2010 Naples Winter Wine Festival Auction
Food, wine, celebrities and money for charity
NAPLES — On the heels of the 10th anniversary of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, a community celebration and charitable grant presentation has been set for April.
The event is set for Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Naples Botanical Garden.
The special, first-time event celebrates the Naples Children & Education Foundation’s 10 years of transforming children’s lives in Collier County – made possible through the generosity of festival patrons, sponsors, famous chefs and vintners and community support.
In 10 years, the wine festival has raised $82.6 million and proceeds have benefited nearly 100,000 underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.
The giving spirit characteristic of Naples will be in full force at the Naples Children & Education Foundation’s “Ten years of transforming children’s lives check presentation & community celebration.”
The event will showcase three of Naples’ most successful homegrown organizations: NCEF (the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival), the independent restaurants group of Naples Originals (hosting its first-ever food festival), and the world-class, newly expanded Naples Botanical Garden.
At the event, representatives from 20 local children’s charities will be awarded NCEF grants, and funding allocations will be announced for the foundation’s newest strategic initiative: children’s behavioral health.
In addition to check presentations occurring throughout the event, the Garden will encompass a festival atmosphere with games for children and adults as well as entertainment, wine tastings and a lavish buffet of the culinary specialties of Naples Originals restaurants, which also will be celebrating its first food festival in honor of NCEF’s record-setting 10 years of giving.
“This event brings together three entities that began as grassroots organizations: Naples Originals, Naples Botanical Garden and NCEF. All have grown into significant forces for our community,” said NCEF trustee Anne Welsh McNulty, who is the organization’s grant chairwoman for 2010.
She noted that Naples Originals is among the strongest groups of independent restaurateurs in the country as measured by Flavor Technology’s Nathan Schmidt; Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre garden that has broken the traditional boundaries of how gardens are experienced by their public; and the Naples Winter Wine Festival has been ranked as the most successful charity wine auction in the nation by Wine Spectator since 2004.
Tickets to the April 18 celebration are $50 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting NCEF.
Tickets may be purchased at www.NaplesWineFestival.com beginning Monday, March 1. Children 16 and under are admitted free.
Complete information about participating restaurants and menus will be available beginning March 1 at www.NaplesOriginals.com.
Information about the Garden can be found at www.naplesgarden.org.
Since 2001, the Naples Children & Education Foundation has been dedicated to making a profound and sustainable difference for Collier County children in need.
In addition to yearly grants to children’s charities, NCEF spearheads major new initiatives in collaboration with other private and public entities. These initiatives have included a pediatric dental clinic and an early learning center.
For more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, go to www.napleswinefestival.com.