Meet the kids event supporting the Naples Children and Education Foundation. Photo courtesy of the 2019 Naples Winter and Wine Festival/Peter Falencik.
Meet the kids event supporting the Naples Children and Education Foundation. Photo courtesy of the 2019 Naples Winter and Wine Festival/Peter Falencik.

Naples Winter Wine Festival raises $15.8 million in donations

A Naples festival shows it is more than a snazzy networking event where attendees drink delectable wines.

MORE: Naples Winter Wine Festival online auction

The 2019 Naples Winter and Wine Festival, which was held at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, raised nearly $16 million for the Naples Children and Education Foundation. The foundation supports effective, disciplined charitable programs that seek to improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.

There were 63 auction lots this year. Eight Double Magnums of Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon went for $350,000. Two first edition vehicles, the 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible and the 2019 McLaren 720S Spider convertible, went for $550,000 and $460,000.

Contributions are still coming in for the Online Auction and Fund a Need, which is open through Jan. 31.

Since the Naples Winter and Wine Festival inception in 2001, the funds raised from the auction are over $191 million.

Writer:Michael Mora
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