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  • Electronic auction bidding debuts on area gala scene Published 07/05/2011 at 6 a.m.

    Imagine what it would be like to walk into a familiar gala, head for the silent-auction displays and then find no bid sheets. No pens. No competing bids. Through the magic of electronic bidding and assigned preprogrammed cards, partygoers to ...

  • Royal wedding: How Neapolitans viewed it - PHOTOS Published 04/29/2011 at 11:14 a.m.

    Here in Naples, jubilant pub owner Derek Bennett pulled off a nuptial coup Friday morning in hosting 100 early risers who gathered beginning at 5 a.m. at his 38-year old original English Pub to down champagne, Bloody Marys, Mimosas and ...

  • Models walk on water for C’MON fundraiser Published 04/22/2011 at 5:54 p.m.

    Passing watercraft were undoubtedly startled Tuesday night to see professional models striding across the pool at Simone and Scott Lutgert’s Naples Bay home. The walk on water was thanks to a runway created over the pool for a fashion show ...

  • 2011 Hope for Haiti gala a flight to fun Published 03/11/2011 at 3:50 p.m.

    Labeled a “Flight of Hope,” the recent Hope for Haiti fundraising festivities resulted in hopes fulfilled. Held at the Jubliee Center of St. Ann Catholic Church in Naples on March 5, the gala was a winner start to finish.

  • United Arts Council hosts star-studded luncheon gala Published 03/11/2011 at 3:49 p.m.

    Launched with a champagne reception in the Naples Grande Resort, the Stars in the Arts 2011 Awards Luncheon March 4 recognized five recipients of the annual honors and raised $50,000 for its programs to help at-risk students.

  • Eco-chic gala a magical fundraiser for Conservancy Published 03/11/2011 at 3:47 p.m.

    Neither slight of hand nor mirrors but down-to-earth creative imagination and hard work created the success of the seventh annual Magic Under the Mangroves on March 3.

  • YMCA's Sneaker Ball a rocking success Published 01/21/2011 at 4:37 p.m.

    Following a year’s hiatus, the headquarters of the YMCA of the Palms on YMCA Road in North Naples had hardly opened its gym doors Jan. 15 for the resurrected Sneaker Ball when many of its 200 merrymakers sped onto the ...

  • Guadalupe Center gala a Spanish themed sellout Published 01/21/2011 at 4:32 p.m.

    Jan. 19 was a special occasion for the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee — an exposition of Spanish culture and cuisine for the nearly 300 who gathered at the Naples Yacht Club to enjoy the mid-week extravaganza.

  • PHOTOS: Annual comedy gala earns happy results Published 12/11/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    “An Elegant Evening of Laughter” hosted by the Foster Care Council of Southwest Florida on Dec. 5 was an event worth smiling about: a sellout at 325.

  • Gala under wraps: Historical supporters brave chill Published 12/11/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    About a half-dozen fur-clad, prescient females showed up on the Palm Cottage doorsteps on Dec. 3, and became the envy of those not heeding the warnings of predicted temps in the 50s by evening’s end.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Cuisine for the cause at 2010 Glass Slipper Ball Published 11/28/2010 at 9:06 a.m.

    Designed after a Zontian char­ity fundraiser that debuted in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 2004, the Glass Slip­per Ball pro­duction on Nov. 19 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, was all about good eating.

  • Motown fuels charity classic for Immokalee Foundation Published 11/19/2010 at 4:52 p.m.

  • Community School's Angel Ball a sold-out success Published 11/12/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

  • Naples Botanical Garden hosts two smashing events Published 11/12/2010 at 4:45 p.m.

  • A red, white and roulette success for Library gala Published 11/12/2010 at 4:42 p.m.

  • Masquerade launches 'Celebrate the Arts' month Published 11/08/2010 at 5:05 p.m.

  • PHOTOS: Movie-themed NCH Hospital Ball transports revelers back to the mid-50s Published 10/30/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    Thanks to the ingenuity of co-chairs Sharon Treiser and Ellin Goetz, their committees and Paula Robertson & Associates, a vintage Olds 88 surrounded by a cheering coterie of Fifties chic femmes welcomed partygoers to the 2010 Hospital Ball at the ...

  • PHOTOS Southwest Florida Food and Wine Festival kickoff gala Published 10/23/2010 at 2:41 p.m.

  • Taipei, its environs offer look at centuries-old cities, stunning scenery Published 10/11/2010 at 1:56 p.m.

    A history lesson for post-World War II baby boomers and a flashback for prior generations who remember Formosa and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, a visit to Taiwan is a revelation for all.

  • 250 join Roland Martin at the 2010 RedSnook tourney gala Published 10/11/2010 at 1:45 p.m.

    More than 250 exuberant partygoers dropped anchor at the Naples Yacht Club Oct. 1, joining Naples resident Roland Martin, celebrity angler and TV host of the “Fishing with Roland Martin Show,” for several hours of camaraderie that kicked off two ...

  • PHOTOS: Beatlemania hallmark of inaugural ‘British Invasion’ gala Published 05/29/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

    Leaving inhibitions at ground level, 325 Anglophiles rose to the pinnacle of hippiedom as they took possession of the Mercato parking garage roof on May 22.

  • PHOTOS: “WishMaker’s Ball” a magical, spirit-lifting gala Published 05/22/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

    Among little ones who learn early on to wish upon a star, few are luckier to have their wishes heard than those whose heart’s desires are granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Southwest division.

  • PHOTOS: Rabble of sea dogs invade 5th Avenue Pirate Ball Published 05/01/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    Agog passersby on their way to the Sugden Theater on April 28 avoided the pirate mob that descended onto the plaza for a raucous tented reception prior to the Yabba Island Pirate Ball staged to benefit the building of Children’s ...

  • PHOTOS: 2010 Southwest Florida Heart Ball a heartwarming event Published 05/01/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    A tribute to area Floridians who have “Hearts of Gold,” the second annual combined Heart Ball for Lee and Collier Counties drew some 540 supporters who were individually welcomed by event co-chairs Linda and Bob Simpson.

  • Ronald McDonald honored at 16th annual Storybook Ball Published 04/24/2010 at 5 p.m.

    During the ball’s opening reception on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, the amiable redhead posed for endless photos with the nearly 280 black-tied or begowned revelers on hand to celebrate his 20 years of presiding over area ...

  • Boys and Girls Club ‘mixes’ up its annual fundraiser Published 04/17/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    Having introduced “The Mix” concept to supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County (BGCCC) for the first time last year, the organization again rolled out red carpets leading to three of the hottest “dance clubs” in town ...

  • PHOTOS: First ‘Mardi Paws’ a howling success Published 04/03/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    Founded only about seven months ago by Pallas Diaz, clinic executive director, the Collier Spay Neuter Clinic is already on the books as a success, with more than 3,000 sterilizations to date, a record in providing non-lethal alternatives to unnecessary ...

  • PHOTOS: Rookery Bay inaugural bash ‘bats’ 1,000 Published 04/03/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

    Long enamored of their plasticine mascot who presides over the reserve’s Environmental Learning Center, the Friends of Rookery Bay (FORB), Rookery staff and volunteers jumped at the challenge last fall of creating a fundraiser in support of youth science education, ...

  • PHOTOS: Quarter-century Emerald Ball draws 400 supporters Published 03/27/2010 at 5:01 p.m.

    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort’s floor had the feel of the auld sod on March 20 when nearly 400 people of Irish descent and wannabes gathered for the ultimate in Hibernian-flavored frivolity at the 2010 Emerald Ball.

  • Gala: A night for remembering Diana, ‘the people’s princess’ Published 03/20/2010 at 5:02 p.m.

    The 230 guests at the Princess Diana, Dresses of Inspiration Legacy of Giving Gala March 10 — including six dress owners who had flown in from around the U.S. — were the first to enjoy a sneak preview of the ...

  • Gala: Hope for Haiti gala a hot ticket item this year Published 03/20/2010 at 5 p.m.

    It was a homecoming for many in the capacity crowd of 260 that filled the St. Ann Jubilee Center in Old Naples on March 13, and a revelation for others who were new to the heartwarming Hope for Haiti annual ...

  • Gala: 'Under the Mangroves' elegant gala goes indoors this year Published 03/13/2010 at 9:12 p.m.

    Staged within a vast white tent rising from Gulf Bay’s Cap d’Antibes mangrove-fringed property in Pelican Bay, the sixth annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala was declared its largest, most successful ever. The event, which funds 15 percent of the ...

  • Gala: ‘Space Odyssey’ takes Neighborhood Health Clinic fundraising to new heights Published 03/13/2010 at 9:09 p.m.

    At last year’s Neighborhood Health Clinic Block Party, James Bond and the Bond Golden Girls were featured guests of honor. Just in time to blast off for this year’s 7th annual gala, Captain James Lovell, Apollo 13 commander, one of ...

  • Gala: Hope Hospice gala draws 400 supporters Published 03/13/2010 at 9:06 p.m.

    The annual Hearts of Hope Hospice fundraiser came to Naples this year — 400 people strong — to support the Hope Hospice service group of inpatient care, caregiver relief, counseling and grief therapy.

  • Galas: Concerts’ ‘Lagniappe’ trades classics for Dixieland Published 03/06/2010 at 3:08 p.m.

    One North Naples neighborhood may have been surprised last weekend to hear the sounds of Dixieland. It was he Naples Dixieland Jazz Band as it marched into William Noll’s home and concert hall Feb. 28, followed by a coterie of ...

  • Galas: ‘Mending Broken Hearts ‘ luncheon a success for abuse shelter Published 03/06/2010 at 3:05 p.m.

    More than 1,000 supporters altogether attended a patrons’ reception and luncheon to support the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples through its annual “Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon,” bringing the shelter much-needed revenue of close to $600,000.

  • Gala: Theatrical gala showcases Naples Players Published 02/20/2010 at 7:51 p.m.

    Valentine’s Day eve proved a love fest for the Naples Players when a star-studded cast of actors and about 250 supporters gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Tiburon Golf Resort for a “Starry Starry Night” of theatrical delights.

  • Gala: African-themed soirée benefits Guadalupe center Published 01/30/2010 at 6:16 p.m.

    Startled golfers ending their rounds may have puzzled at the wavering flames of tiki torches that marked the path to the front doors of the Club Pelican Bay last Monday evening. Valets clad in safari attire and pith helmets busily ...

  • Gala: David Lawrence supporters party with the tsars Published 01/23/2010 at 5:58 p.m.

    St. Petersburg, land of the tsars, was the port of call Jan. 15 for 323 David Lawrence Center partygoers who gathered in support of the community-based organization’s mission. Valets, clad Cossack-style, directed arriving motorists “up the hill” through a veritable ...

  • Gala: Pooches strut their stuff at Humane Society tea and fashion show Published 11/28/2009 at 1:51 p.m.

    Both hilarious and sweet, adoptable pets and some novice models took to the runway together at the $100-per-person Humane Society Naples Tea and Fashion Show Nov. 20. The 11th annual event filled the Naples Hilton banquet room with 200 supporters ...

  • Artful windows are holiday tradition for gallery Published 11/25/2009 at 7:51 p.m.

    The gallery is full of art, but the windows are full of community good will. That’s becoming a seasonal tradition with Gallery One, 1301 Third St. S., which once again filled its windows with creative displays, this year themed around ...

  • Gala: Venetian ‘voyage’ sails NCH supporters to $600,000 Published 11/21/2009 at 5:02 p.m.

    A singing gondolier, courtesy of Opera Naples, serenaded arriving guests — a number of of them masked — at the Nov. 14 Italian-themed Venetian Voyage to support NCH Foundation at Naples Grande Beach Resort.

  • Gala: Pre-opening fest for botanical garden helps the cause Published 11/14/2009 at 5:01 p.m.

    More than 520 partygoers oohed and aahed their ways past the plantings and installations in the new Brazilian, Caribbean and Children’s sectors of the about-to-reopen Naples Botanical Garden Tuesday evening.

  • Gala: After 25 years, the Angel Ball continues its mission Published 11/14/2009 at 5 p.m.

    It’s been 25 years since the first Angel Ball, held in 1984 under a tent at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, debuted as a foundation for the school’s funding. So, gathering in support of the Community School of ...

  • Gala: Projected Bayshore arts center ‘friendraiser’ a night to remember Published 11/07/2009 at 5 p.m.

    About 120 guests gathered Nov. 1 at the North Naples home of William Noll, but with a destination farther south in mind. Occasioned by what began a dozen years ago as a trickle of interest in creating a state-of-the-art home ...

  • Sold-out kickoff vintner dinner a lively prelude to 2010 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Published 10/31/2009 at 5:06 p.m.

    With capacity limited to only 120 at Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs, wannabe dinner guests, including trustees, fest fans and even restaurant regulars, snapped up reservations in just two days for the kickoff dinner to the Southwest Florida Wine & ...