The Naples Children & Education Foundation, founder of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, announced that their popular online auction will be held again this year. Backers from across Southwest Florida and beyond can bid on more than 125 incredible food, wine and virtual experiences, and the ability to purchase one of just 16 seats at the first annual NCEF Golf Fore Kids Pro-Am.
Since its launch in 2015, the NWWF online auction has provided additional opportunities for the local community, bidders and supporters across the country to participate, raising nearly $ 1.5 million to benefit disadvantaged children in Collier County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NWWF is going virtual and the importance of the online auction is greater than ever.
“After the hugely successful 20th anniversary festival last year, we could never have foreseen the devastating effects of the global health crisis,” said Ann Bain, co-chair of the NWWF Online Auction Committee. “Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our donors, we have been able to compose some notable, one-of-a-kind auction lots, including rare wines, virtual wine tastings, over-the-top dinners, virtual concerts, custom art, luxury sunset cruises, golf, and more. Every dollar raised in our online auction supports the Naples Children & Education Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Collier County. “
Since its inaugural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised more than $ 212 million, transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
The highlights of the auction lot include:
¦ Emillions Art: A Dario Campanile Commission For You (Lot 700): Emillions Art welcomes famous, world-famous Italian painter Dario Campanile to one (1) lucky winner home to create a one-of-a-kind, commissioned abstract work of art (up to 48 ”). x 60 ”) for the desired room.
¦ Opus One: A Napa & Bordeaux Wedding (Lot 106): Six (6) guests have the opportunity to experience the “Art of the Table” at Opus One Winery, a comprehensive training in the art of pairing food and wine. The winners will also take home a vertical of Magnums of Opus One from 2013, 2014 and 2015, three vintages that will be well drinking for years to come.
¦ Pro-Am-Buy-A-Spot for NCEF Golf Fore Kids (Lot 100): Sixteen (16) lucky golfers will have the opportunity to play in the exclusive Pro-Am at the Old Collier Golf Club on Wednesday, April 21st Peter Jacobsen and Bobby Clampett and two other professionals. This unique experience includes a casual lunch and a clinic on the driving range, an 18-hole tournament with the pros and a fabulous al fresco dinner with special wines.
¦ Sea Salt: A Master’s Cooking Lesson (Lot 405): Up to ten (10) guests enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration with Chef Fabrizio Aiello, followed by a delicious champagne lunch at the award-winning Sea Salt restaurant on Third Street South in old Naples.
¦ A Hallberg Gathering Point (Lot 302): This lucky winner will find a private outdoor grill for up to sixteen (16) guests hosted by NCEF Trustees Sharon and Chuck Hallberg with Chef Sebastian Mazzotta. Music artist Ira Dean & Friends from Nashville will provide entertainment. Wines to enjoy while grilling include: 4 – 750 ml 2011 Peter Michael Clos du Ciel Estate Pinot Noir; 4 – 750 ml 2012 Domaine Serene Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir; 4 – 750 ml (Vintage TBD) Domaine Serene Monogram Pinot Noir; and 4 – 750ml 2013 Peter Michael Le Caprice, Pinot Noir estate.
¦ Key West: Mile Marker 0 (Lot 600): Four (4) guests enjoy a Key West fishing adventure for three (3) days and two (2) nights at The Galleon Resort & Marina, a waterfront property in the heart of Old Town . Guests will fish for one (1) day on a Boston Whaler 350 Outrage with an experienced fishing captain. A Phenom 300 includes a private round-trip flight from Naples.
Those interested in participating in the online auction are invited to bid high at www.nwwfonlineauction.com and bid frequently starting Friday, January 22, 8:00 a.m. through Tuesday, February 2, 5:00 p.m. EST.
Naples’ 2021 Winter Wine Festival “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” will celebrate the dedicated community of partners who have helped deliver life changing services to disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Collier County. Due to COVID-19, the annual event has been revised to give priority to the health and safety of all NCEF donors, supporters and partners.
A highlight of this year’s festival is a special television event on Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Courtesy of WINK-TV, this hour-long broadcast provides the NCEF with an opportunity to raise awareness of the organization and care systems it has put in place to support local children. The program will weave live and prerecorded segments together and provide inspiring success stories, personal stories from parents and beneficiaries, reflections from NCEF trustees, and the measurable impact NCEF has had since the 2001 inaugural festival in Collier County.
This inspirational show, which will air on both WINKTV and www.NCEFKids.com, will encourage viewers to pledge online support to help NCEF fill critical gaps in children’s social services. Festival guests who tune in will be particularly inspired to place high bids during the virtual auction only by invitation, which begins immediately after the program.
For more information about the Naples Children & Education Foundation or the Naples Winter Wine Festival, contact Lisa Juliano at [email protected] or 239-514-2239. ¦
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