One-of-a-Kind Auction Items Will Dazzle at 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Naples, FL – August 18, 2015 – Imagine winning an exclusive dinner with country music superstar Martina McBride, or a private tour of Versailles followed by a rare dinner in the apartments of Louis XV. How about engraved bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Staglin Family Vineyard Estate, a family-owned Napa Valley winery devoted to organic winemaking, plus a once-in-a-lifetime “behind-the-scenes” trip to Chile and Argentina to explore their burgeoning wine regions? These lots and more will be among the many spectacular offerings auctioned off at the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival, taking place from January 28-31, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. These exclusive items, otherwise unavailable to the general public, have been generously donated to support children in need.

2016 NWWF logo660px“The heart and pulse of the Naples Winter Wine Festival is the live auction, and our amazing team has assembled some of the most exciting auction lots we’ve ever seen,” said Tom Moran, Co-Chair of the 2016 Festival. “Guests who attend the Festival will have the chance to bid on experiences that can’t be purchased anywhere else, all while raising money for children in need. That’s what it’s all about.”

Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s live auctions have raised more than $135 million to support the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which gives out annual grants that have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.

Among the many stand-out auction items donated by participating vintners is the “Judgment of Paris,” created in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the event that catapulted California wines onto the world stage. The winning bidder will receive large format bottles of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Chateau Montelena, the two wineries that bested the top French wines during this legendary tasting, signed by the original participants, and will enjoy private tours and tastings at both estates.

The incredible travel experiences available at the 2016 live auction include a trip to Florence to visit the Fratelli Piccini showroom – one of the most storied Italian luxury jewelry brands –to receive a custom piece of fine jewelry; a week-long cruise along the Burgundy canal in France complete with private tastings at Burgundy’s most renowned wineries; and a trip to  Southeast Asia aboard Singapore Airlines’ Suites Class, the most luxurious class of flying commercially available, plus a spectacular journey throughout Asia and Japan on a private jet.

Other one-of-a-kind auction items include, among others:

  • A trip to New York City for a private dinner with a Broadway star, plus tickets and backstage passes to their show
  • Two 12-liter bottles of Grace Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, both etched and hand-painted with the logos of the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival beneficiaries
  • One-of-a-kind, custom engraved rings from Master Goldsmith Christoph Wellendorff, in addition to magnums of Hamel Family Wines and a trip to Sonoma Valley, among other stops, to enjoy a private tour, tasting and dinner at the Hamel Family Estate
  • Private access to Bulgari’s High Jewelry Event and a private preview of Bulgari’s latest High Jewelry Collection
  • 14 nights aboard The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on Earth

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by some of the top celebrity chefs in the country, including this year’s Chef de Cuisine, Rick Tramonto, and taste wines selected from the world’s best vintners, all during an unforgettable weekend of food, wine and philanthropy.

Ticket packages to this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival, limited to 580 guests, start at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four under the tent at a vintner dinner is also available. For more information about the Festival, please visit napleswinefestival.com or call 888-837-4919. A complete list of 2016 auction items will be posted on the website in November.

About the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day Festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.  For more information, please visit napleswinefestival.com.

THE NAPLES ZOO AT CARIBBEAN GARDENS HIRES FULL TIME VETERINARIAN

NAPLES, FL. – May 21, 2015. The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has hired a full time veterinarian, Lizzy Arnett-Chinn. Ms. Arnett-Chinn is the first full time veterinarian to be hired at the Naples Zoo.

Lizzy Arnett-Chinn stated, “While I have enjoyed my time at Buttonwood Park Zoo, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a more exotic collection in a warmer climate. I am joining the zoo at such an exciting time as we are currently planning to build a new veterinary hospital. I can’t wait to see the new plans unfold from the ground up and I am looking forward to all of the new adventures at the Naples Zoo!”

Ms. Arnett-Chinn received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan, Kansas in 2010. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological sciences, emphasis in neurobiology, physiology and behavior from the University of California in 2004.

She began her career in the zoological field with an internship at Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center focusing on small animals, including internal medicine, surgery, emergency, intensive care unit, chemotherapeutic and radiation oncology, cardiology, general practice (small animal and exotics), dermatology, ophthalmology and neurology services. Once gaining this experience, she was offered the veterinary internship with Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center.

Ms. Arnett-Chinn’s next tenure brought her to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland with another veterinary internship as a clinical veterinarian with primary case responsibility for all animals housed at the aquarium, including sea turtle rehabilitation. She was also responsible for teaching final year veterinary students and she assisted the National Aquarium with their AZA reaccreditation process.

Ms. Arnett-Chinn’s final internship was at the University of Florida as an aquatic animal health intern. This unique opportunity allowed her to work with several large wildlife entities in Florida, including Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lowery Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium and Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. While working under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission she assisted with rescuing manatees in the Northwestern region of the state, she was responsible for all necropsies of manatees in the state of Florida and collecting and processing histological samples. Ms. Arnett-Chinn was a clinical veterinarian at Lowry Park Zoo for all of their collection animals, participating in animal drills, and performing necropsies. Another stop for her clinical veterinarian program included Florida Aquarium with primary case responsibility for all animals housed at the aquarium, including sea turtle rehabilitation. The final stop in her clinical veterinarian program was with Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida. Her responsibilities included doing full work ups of fish from farms for food, ornamental trade and research. During this time she also assisted with teaching third and fourth year veterinary students.

In 2014, Ms. Arnett-Chinn was offered a full time position at Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts as a Staff Veterinarian. Her duties included being the sole veterinarian for over 200 animals at the AZA accredited zoo, the manager of a technician and volunteers and veterinary externs.

“As the only AZA accredited zoo in Florida that did not previously have a full time staff veterinarian, we are thrilled to have Lizzy join us at the Naples Zoo” said Liz Harmon, Director of Animal Programs. “She has spent the last four years at zoos and aquariums to expand her clinical skills and abilities to provide high quality medicine to a wide range of animals. She has experience in zoological medicine, she has worked with a wide range of veterinarians and has experience working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She will be an excellent asset to our team!”

Located in the heart of Naples, The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is nestled in a 44-acre historic botanical garden that was founded in 1919 and offers families a full day wild fun from apes to zebras featuring wildlife shows, cruises and other entertaining educational programming. For more information, contact The Naples Zoo at 239-262-5409 or visit www.NaplesZoo.org.