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and is currently leading the design and construction of a new Silver Oak Alexan- der Valley production facility and tasting room. David was Chairman of the Napa Valley Vintners in 2015 and in 2014 he and Kary co-chaired Auction Napa Val- ley with the Gargiulo family during its highest-grossing year. David and Kary have served as board members of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and Kary Duncan previously served on the Board of Directors at Clinic Ole for more than and appearing as featured chef on The Food Network and PBS, Danko spent several years working at a variety of leading properties in Northern Califor- nia, such as Beringer Vineyards, Chateau Souverain, as well as both the Terrace and Dining Room at The Ritz- Carlton, San Francisco. Danko started his culinary career at the age 14 and went on to complete his culinary edu- cation at the  Hyde Park, New York campus  of  the Culinary Institute of 2001, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) has raised over $161 million to support and fund over 300,000 services for underprivileged and at-risk children. In total, the NCEF has awarded grants to over 40 nonprofit or- ganizations in the community and last year alone, the NWWF raised over $15.1 million for NCEF’s grants and strategic initiatives.  Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, limited to 580 guests, start a decade.  David was also co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the St. Helena Montessori School, is a Board Member of the First Western Trust Bank in Col- orado, and is past Chapter Chairman and member of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organ- ization. 2018 marks the Duncan family’s seventh year participating in the Festival and his generous auction lots have raised over $1.5 million for underprivileged children of Southwest Florida. “As a long-time participant at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, I have seen the critical role of the Naples Winter Wine Festival in serving the unmet needs of the Southwest Florida community,” said David. “It is an honor to steward this important cause with Chef Danko and have so much fun along the way.” Gary Danko is the Executive Chef and Founder of his eponymous restau- rant in San Francisco, California. Prior to becoming an award-winning chef America. In 1999, he opened the Michelin-rated Restaurant Gary Danko, where his classic French dishes helped him win twelve AAA Five Dia- mond ratings, a coveted Relais & Châteaux designation, and several James Beard Awards, including “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Service” and “Best Chef: California.” 2018 marks Chef Danko’s second year participating in the Festival on-site, in addition to being a loyal contributor to several vint- ner auction lots through the years. “To be given the opportunity to help children in need is a cause nobody should ever pass up,” said Chef Gary Danko. “I’ve participated in many char- ities alongside other talented chefs in San Francisco, but am overjoyed to further my philanthropic reach and to be hon- ored with the Chef de Cuisine title at this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival.” Since the inception of the Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) in at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package is also available that includes reserved seat- ing for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the tent. A full list of participat- ing vintners, chefs, and auctions lots will be announced at a later date. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at barrett@napleswinefesti- val.com or 239-514-2239. About Naples Winter Wine Festival. e Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world's most prestigious charity wine auctions, offers a weekend of un- forgettable memories. Guests enjoy world-class wines and food during inti- mate dinners in private homes, and are invited to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction. Since its inau- gural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised more than $161 million, making a profound difference in the lives of thousands of children. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 31