October 20, 2021

Florida’s Children First Hosts CHILL For the Kids Virtual Wine Tasting and Celebrity Chef Demo in Jacksonville to Benefit Foster Kids

Sip, Swirl and Support Florida’s Premiere Youth Advocacy Organization on the Ultimate Zoom Escape to Napa Valley

Jacksonville Fla. – Florida’s Children First (FCF), an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth in the foster care system, is hosting the CHILL for the Kids Virtual Wine Tasting and Celebrity Chef Demo fundraiser on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Patrons will enjoy a safe, socially-distanced and fun way to “escape” from their local surroundings for a bit, while allowing FCF the opportunity to raise funds and educate supporters on their mission of helping kids in and aging out of foster care.

This year, the event takes on a delightful twist as participants not only enjoy learning about wines, but author and Food Network Celebrity Chef to the Stars Jerome “Rome” Brown demonstrates how to quickly prepare a tasty treat that perfectly complements the selected wine selections.

Charlene Shirk, an Emmy-nominated broadcaster and the founder and Creative Director for CSPR will serve as the evening’s Emcee. “I look forward to helping FCF raise money and gain awareness for children in foster care. As a former journalist, I was committed to covering the plight of foster children and I have seen the tremendous impact that FCF has had by giving these young people a voice in the legal system. I’m very proud to have been able to report on their success and create awareness to inspire change in the community and I hope CHILL participants join us to help the organization reach its fundraising goal.”

During this unique “Escape to Napa-styled” fundraising event, participants sip wine delivered to their door direct from Napa’s finest vineyards, while a master wine expert explains the featured wines, what makes them special and how to best complement each one. Participants choose from a variety of premium wines from Napa’s celebrated wine region, which will be shipped directly to their homes prior to the event.  Participants in the virtual experience get an opportunity to ask questions.

For those who want to support but not savor, the wine packages can also be gifted and shipped to others or sent as year-end corporate or holiday gifts, or simply send donations directly to FCF.

“We have endured some very trying months facing the challenges and hardships brought on by Covid. However, the youth in foster care have faced far greater challenges,” said FCF Board President and founder Howard Talenfeld, who serves as Co-Business Unit Leader of the Justice for Kids Division of Kelley Kronenberg. “This event provides an outlet to gather together, ‘CHILL’ out, and raise money for FCF to continue its work fighting the systemic problems our youth in care continue to face.”

CHILL is generously underwritten by sponsors that include FCF Statewide Presenting Sponsor Kelley Kronenberg; and Statewide Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation, The Guardian Trust, Stuart Building Products, The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, and The Shane McGee Foundation.

“This fundraiser is such a good way to make an impact, make a difference and make a toast to better days ahead. Let’s take a virtual trip to Napa that also supports our society’s most vulnerable kids,” 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. We hope you will join us in supporting FCF.”

For more information about Florida’s Children First or the CHILL fundraiser and the packages available, please visit Florida’s Children First (mobilecause.com).



Kelley Kronenberg is a multi-practice business law firm with over 400 employees, more than 175 attorneys, and 12 locations throughout Florida and the United States. Founded in 1980, the firm is one of the fastest-growing law firms in Florida and amongst the largest in the U.S. The firm serves all types and sizes of public and private companies, including small businesses and individuals nationwide. Kelley Kronenberg is recognized amongst the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The firm is ranked amongst the “Largest Law Firms” by the National Law Journal’s NLJ 500, Law360 400, Florida Trend, South Florida Business Journal, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Orlando Business Journal, and Jacksonville Business Journal, South Florida Business & Wealth, South Florida Legal Guide, American Lawyer’s, Daily Business Review “Review 100;” and “Best Law Firms,” U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021. The firm has been the recipient of many accolades, most recently including being named a “Best Multi-Practice Business Law Firm – USA,” by Acquisition International, “Business of the Year,” and “Top 100 Private Companies,” by South Florida Business Journal.

Kelley Kronenberg is nationally recognized as a “Top 5 Firm for Diversity” in American Lawyer’s “Diversity Scorecard,” including amongst the “Top Firms with Highest Percentage of Black Attorneys,” “Top Firms with Highest Percentage of Hispanic Attorneys,” “Top Firms with Highest Percentage of Minority Attorneys,” “Top Firms with Highest Percentage of Minority Partners,” in 2021, and “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms” by Forbes in 2019. The firm is also recognized as a “Top 20 Firm” in the National Law Journal’s 2021 “Women’s Scorecard,” a national survey that promotes diversity and inclusion and honors women in the workplace. Kelley Kronenberg was selected a 2021 “Diversity Team” winner by Profiles in Diversity Journal and has made diversity a key aspect and feature of the firm, stressing inclusion and equality as part of the firm culture and core values.

The firm earned the Ragan’s “Top Places to Work,” “Top Workplaces USA” award by Energage, and “Top Workplaces for Communication,” “Top Workplaces for Clued-In Leaders,” “Top Workplaces for Top Leaders,” and “Top Workplaces for Innovation” in 2021. Kelley Kronenberg has also been recognized as a “Top Workplace” by the Sun Sentinel and a “Best Place to Work” by the South Florida Business Journal for two consecutive years.  For more information, visit www.kklaw.com.

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