Supporting a good cause at the Naples Winter Wine Festival

Reporter: Rachel Cox-Rosen Writer: Paul Dolan
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Many gathered in North Naples on Saturday for a day full of fun, wine, and supporting a good cause

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is a chance for attendees to bid on some amazing pieces and help change kids’ lives for the better.

People drinking wine at the Winter Wine Festival. CREDIT: WINK News

Glitz, glamor, food, and of course a lot of wine and bidding raising millions for the Naples Children and Education Foundation.

One of the most talked about items was a restored 1968 Ford Bronco that went for $480,000.

1968 Ford Bronco that went for $480,000. CREDIT: WINK News

All that excitement and a performance by the acapella group, Straight No Chaser, made the event a day to remember.

However, the Naples Winter Wine Festival auction wasn’t always this way.

The white tent is where it all started! In fact, the Naples Winter Wine Festival, pre-dates the Ritz Carlton. So in 2001, the event was just a handful of couples, this white tent, and a dream to help underprivileged children in Collier County.

And while there are now a lot more bells and whistles during the event, the primary goal has not deviated.

“As an adult, we are really the protectors of the children. How the funding is done from the state, really doesn’t happen. So having private people do things to raise money for a cause, the effects on the children are wonderful,” Naples resident, John Brown said.

“The children are going to have opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. We do a lot with a lot of charities so it covers a plethora of things. Hearing, sight, education. It’s all very important,” Naples resident, Sherie Marek said.

“As we always say, it’s all for the kids,” volunteer Rochelle Jackson said.

Click here to watch 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival: In Perfect Harmony, a WINK News special.

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