Clearwater, FL (October 13, 2014) – The Pinellas County Realtors Affiliate Business Partners 4th Annual Wine & Food Festival will take place this Friday, October 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at 5490 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater. This annual event raises money for All Children’s Hospital.
When Pinellas Realtor Organization affiliate chair John-Paul Mario decided a few years ago to make this hospital the charity of their organization, affiliate partners joined in supporting the cause. In the past two years, the organization with 550 members and the largest Affiliate program in the nation, has given more than $26,000 to All Children’s. “My passion is giving back to others. My need is to have everyone around with positive energy. This is the most important part of my life. I believe in giving because your rewards are much greater. My personal goal is to see everyone with a smile,” said John-Paul Mario.
The organization also takes food on the weekends to the Ronald McDonald House, a housing facility for family members who have children in All Children’s Hospital. “We average about $525 a month for needed items. I usually go shopping on Thursday or Saturday morning at Sam’s Club and deliver the items to the house,” said John-Paul.
The affiliates also collect toys for the children at Christmas and Easter. “We are so appreciative of the support that the Pinellas Realtor Affiliates has given All Children’s Hospital. They have raised money, donated toys and advocated for the cause of our kids. John-Paul and the affiliates dedication to our patients has been unwavering and a testament to their passion for giving back,” said All Children’s Special Event Manager Taylor Traviesa.
All money raised at this year’s wine and food festival from games, drink ticket sales and silent auction and 50/50 raffle will benefit All Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. They hope to break last year’s record of raising $7,000.