Wine Dinner Featuring Mauritson Wines

Save the date for LARC’s inaugural fundraiser benefiting
The Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund

The event will take place at Misty Morning Barn in Fort Myers on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  Guests will enjoy gentle breezes flowing through the barn doors, among a backdrop of natural arching oaks, tropical pines and sun-kissed cypress trees.

The evening will include a five-course dinner created by celebrated local chefs Mike and Karen Gavala of G3 Catering and Gloria Jordan of La Trattoria Cafe Napoli.   Renowned chocolatier Norman Love of Norman Love Confections will provide handcrafted desserts.  Kellie Burns of NBC-2 will emcee the event.


Guests will meet sixth-generation winemaker, Clay Mauritson, founder and owner of Mauritson Wines in Healdsburg, California, and enjoy family-crafted wines paired with each course.  In 1998, Mauritson produced his first bottling of Dry Creek Zinfandel under the Mauritson label and, in 2002, he began devoting his efforts full-time to the Mauritson Family Winery project.

His winemaking philosophy is simple: You need exceptional fruit to make exceptional wine. About 300 acres of Sonoma County family vineyards and strong relationships built over the years with other growers have given him access to some of the best fruit that Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile have to offer. Devoted to making exceptional wines, Mauritson is on his way to becoming one of California’s foremost young winemakers.

The Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship Fund was established by her family in memory of Carroll-Collins.  A resident of Fort Myers for 35 years, she cared deeply for her community and people in need and led her life by example, when it came to generosity and philanthropy. The fund will help bridge financial gaps and allow individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to access innovative services offered by LARC.

Tickets are $500 per person.  Purchase your ticket here.
Limited tickets are available.  COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed.

“Lori was an inspiration to many, as she lived her life to the fullest, despite living with a disability,” said her husband, Marc Collins. “She never saw herself as different and fought for equal access for herself and others. Lori spent her life in a wheelchair, but the limitations of her body did not define her life.”

Click here to learn more about the Lori Carroll-Collins Scholarship fund.

Sponsorship packages are available.

For ticket or sponsorship information call Angela Katz at (239) 334-6285 x 229 or email