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Florida’s Children First to Host Virtual Wine Tasting Fundraiser in Orlando to Support Critical Work with Foster Youth


Orlando, Fla. – Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at–risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting the CHILL Virtual Wine Tasting fundraiser on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. While Central Floridians continue to social distance, this event provides a safe yet entertaining venue for FCF to raise critical funds that support their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic.

“As most events and gatherings continue to be postponed or cancelled, we wanted to create a fun and informative way to remain socially distant but connect with our supporters,” said Christina Spudeas, FCF Executive Director. “By partnering with these talented and incredibly knowledgeable wine experts, participants can learn about fine wines while also learning more about the work we do to improve the lives of kids in care, all from the comfort of their own home.”

For this virtual event, FCF is also thrilled to welcome Ginger Gadsden from WKMG Local 6 as the evening’s Emcee.

During this unique fundraising event, participants will “escape to Napa” as a master wine expert explains the featured wines, what makes them special, how to best complement each one, and much more. Participants can choose from a variety of premium wines from Napa’s renowned wine region, which will be shipped directly to their homes.

“People are ready to ‘chill out’ this summer after several very trying months,” said FCF Board President and founder Howard Talenfeld, who serves as Business Unit Leader of the Justice for Kids Division of Kelley Kronenberg. “Our Miami CHILL virtual event was very well received. We hope to have an even greater turnout for our Orlando event.”
CHILL is generously underwritten by sponsors that include FCF Statewide Presenting Sponsor Kelley Kronenberg; Statewide Sponsors The Florida Bar Foundation, The Guardian Trust, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, and The Shane McGee Foundation; and Protector Sponsor Embrace Families.

“We are thrilled to support this event and this organization, and we encourage everyone to learn more about the incredible work of Florida’s Children First,” notes Heath Eskalyo, Principal Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Kelley Kronenberg. “At a time when we are all facing unprecedented challenges, youth in state care need our support now more than ever. Our firm remains committed to helping our neighbors across the state.”

For more information about Florida’s Children First or the CHILL fundraiser and the packages available, please visit https://igfn.us/e/3Zu0YA. It is recommended to place wine orders by September 10 to ensure delivery by the event date.

About Florida’s Children First:
Florida’s Children First is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth in foster care. They focus on making big systemic changes that improve the system for thousands of youth in care today, and in the future. They developed the Florida Youth SHINE program to provide foster youth the support, mentorship, and empowerment they need to reach their full potential as advocates for their own needs.

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