winning bid during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Dinner host Franz Rosinus waves a noisemaker during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Vicki Pitbladdo raises her bid on an auction lot featuring a gold-plated .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014. The annual event raised $2.5 million for SWFL Children's Charities, whose main beneficiary is the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.
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Attendees cheer for Diane Willis, center, in honor of her birthday, during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.
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Winning bidders received hats or tiaras during the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Fort Myers on Feb. 22, 2014.

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