Artist Alan S. Maltz Contributes to SWFL Wine & Food Fest Record $3.2 Million Raised
Renowned fine art photographer Alan S. Maltz donated four pieces of original artwork to “Uncork the Power of Giving,” the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest two-day signature event. A record-breaking $3.2 million was raised for SWFL Children’s Charities in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. On February 25, The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting and Live Auction was attended by more than 350 people at the Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in Estero.
Maltz’s art donation was the centerpiece of “The Art of Key West with Alan S. Maltz,” one of 40 exciting auction lots that were bid on at the Grand Tasting and Live Auction, the highlight of the two-day festival. The Alan Maltz auction lot also included transportation and resort accommodations at the Casa Marina Resort – Waldorf Astoria, an exclusive tour of the Alan S. Maltz Gallery on historic Duval Street given by the artist, and premium wines donated by wine fest trustees. The auction lot was won by longtime Southwest Florida resident and community leader Anna “Boots” Tolles for $17,500.
In addition to the alluring and inspirational works of art, Maltz also gifted 30 of his award-winning coffee table books, “Visions of Beauty: Fort Myers, Sanibel & Beyond” and “Journey Through Paradise: Naples, Marco Island, & The Everglades” to Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest trustees, vintners, and vintner dinner hosts. A special edition, large-format 8.75 x 5.75 notecard titled Aquarelle Old Florida, individually packaged and signed by the artist, was personally created as a gift for all attendees at the event.
Christin Collins, 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest co-chair said, “The partnership with Alan Maltz for this year’s Southwest Florida Wine Fest has a lasting impression. Not only did his generosity help us raise $3.2 million for pediatric health, but also it will be commemorated into the future as the winning bidder of his artwork, Ms. Boots Tolles, has donated the artwork back to Cape Coral Hospital and Golisano Children’s Hospital. For years to come, patients, families and our caregivers will be able to enjoy Alan’s incredible work, and take a much needed pause while in our hospitals.”
“I am humbled and honored to be part of this dedicated and passionate group of supporters for Lee Health Hospitals. It is comforting to know my art may add a sense of peace, inspiration, and tranquility to those patients, their families, and caregivers through some challenging times,” said Maltz.
Maltz’s artwork is known for its contemporary, high definition appearance, as well as the spiritual and tranquil feeling that it evokes from viewers. “Aquarelle,” a new work from Maltz’s Old Florida Collection, was unveiled for the first time at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.
SWFL Children’s Charities has raised $18.8 million for local pediatric healthcare initiatives over the past nine years. Funds are raised through the organization’s signature event, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.