energy-packed NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL RAISES MORE THAN $11 MILLION FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

FROM LEFT SEATED AT TABLE: MONTE AHUJA, USHA AHUJA, ALEEN MOVSESIAN, JULIAN MOVSESIAN (WINNING BIDDER OF ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN), WERNER DETTWILER, SOPHIE DETTWILER PHOTO BY: LOUIS VENNE

FROM LEFT SEATED AT TABLE: MONTE AHUJA, USHA AHUJA, ALEEN MOVSESIAN, JULIAN MOVSESIAN (WINNING BIDDER OF ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN), WERNER DETTWILER, SOPHIE DETTWILER PHOTO BY: LOUIS VENNE

After a spirited weekend featuring the best wines produced worldwide and cuisine from the country’s top chefs, the Naples Winter Wine Festival generated $11.1 million during its thrilling live auction, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $146 million.

Guests from around world came together under the tent to bid on 64 live auction lots, including exclusive wine and travel experiences, dazzling art pieces, and limited edition cars. These items were donated in support of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, which has delivered grants to more than 40 non-profit organizations in its 16 year history, benefitting more than 200,000 local children.

“We are thrilled and touched by the generosity and energy at this year’s auction,” said Sandi Moran, co-chair of the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival. “It’s truly amazing to see so many people work together to realize the goal that is at the core of every Festival: making a lasting difference for the children of our local community.”

The live auction’s top single bid of $750,000 went to a bespoke 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn, designed uniquely for the Festival, making the winning bidder the first person in the world to receive this coveted vehicle.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LIVE AUCTION:

  • Three separate bidders won VIP access to Napa Valley’s BottleRock music festival, two bespoke guitars and three double magnums of coveted Gargiulo wines, totaling $720,000.
  • $650,000 was the winning bid for a customized Ferrari 488 Spider with exclusive racing experiences.
  • $400,000 was raised to attend a private cooking class with Glenn Close, taught by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
  • A collection of Staglin Family Vineyard’s rare wines plus 10 days in Chile and Argentina with the vintners themselves and VIP tastings throughout the trip drew a final bid of $350,000.
COLLIER COUNTY KIDS KICK OFF 2016 LIVE AUCTION PHOTO BY: LOUIS VENNE

COLLIER COUNTY KIDS KICK OFF 2016 LIVE AUCTION PHOTO BY: LOUIS VENNE

2016’s Fund-a-Need initiative raised a total of $615,000 from dozens of generous attendees, all of which goes toward NCEF’s Early Learning Initiative, which connects high-quality early childhood care providers to bring more early learning opportunities to the Naples community.

The weekend kicked off with a 40th anniversary wine tasting to commemorate the historic Judgment of Paris that catapulted California wines to lasting international fame. Steven Spurrier, host of the original event, joined George Taber, author of the best-selling book about the competition, along with proprietors Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena and Ted Baseler of Stag’s Leap Wine
Cellars, to give guests an exclusive taste of these American wineries that were honored in the original competition.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, guests were treated to culinary artistry from more than 20 of the country’s top chefs, including stars such as Curtis Duffy, Bill Telepan, and Richard Reddington, as well as Chef de Cuisine Rick Tramonto, proprietor of renowned restaurants in both Chicago and New Orleans.

17 Master Sommeliers—more than ever before— poured wines at the Festival, sharing their skill and knowledge with hundreds of
lucky guests. Over 40 acclaimed vintners from across the globe also attended the event, led by Paul and Emily Michael of the Peter Michael Winery, whose role as this year’s Honored Vintners reflects their remarkable commitment to the Festival and quality of their wines.

“The chefs, sommeliers, and vintners are crucial to making this Festival a success,” added Laura Dixon, co-chair of the 2016 Naples Winter Wine Festival. “Their contributions of time and talent help us make a positive impact on thousands of lives in the community.”

Using the funds raised from this year’s auction, NCEF will award grants to local organizations serving Collier County children in need on March 14.

ABOUT THE NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is the most successful international charity wine auction in the world, 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.

WHAT’S IN A LEADER

PRHS PARTICIPANTS AT YOUTH JAM ‘ 16

PRHS PARTICIPANTS AT YOUTH JAM ‘ 16

Drug Free Collier and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are beaming with pride after witnessing dozens of local teens rally around the prevention of underage drinking.

Students from eight different middle and high schools throughout Collier County recently came together for Youth Jam ‘16, an inaugural Youth Leadership Conference that featured innovative ways to help teens navigate the crucial teen years by making positive, healthy choices.

The one-day event included stand-out presentations with leading individuals such as Jeff Becker, Andrew Miranti, Dr. Stephen Stohler and Tasheekia Perry. The engaging sessions allowed students to reflect on the importance of having purpose in their lives and showed young participants how to build relational bridges that promote healthy self-esteem, productivity and accountability.

As keynote presenter, Becker, a Southwest Florida school counselor and motivational speaker was able to connect with the teens through his sense of humor and positive energy. He shared his personal journey and struggles as a youth and showed teens that it’s important not to allow others to put labels on you.

Miranti and Stohler, both with Healthways’ Blue Zones Project, also led students through a creative exercise to help them find purpose. Finding one’s purpose can be the antidote to the emptiness that so many experience today, they explained.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER JEFF BECKER MOTIVATING STUDENTS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER JEFF BECKER MOTIVATING STUDENTS

The training concluded with Perry helping students realize that they each have the power to take a stand. Students were reminded that by being leaders, they are part of the solution to preventing underage drinking in our community.

Throughout the conference, students also enjoyed a variety of activities. “We received great feedback from everyone,” said Melanie Black, Executive Director of Drug Free Collier. “Thanks to interactive games, a live DJ, photo booth, food and great giveaways, skill building was never more fun for this group of teens.”

“Collaborating with Drug Free Collier on the first annual Youth Jam Leadership Conference is proof that working together can provide a richer experience and more in-depth prevention message to youth and the community,” said Lori Burke, MADD Southwest Florida Program Director.

“By providing our teens with positive opportunities like these, we are helping to set them up for success,” Black added. “We are proud to have partnered with so many dedicated individuals on this new campaign. We understand that today’s teens face all sorts of challenges and we want them to know that they are not alone.”

Drug Free Collier remains committed to protecting children from substance abuse through ongoing community collaborations like Youth Jam and other campaigns that engage our youth. The event was spearheaded by Drug Free Collier’s coordinator of our school-based prevention clubs known as the CORE Society. Participation was open to CORE students and other interested students.

Local businesses such as B-103, The Dock at Crayton Cove, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sweet Tomatoes, Olive Garden, Goldies Restaurant, Publix, Sam’s Club, Coastal Beverage and Trader Joe’s were among the partners who made this event possible.

As part of this event, students also received valuable resources to remind them about the life-saving lessons they learned at this
conference. Important information on teen drinking is outlined in MADD’s Power of YOU(th) program that was distributed to each participant.

For copies of this booklet and other resources to help prevent underage drinking, contact Lori.Burke@MADD.org at Mothers
Against Drunk Driving or Drug Free Collier at info@drugfreecollier.org.

Established in 2005, Drug Free Collier is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit working to save and change young lives. Visit www.DrugFreeCollier.org to find out how you can help or call 239.377.0535.

Ninth Annual Gene Sarazen Charity Golf Tournament

Gene SarazenThe Naples Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will hold its 9th Annual Gene Sarazen Charity Golf Outing on March 19th, 2016, at the beautiful Vineyards Country Club in Naples, Florida. This golf tournament is the largest fund-raising event by NIAF to help support organizations assisting special needs children and adults in Collier County.

This year funds raised will be given to The Collier County Special Olympics (as in the past), Special Needs Children’s Fund (SNCF), which includes autism, and the Naples chapter of Go 4 the Goal, an organization which supports children with cancer.
The Naples Italian American Foundation is a 501(c) (3)tax exempt corporation. One of the Missions of NIAF is supporting worthy charities.

In recent years, the NIAF has been fortunate enough to be able to contribute well over $150,000 to various charities in our community. As our Foundation does not have a corporate sponsorship, we depend on our devoted volunteers and your charitable contributions to accomplish our goals of assisting children and adults with special needs right here in Collier County.

Mr. Carl Santolli, NIAF Golf Committee Chair, invites you to join us this year in our endeavor to support Special Olympics and Children/Adults with Special Needs. If you are interested in participating in our 2016 Charity Golf Tournament, making a donation, or placing an ad in our Program Ad Book, please call our Foundation at 239.597.5210, or visit our website at
www.niafoundation.org.

THE ITALIAN COBBLER – an ancient Artisan tradition

Silvio's Shoe Repair Team

Silvio’s Shoe Repair Team

by Kelly G. Cooper

From Cinderella to Imelda Marcos, footwear has always seduced our imaginations and is undoubtedly an essential piece of fashion. Shoes speak louder than words and are certainly a barometer of style for both men and women alike. People began wearing shoes over 40,000 years ago to protect their feet from weather and rugged terrain.

Shoes have now evolved from once being a staple of practicality into luxury items of fashion and style. Footwear is now seen not just part of your wardrobe, but in some cases, as an investment.

As a nation, we are obsessed with shoes and often have a pair or more for every occasion. At any given time, the average American man has 12 pairs of shoes and woman 27 pairs in their closet, according to the Time Style and Design Poll.

The average American woman purchases seven pairs annually and will likely spend around $25,000 in a lifetime – that is quite an investment!

Cobblers workingIt may seem extreme, but just take a look inside your closet and you will find these numbers to be quite accurate. Anytime we spend our hard earned dollars on an item or venture, it is wise to have a professional on hand to help maintain and extend your investment. In this a case a skilled cobbler is vital to the task and in Naples, our local cobbler Silvio Palomba at Silvio’s Shoe Repair, is your man!

Until the 19th century shoemaking was a traditional handicraft and cobblers were in high demand. Shoes were made of quality
materials, such as leather and wood, and could last a decade or more with refinishing, resoling and minor repairs by the cobbler.

“Prior to the 1970’s shoes were made well with the intention to be repaired, however the business mentality changed. Nowadays, most shoes are cheaply made from plastics and other petrochemical-derived materials that cannot be fixed, forcing consumers to toss the old and buy new, eliminating the need for a cobbler,” Silvio explains.

This is great for the footwear industry who earn over $75 billion dollars per year (Department of Labor) but very expensive for you as a consumer in the long run.

shoe repairOriginally from Naples, Italy, Silvio Palomba has been serving the community of Naples, Florida for over 30 years. Silvio is integral in helping individuals maintain and restore their leather goods and prized possessions. With the precise delicate handiwork found at Silvio’s Shoe Repair it is no surprise this family business has become a household name synonymous with comfort, style and attention to detail.

We must understand there are limitations to what our bones and joints can endure, so it is critical to ensure your shoes are giving your body the best support. Footwear changes the way we walk and how our bodies distribute weight, reflected in bones and ligaments.

To address many health issues Silvio’s Shoe Repair specializes in orthotic buildups that can significantly improve balance, posture and gait. If you have such difficulties it would be beneficial to have your shoes inspected and possibly altered to provide the best support for your individual needs.

Silvio’s Shoe Repair brings you generations of passion and expert craftsmanship maintaining standards of the highest quality in craftsmanship, merchandise, and materials imported from Italy.

Remember properly fitting shoes promote foot health and encourage the wearer to be more active, which improves the overall health. Invest wisely and take care of your feet and they will take care of you in return.

SILVIO’S SHOE REPAIR

Shoes· Luggage · Handbags · Belts · Wallets
Lower High Heels · Resole · Reshape · Stretch · Shine
Specialize in Orthopedic Buildups
Silvio’s Shoe Repair
287 9th Street South, Naples FL 34102
239.287.0901 • silvioshoerepair.com

MOVING ON…

Jim Hendersonby Jim Henderson
President of William C. Huff Companies and
national speaker for estate downsizing and lifestyle transitions

From the early 90’s through the early 2000’s, baby boomers and their growing families made up a majority of the ‘up-sizing’ movement within our country. Upwardly mobile boomers moved on average every six years as their careers led them to new locations and opportunities. Now a decade later as the generation of post-WWII babies enter retirement age, we can’t help but notice the new trend in moving is to ‘downsize’!

Often moves are from one large central home to two smaller homes, one in the Southern US and the other closer to family in the Northeast or Midwest. In theory, we’d like to think that these moves would be smaller, simpler and more positive due to the size of the move versus the ones we were making years ago.

But regardless of size, statistics tell us that moving is one of the most stressful life events we have to go through.

Some moves are not as easy as others and can be filled with stress, anxiety and emotion; these may be a result of an illness which forces sudden changes in the lifestyle of the homeowners.

As our society continues to age at an alarming rate, so do related illnesses such as: Alzheimer’s, dementia, cancer, and a number of other debilitating illnesses. Stress associated with decisions surrounding a move during these times can be overwhelming.
It’s important that families who are dealing with this type of stress consult with a company who can assist them in making smarter decisions regarding their relocation logistics. Having owned William C. Huff Companies for over 27 years, I do consider myself and our staff to be experts in assisting families with these sometimes difficult decisions.

Recently, I was asked to give a quote for a move from Naples to Michigan for an older couple who had been dealing with a crippling illness for the past two years. The time had come for them to move closer to family. The move needed to be done quickly and could have gone terribly wrong if not thought out precisely in the best interest of the elderly couple. Through a referral, the family contacted me first. I then met with them to see what their most important needs were. After an in-depth conversation, my team orchestrated a step-by-step plan that would minimize their stress based specifically on their health limitations to get them back with family as soon as possible.

Because our focus was on meeting their unique needs and not on profiting from the situation, they were able to get advice that they didn’t even know they needed. Another company just focusing on business profit might not have taken the time to design a plan that put the family’s needs first.

Due to illness or age, many of us will face a day when we will be forced to choose a move we don’t want to make or that is stressful. I’m relieved to know that when I face that day, I’ve already helped many families make that transition just a little easier. I hope I’ve paved the way for my own transition to not be a burden on my family and friends. Attention to details and planning are what makes William C. Huff Companies the best in the business of moving and logistics. Bottom line – we care!

Holocaust Museum Triumph Awards

by Sandra Lee Buxton

JACK AND F.E. NORTMAN

JACK AND F.E. NORTMAN

This year the Museum is celebrating the impact of its educational programs during the 15th Anniversary Triumph Awards on April 13th, at the Naples Yacht Club. The honorees will be F.E. and Jack Nortman selected for their loyalty and continued support in educating the community and students of all ages.

Triumph is defined as “a great victory or achievement” which clearly represents the Nortman family and their work.

Since 2008 when The Boxcar Project was introduced the student impact soared from 11,000 to over 24,000 a year. The boxcar itself is a 10 ton freight car, measuring 10 ft x 30 ft. It is typical of countless others that transported millions of victims
to concentration camps.

Each car contained from 90 to 130 men, women and children, all on a one way trip. The Museum educates children at three specific times in their K – 12 years.

In the 5th grade the focus is heroes, 8th grade a Holocaust Museum Field Trip and in the 10th grade, an investigation into genocide. In addition to educating students, quarterly workshops are held for educators as well.

The Boxcar is owned by the Nortman family and is on permanent loan to the museum. The importance of this work cannot be overstated and Jack wants to honor his parents who overcame so much as Holocaust survivors. It was felt that if the Museum had a artifact to capture the attention of the community that interest in its history would enhance learning.

Box CarJack worked with Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum in locating an authentic WWII-era boxcar. It was a long and expensive process but when one was found in Austria in 2007 it was shipped to Miami, then onto Naples.

It underwent conservation and reconstruction so that it would maximize learning. It is now an integral part of the museum’s educational programs. Jack has served as a docent and on the Holocaust Museum’ s Board with faithful involvement of over 10 years.

Participating with the Holocaust Museum is a passion of Jack’s so that today’s children are educated and we never forget what
happened to millions of innocent people, Jews and Christians alike. As a society our battle with genocide is not over. To attend the Triumph Awards and celebrate with the Nortman’s contact Amy Snyder at amy@holocaustmuseumswfl.org

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AT THE CONSERVANCY COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX ISSUES

by Nick Penniman

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DENNIS GOODMAN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DENNIS GOODMAN

The first three Life in Naples articles on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida have covered wildlife care and rehabilitation,
education and science. This final piece is about the best known and most public part of the Conservancy’s work: environmental policy.

Beginning in 1964 with a petition signed by thousands of citizens, elaborately unrolled before Collier County Commissioners, which stopped the “road to nowhere” – a highway planned for the barrier islands between Naples and Marco Island – the Conservancy began a long and storied tradition of advocating for smart growth policies to preserve the natural world. These policy choices over fifty years, the battles fought, and the eventual outcomes, are all set forth in my book: Nature’s Steward: A History of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

Today’s Conservancy policy department is staffed by six expert specialists, and guided by two experienced and capable women: Nicole Johnson who heads the Growth Management and Planning division with Jennifer Hecker who leads the Natural Resource Policy division.

As Collier County’s population explodes, growth will move east into lands that have traditionally been devoted to agriculture. County government has wisely formed a review committee to advise commissioners, but the Conservancy’s role has never been more important. Doubly so because when Governor Scott took office one of his first acts was to eradicate forty years of carefully constructed bi-partisan land use planning and regulation at the state and regional levels, pushing responsibility down to Florida’s counties.

CONSDRVANCY SUNSETThe Conservancy believes that growth and the preservation of natural spaces, particularly fresh water recharge of our aquifers, can be managed with smart growth policies.

Since 90 per cent of Florida’s drinking water comes from those aquifers, water policy goes beyond just the surface of the land, and when mining, oil drilling, rampant destruction of wetlands, and urban runoff are left unchecked, the system is imperiled.

Conservancy leadership seeks to insure that water is clean, equitably distributed and capable of sustaining our natural habitat,
wildlife, recreational opportunities and a rapidly growing population.

A great example of how policy arises from sound science, is the biennial estuaries’ Report Card, which grades water quality of inlets and bays from Charlotte Harbor down to the Ten Thousand Islands in an attempt to educate both citizens and our policy makers about progress (or more notably lack thereof) in cleaning up our coastal waters.

While growth management and water availability are long-term issues, there is a more immediate threat that concerns Conservancy policy makers and many citizens living in Collier County: hydraulic fracking and enhanced acid stimulation of oil drilling sites in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The problem is simple: current regulations are outdated and irrelevant. But powerful interests hold the mineral rights to much of southwest Florida – interests that can buy politicians with petty cash – and have done so in order to rush bills written by oil industry lobbyists and lawyers through the current session in Tallahassee.

The Conservancy has been negotiating, unsuccessfully, with local sponsors of two bills to put a temporary halt to the pell-mell rush until a comprehensive study can be made of fracking in our ecologically fragile western Everglades. Concerned about the possibility that groundwater and aquifers will be depleted by the heavy water drawdown from fracking and possibly polluted by the use of publicly undisclosed chemicals, the Conservancy asked sound science be given time to weigh in to prevent an economic and ecological calamity.

According to Hecker “I think we have brought people together to understand the complex issues that face us. Public awareness leads to good outcomes and if nothing else, we have developed common sense solutions to this problem. All we need now is the political will to approach this issue carefully and scientifically.”

The employment of sound science, regional land use planning based upon ecosystem analysis, orderly development and preservation of natural resources leading to common sense solutions for the common good have always guided Conservancy policy choices…and will do so for many, many years to come.

For further information please go to www.conservancy.org.

STUDENT’S MOTIVATION LEADS TO THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME

KENT SHOEMAKER, JESUS ABARCA AND JOSEPH ZEDNIK

KENT SHOEMAKER, JESUS ABARCA AND JOSEPH ZEDNIK

by Steven Kissinger

Jesus Abarca, who was accepted into The Immokalee Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program in middle school, is now 25 years old, and his list of accomplishments – and the way he has earned respect and admiration of adults – would do a man twice his age proud.

Lipman Produce CEO Kent Shoemaker remembers attending an event about five years ago during which students from The Immokalee Foundation – including Abarca – spoke about their TIF experiences. While the students all were impressive, Shoemaker saw something hard to define and extraordinary about the young man that led him to believe Abarca would fit into his company someday. He found Abarca right after the program, gave him a business card and invited him to stop by sometime.

Three days later, Abarca was in Shoemaker’s office. Shoemaker said he did what he always does with young people: He gave Abarca a book to read, something about business or economics, and told him to read it and call Shoemaker to talk about it when he finished. “And he called me the next day,” Shoemaker said, clearly still surprised. “He immediately grasped the concepts, and we offered him a summer internship as a management trainee. And he did a phenomenal job.”

Abarca wasn’t done surprising his boss. The next summer, Shoemaker offered him another internship during his summer break from college, but Abarca declined because of a school commitment that eventually fell through. Abarca called to see if Shoemaker’s offer was still good; unfortunately, the position had been filled, so Shoemaker offered Abarca the only job he had.

“Jesus spent the summer in a grape tomato-packing facility, punching a clock – he gave himself a pay cut,” Shoemaker said. But Abarca did a great job, and his perseverance led to a management track at Lipman.

Abarca, now armed with a degree from Florida State University, currently manages a staff of about 40 people in a quality control position where vegetables are packed in the company’s Arizona location.

Abarca’s parents work in the fields of Immokalee and wanted a better life for their son. Abarca said that when his father was
not pleased with his grades, he would take young Jesus along for a day of labor to motivate him to do better – and it worked.

That much is clear. Along with Shoemaker as an unofficial TIF mentor, Abarca has had an official mentor in Joe Zednik, chairman of the TIF board of directors. To Abarca, Zednik is “Papa Joe,” and the affection is mutual.

“Jesus is a wonderful young man,” Zednik said. “I am honored to know him. He is hard-working, dedicated to his family, his community and certainly his work. He’s just in every way a remarkable young man. He’s certainly had his adversities in life, and he has fought straight through them. He’s outgoing, does a great job of communicating, and if there’s anything I could do for him I would do it. It’s a privilege to know Jesus and to be a part of his life.”

Take Stock in Children is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides students with the promise of a two or four year
scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school upon graduation. Students must maintain good grades, stay drug and crime free, attend required workshops and events, meet weekly with their TIF mentor, and volunteer in the community.

The Immokalee Foundation provides a range of education programs that focus on building pathways to success through college and post-secondary preparation and support, mentoring and tutoring, opportunities for broadening experiences, and life skills development leading to economic independence.

To learn more about TIF, volunteering as a mentor or for additional information, call 239.430.9122 or visit www.immokaleefoundation.org.

Steven Kissinger, executive director of The Immokalee Foundation, can be reached at Steven.kissinger@immokaleefoundation.com.

WHEN A GALA IS HELD ONLY ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS, YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

Naples Players

14-18 YEAR OLDS IN “LEGALLY BLONDE”

So when the lights go up March 22 for “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” fans of live theater will be watching dozens of performers from the Naples Players adult and youth programs entertain them throughout the evening.

“The opening number will be 14 to 18 year olds performing ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ from Hairspray, and they are just sensational,” says Delores Sorey, co-chair of the fundraiser with Dylan Sanders.

The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. inside the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Resort ballroom, where a gourmet and extremely creative four-course dinner will be served along with special select wines.

Former Naples Players Executive Director Jim Rideoutte and his wife Chris, serving as Honorary Co-chairs, will be recognized that night for all their work over the years.

Cathy Christopher is auction chair, joined by committee members Bunny Brooks, Lois Selfon, Paul Sagherian, and Paula Weatherburn-Baker. Jay Baker returns as the special auctioneer. The Live Auction will include a Tauck Tour on the Danube, an exclusive New York trip, and a Chef ’s Table dinner at Avenue5 for 30!

FABULOUS AUCTION COMMITTEE FOR “THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS’ ( BUNNY BROOKS, NOT PICTURED)

FABULOUS AUCTION COMMITTEE FOR “THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE
SHOW BUSINESS’ ( BUNNY BROOKS, NOT PICTURED)

William Boyajian, owner of Port Royal Jewelers, has created a special piece for the auction as part of his Steven Leonard Award Program. “William is incredibly generous to his community and has created a special ring with a two-carat diamond and star logo, which reflects the star in the KidzAct logo. It’s truly special for many reasons.”

Prior to the gala, a Patron Party will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. during the KidzAct Showcase Weekend.

Students ages 4 to 18 will perform for 30 minutes, and afterward guests will enjoy lunch prepared by Chef Brian Roland from Crave Culinaire. Valet parking will be provided exclusively to patrons at the Trulucks’ valet drive through with a parking pass as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be that morning.

The gala three years ago raised $500,000 for the Naples Players and KidzAct, which made a huge difference to the organization.
“We will not turn away any child for want of funds, and the gala is the means by which we can keep our many opportunities open for these young theater enthusiasts, says Megan McCombs, KidzAct Director.

“We are so grateful for this support so we can keep producing quality arts education for our kids.”

Tickets are $350 for the gala and $500 to also attend the Patron Party. Contact Delores Sorey at 239.263.2673 or SoreySan@aol.com, or Dylan Sanders at 239.216.4356 x58325.

Time for SPRING BREAK and EASTER VACATION

Owners of Naples Air, Inc. Jon and Catherine Fay

Owners of Naples Air, Inc. Jon and Catherine Fay

by Catherine Fay,

Owner and VP

ADVERTORIAL

Winter came late to the Northeast and the Midwest this year and I must say we had our share of cold snaps here in Naples too. It was a little too cold for some of us but spring will be here before you know it with spring breaks and Easter just around the corner.

When the family up North wants their beach time, Naples Air Inc. is here to make it happen. We would love to fly your family and
friends to sunny Naples to catch some rays and surf. Our Citation II jet, operated by Private Jets Inc., is ready for any trip with seven or fewer passengers.

Imagine telling your family that they can skip the long lines, the delays or cancelations, the airport changes, crabby agents,
and sick fellow passengers – all those things that are courtesy of the scheduled carriers! We have clean airplanes, pleasant crews, hassle free bookings, and on-time departures when you charter with our company.

While your family is visiting, they may want another change of scenery. We can make that happen too. We can fly your guests to
enjoy some island time in the Bahamas or Grand Cayman. Or, how about a day trip to Key West, or a two-day trip with an overnight in Orlando with the grandkids? Naples Air Inc. has the planes for all these trips and we make it easy for you.

Remember the thousands of flights cancelled or delayed in late January with the major airlines because of the snow in the Northeast? We have only had two weather cancellations in the past 14 years. We’re proud of our track record and hope you agree that it’s pretty impressive.

Snowbirds, as you plan your retreat to your summer home, talk to your friends and see if they’d like to share a flight with you!
You probably know others here in Florida who reside in the same vicinity as your summer home – why not team up, and split the cost of the charter? Everybody is happy — you have a relaxed and easy trip north while looking forward to a summer of lakes, boating, summer picnics and time with family.

Naples Air Inc. and Private Jets Inc. can be reached at 239.403.4838, www.NaplesAirInc.com and on Facebook.com/Facebook.com/NaplesAirIncNaplesAirInc

Call us today. “Where can we fly you today?”