The Festival of the Flutes 2017 committee has announced that the 13th installment of the popular wine and food festival will take place on March 29, 2017 and for the third year at the prestigious Parkland County Club, where the Festival of the Flutes (FOF) will bring together many of South Florida’s top restaurants and wine distributors to delight attendees with samples of their top items.  For more information visit:

Over the years, FOF’s Business sponsorships, auctions and ticket purchases for the event have raised money for numerous organizations and this year FOF is pleased to announce that the event will be raising money, awareness and community support for Gateway Community Outreach this vital community service organization.

Carol Ray (CEO and President) founded Gateway Community Outreach (GCO) in April 1995, over 21 years ago, and continues to focus their efforts on addressing the needs of the hungry and homelessness in the community. GCO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation that assists over 30,854 clients yearly, with a staff of 4 and nearly 300 volunteers.

GCO’s mission is to safeguard and protect our most vulnerable community members by providing food, housing assistance, referrals and intensive case management to those in need of emergency aid. Simply put, their goal is to feed the hungry, prevent homelessness and help clients reach self-sufficiency. GCO’s success is supported by the utilization of a case management system, consisting of a 90-day plan to connect clients with services and referrals (i.e.) food, bus passes, baby needs, gift cards for clothing, rent/mortgage and water bill assistance.

Publix Super Markets, Inc. has provided a $14,000 grant to Gateway Community Outreach, in association with the 2017 Festival of the Flutes event. City News Magazine will be providing media sponsor, promotion and articles on the event and the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce along with the Margate Chamber of Commerce to build support for the event and the fundraising efforts on behalf of Gateway.

Sponsorship packages from participating sponsorship levels to presenting sponsorship levels that will be announced shortly.

For additional information, please send questions and inquiries to