Grape Ex­pec­ta­tions

Naples Win­ter Wine Fes­ti­val will raise mil­lions to ben­e­fit Collier kids

RSWLiving - - News & Views - —K.B.

To help un­der­priv­i­leged and at-risk chil­dren in Collier County, the Naples Win­ter Wine Fes­ti­val, one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious char­ity auc­tions, brings to­gether world-renowned vint­ners and chefs with wine en­thu­si­asts and phi­lan­thropists to raise mil­lions of dol­lars over three days. The gala ben­e­fits the Naples Chil­dren & Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, or NCEF, and takes place at the Ritz-Carl­ton Golf Re­sort in Naples, Jan. 29 to 31.

Most of us as­so­ci­ate Collier County with a higher stan­dard of liv­ing be­cause of Naples; how­ever, sta­tis­tics show that 15 per­cent of chil­dren in the county live in poverty and 41 per­cent are in low­in­come house­holds. Fes­ti­val pro­ceeds im­prove those num­bers.

The fes­ti­val since 2001 has raised more than $135 mil­lion for NCEF, which has awarded grants to more than 40 non­prof­its that have im­pacted the lives of more than 200,000 chil­dren in Collier County. The fes­ti­val will be filled with emo­tional and joy­ful mo­ments, as guests will have the op­por­tu­nity to meet chil­dren whose lives have been im­proved through pro­ceeds from previous years.

The fes­ti­val’s theme, “Great Ex­pec­ta­tions,” calls for an un­for­get­table event. Guests can bid on rare col­lec­tions of some of the world’s most sought-af­ter wines, lim­ited-edi­tion cars (a Rolls-Royce Dawn val­ued at $400,000), ex­otic travel ex­pe­ri­ences and many other unique, valu­able items that are not avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic. Through­out the three-day event, guests will sip on award-win­ning wines from 40 winer­ies in 13 global wine-pro­duc­ing re­gions in eight coun­tries, and en­joy meals pre­pared by award-win­ning chefs from some of the most cel­e­brated restau­rants in the United States, in­clud­ing Bill Telepan of New York’s Telepan restau­rant, Cur­tis Duffy of Grace in Chicago, and Rick Tra­monto of Restau­rant R’evo­lu­tion in New Or­leans. Tick­ets are lim­ited to 580 guests and start at $10,000 per cou­ple.

To learn more about the event, visit napleswine­fes­ti­ or call 888-837-4919.

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