Portfolio Naples March 2017 - Page 81

COLLIER COUNTY GETS A BOOST FROM OVER $15 MILLION RAISED AT 2017 NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL Above: Credit Peter Falencik Children from NCEF beneficiaries performing at Auction Day Photo 1: Credit Mila Bridger Brian Cobb, Casey Barber, Valerie Boyd, Judy Sheindlin, Jeannelle Brady, Jerry Sheindlin Photo 2: Credit Mila Bridger Joe Wender, Ann Colgin, Maurice Marciano, Simone Lutgert Photo 3: Credit Mila Bridger. Wines on display Photo 4: Credit Eric Strachan. Chef de Cuisine Wolfgang Puck Photo 5: Credit Mila Bridger. Brahmin bag Photo 6: Credit Eric Strachan. Lewie Card Photo 7: Credit Mila Bridger. Wines on display Photo 8: Credit Eric Strachan Food display prepared by chefs of The Ritz-Carlton at the close of an exciting afternoon, the tally for the 2017 naples Winter Wine Festival’s live auction hit more than $15.1 million, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to over $161 million. “When we started planning this event nearly a year ago, we hoped for a suc- cessful auction, but the amount of money raised exceeds all expectations,” said denise cobb, co-chair of the 2017 naples Winter Wine Festival. “We are so thankful--from our big-hearted guests, to the talented chefs and vintners who make this event truly special, this was a great collaboration from all involved. ese funds make a lasting difference for children in our community.” donations to this year’s Fund a need, children’s healthcare, closed out the thrilling day, bringing in on-the-spot contributions that raised $1.6 million. ese funds will ensure that all children receive the high-quality, in-depth medical attention they deserve in the areas of oral health, mental health, pri- mary care and vision. guests from around the world came together to bid on 62 jaw-dropping auction items ranging from exceptional wine and culinary experiences to lim- PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 79