Gulf Company provides live Saturday afternoon coverage of the 22nd annual Naples Winter Wine Festival auction, where millions of dollars will be raised to benefit local nonprofits that work with children in the region.
Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, founded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation, has raised nearly $220 million for underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. The weekend’s event has become one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions featuring world-class food and wine.
After a year of virtual social distancing, the wine festival returns to an in-person charity event this weekend with the theme “Rise Up – Twenty Twenty Twogether”. Intimate dinners Friday with visiting chefs and winemakers at private homes in Naples will be followed Saturday by the auction, which is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort north of Naples.
Approximately 600 auction participants will bid on 43 lots of wine, jewelry, international travel and other unique experiences. This year’s event, after a year of the pandemic keeping people apart, is expected to be one of the most successful ever. The auction count to beat is the 20th anniversary event in 2020, when $20 million was raised.
“We are thrilled to resume our live auction in the tent with our generous friends and supporters from across the country,” said Valerie Boyd, founding administrator of the NCEF. “Together we will rise up on behalf of the most vulnerable children in Collier County. We are planning the best and boldest event yet with an amazing weekend full of energy, good cheer and offerings. high.
The average lot at auction sells for around $275,000, festival spokeswoman Lisa Juliano said. “The generosity of our customers is just amazing,” she said.
This generosity has enabled NCEF to provide annual grants that have impacted more than 50 of the community’s most effective nonprofits, making a profound difference and providing more than 275,000 children with services and resources. necessary to excel.
Gulf Company will be on hand this year to provide the winning bid for each lot as well as a live tally of the total raised during the auction.
Coverage extends throughout Saturday afternoon on GulfshoreBusiness.com.
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