The Naples Winter Wine Festival, renowned for its charitable goals, has once again made a significant impact. In its 10th annual online auction, the festival raised over $1 million in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). This impressive figure adds to the already astonishing $33 million raised during the live auction at the wine festival itself.
With a history that dates back to 2015, the online auction has proven to be a successful initiative, accumulating a total of nearly $4.5 million in funds raised. This year’s online auction exceeded expectations, attracting bidders from all corners of the country. The draw for participants was an enticing array of over 100 lots, encompassing rare collectible wines, exclusive wine tastings, extravagant dinners with renowned chefs, luxurious vacations, bespoke artwork, and high-end adventures.
One of the most sought-after lots in this year’s auction was the “VIP Andrea Bocelli Concert Experience in Orlando, Florida.” Seven couples eagerly bid $20,000 each, bringing the total to an impressive $140,000. This exclusive package includes private air travel, ground transportation, and a captivating evening at the concert, complete with a premium seating experience and exquisite dining.
In addition, three bidders each set a winning bid of $26,500 for the “Don’t Call Me Lonesome: A Private Dinner and Performance” package. This experience offers the opportunity to join Valerie Boyd, Jeff Gargiulo, and Radney Foster for an unforgettable evening of music, food, and wine at either the Gargiulos’ Naples home or the bidder’s own home.
The auction showcased other notable highlights, such as a collection of America’s celebrated bourbon, including rare bottles of Pappy Van Winkle, which sold for $22,000. A selection of highly sought-after California cult wines, featuring Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, fetched an impressive $21,000. Moreover, two lucky couples will soon enjoy “Three Enchanted Nights in the Big Apple,” including premium tickets to a Broadway show, luxurious accommodations, and fine dining overlooking Central Park, all for the winning bid of $21,000.
The crucial impact of the funds raised from this auction will be felt on March 18th when NCEF awards grants to local organizations and funds strategic initiatives that benefit the underprivileged children of Collier County. By supporting the festival, both donors and participants are contributing to the welfare of over 300,000 at-risk children in the local community. The success of this auction once again demonstrates the enduring generosity and commitment of those involved in supporting this noble cause.
[Source: Gulfshore Life Media, LLC]
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Naples Winter Wine Festival Online Auction
1. What is the Naples Winter Wine Festival online auction?
The Naples Winter Wine Festival online auction is an annual fundraising event that supports the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF). It offers participants a chance to bid on various exclusive lots, including collectible wines, wine tastings, dinners with renowned chefs, vacations, artwork, and adventures.
2. How much money was raised in this year’s online auction?
In this year’s online auction, over $1 million was raised in support of the NCEF. This amount adds to the $33 million raised during the live auction at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.
3. What were some of the highlights of the auction?
Some of the highlights of the auction included an exclusive “VIP Andrea Bocelli Concert Experience,” which raised $140,000, and a “Don’t Call Me Lonesome” package for a private dinner and performance, which had three winning bids of $26,500 each. There were also notable sales of rare bourbon and California cult wines, among other items.
4. When will the funds raised be put to use?
The funds raised from the auction will be put to use on March 18th, when the NCEF awards grants to local organizations and funds strategic initiatives benefiting underprivileged children in Collier County.
– NCEF: Naples Children & Education Foundation, the charitable organization supported by the Naples Winter Wine Festival.
– Lot: An item or group of items available for bidding in an auction.
– Bidders: Individuals who participate in the auction by placing bids on the lots.
– Premium seating: Seating with superior views or amenities.
– Bespoke artwork: Custom-made or personalized artwork.