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The wine flowed, the bidding paddles flew up and down, and the audience hooted and cheered as the big bids got bigger at Saturday’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Auction:
• $35,000 for a seven-day wine-tasting trip to Argentina.
• $75,000 for a five-night “super yacht adventure” to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
• $100,000 for a five-course wine and food tasting for 40 people at New York’s famous Rao’s restaurant.
By 4:20 p.m., the rowdy, wine-drinking audience had raised $1.5 million for Southwest Florida kids. And the bids kept coming.
“The afternoon is still young!” said auctioneer Scott Robertson. “What generosity!”
When the ringing bells and other noisemakers finally quieted down at 6:10 p.m,, the 10th annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest had raised a whopping $2.9 million (according to an early estimate).