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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic donates $10,000 to Friends of Fisher House Orlando as 2023 charity beneficiary

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Nov. 13, 2023 – In recognition of Veterans Day, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin donated $10,000 to Friends of Fisher House Orlando, its charitable beneficiary for the 14th annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. The donation was comprised of proceeds from the event.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Area General Manager and U.S. Military Veteran Sean Verney (right) presents Secretary of the Board of Directors, Friends of Fisher House Orlando John Karkovice (United States Marine Corps, Retired) with a donation at the 14th annual Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. Proceeds from this year’s event benefitted the local military charity.

The Orlando Fisher House, located at the Orlando VA Medical Center, provides free accommodations and resources for military and veteran families in several Central Florida counties while a loved one receives medical treatment. Representatives from the organization were present at the event, offering thousands of attendees an opportunity to learn more about its worthy cause.

“We’re honored to be the charitable partner of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic,” said John Karkovice (United States Marine Corps, Retired) and Secretary of the Board of Directors, Friends of Fisher House Orlando. “As an organization passionate about our cause and comprised of many veterans, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is a natural fit with Friends of Fisher House Orlando. We can all work together to make a difference in the lives of veterans here in our Central Florida community.”

The Friends of Fisher House Orlando is a nonprofit organization established to support the 16-suite Orlando Fisher House at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona. The Orlando Fisher House is one of over 95 comfort homes across the United States built by the Fisher House Foundation in support of military veterans and active-duty service members and their families.

To learn more about the Orlando Fisher House, visit orlandofisherhouse.org.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic made a grand return on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 marking its 14th year as the largest version to date. Boasting an extensive array of food and beverage selections, the event introduced two new themed areas, “For the Love of Florida” and “The Rosé Room.”

Celebrity Chef Todd English of bluezoo

The festival showcased over 25 food offerings from award-winning restaurants and more than 200 wine, beer, and spirits samplings.

Guests enjoyed a relaxing ambiance, live entertainment, and a delectable array of dishes from various cuisines, including new additions like Red Chile Chicken Tacos and Smoked American Lamb.

Additionally, dessert options featured tempting treats like Triple Chocolate Cherry Ring Flambé and Pear Pecan Praline Cake.

For those seeking an elevated experience, VIP options, including The Grand Tasting and VIP Dessert & Champagne Party, were available.

Interactive seminars, live musical entertainment, and a street party atmosphere added to the festive experience.

The Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic promised a delightful evening filled with culinary delights, taking place on the hotel’s scenic causeway from 5:30-9 p.m. on both days.

Keep an eye out for next year’s event by visiting FoodandWineClassic.com.

Photos by Tacy Callies and Swan and Dolphin

 





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