Naples Winter Wine Festival Unveils Scores of Lavish Auction Lots for 2017 

Wine Festival logo captureImagine having the chance to walk the red carpet at the Emmys , attend the awards ceremony as a VIP, and join the stars at the glamorous Governors Ball; jet set to India for a 10-day trip complete with custom-made saris and jodhpurs – personally fit by the tailor to the royal families – and dinner at the City Palace with a member of the royal family; and enjoy a private dinner with Chris Noth AKA Mr. Big of “Sex and the City” fame.These experiences and more will be up for auction at the 17th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

As part of the auction, guests will be able to claim rare gems from among the world’s best wines, such as a hand-painted 9-liter bottle of 1994 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red Wine (the equivalent of a full case of wine and the only bottle of its size from that award-winning vintage), delivered in a built-to-order presentation case. To add to the appeal of this item, the winning bidder will also enjoy a meal with the Harlan family in Napa Valley.

More magnificent opportunities await bidders in all corners of the world, such as a stay at Cuvee’sVue de Rêvesvilla in St. Barts, noted as one of the finest properties in the entire Caribbean; a 24-day journey around the world by private jet with TCS World Travel; and a trip to Barcelona and Ibiza, including dinner with Ferran Centelles, the longtime Sommelier at El Bulli – widely considered the most influential and imaginative restaurant in the world. bocce-court

Other coveted auction items include:

  • International cruise, wine, and television experiences courtesy of Robb Report, including the opportunity to drive and help select the 2018 Car of the Year, sail on a 10-day Crystal Cruise in a penthouse along the Danube, and the chance to sit in on a table read with the cast of “Modern Family.”
  • A weekend in Napa Valley with former San Francisco 49er’s owner and Hall of Fame member Eddie DeBartolo and other Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and Charles Haley, including an intimate dinner at Casa Piena – Policy Estate Vineyard complete with a bocce ball tournament with the players.
  • A whirlwind excursion to New York City with VIP tickets to a range of top shows, from “Saturday Night Live,” to “LIVE with Kelly,” to “The Today Show,” to the opening of “Anastasia,”and lunch with CNBC’s own Andrew Ross Sorkin.
  • A private dinner for 24 people hosted by the Duncan family of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, followed by a live performance by country music legend Darius Rucker and a rare six-liter bottle of 1986 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Additional bottles of the coveted winery’s finest wines will signed by David R. Duncan and gifted to the winner.
  • Trip by private jet to Italy’s Amalfi Coast for two couples, dinners at some of the region’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, and a collection of Lokoya’s best Cabernet Sauvignon bottles.

tcs_travel-map“We are thrilled to provide yet another year of wine, travel, and luxury experiences available nowhere else in the world,” said Brian Cobb, co-chair of the 2017 Festival. “It’s a pleasure to work with such creative, dedicated donors who meet our guests’ high standards while also selflessly contributing to the well being of local children in need.”

All the money raised at this auction will go to the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose annual grants have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. The Festival has raised more than $146 million for this cause since its inception.

Ticket packages to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, limited to 580 guests, start at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package is also available that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the tent. To inquire about tickets to the Festival, please contact Barrett Farmer at or 239-514-2239.                                   jaipur-city-palace

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




Living an Orderly Life get Professional Tips on November 16, 2016

Living  an Orderly Life

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1:00-2:30 PM

Collier County Sheriff’s Office Professional Training Center

615 3rd Ave Naples, Fl 34102

Living an Orderly Life is about making a plan, a blue print on how to optimize your circumstances. Planning ahead prevents poor decision making under duress and enables the most favorable outcomes to the areas of your life that are most important


Hear what local professionals have to say on these important topics


 cynthia-bock-hi-resCynthia Bock, Esq

Partner, Akerman LLP

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Cynthia Bock is a partner with the law firm of Akerman LLP in its Naples, Florida office.  Cynthia’s practice is focused on estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate, estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning and forming and advising nonprofit organizations. Cynthia is admitted to practice in Florida and New York and before the United States Tax Court. Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Orleans, a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School University, a Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from New York York Law School, and a Masters of Law in taxation from New York University School of Law. Cynthia is a Master Scuba Diver and avid orchid enthusiast.

Sandra Lee BuxtonSandra Lee Buxton

RN BSN MA  Health Care Advocate,  Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager

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Help others to help you

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Sandra Lee Buxton has worked for 30 years in the business of Healthcare Administration. This experience encompasses Acute, Chronic and Long Term Care. Specialties include Memory and eating disorders, chemical dependency and Psychiatry. The last 10 years have been in Home Healthcare Administration specializing in program development especially in the Healthcare Advocacy role. Sandra Lee and her husband Reg are active in the community and both own the magazine Life in Naples.

sonia-photoSonia M. Diaz, Esq Partner, Colemann Hazzard & Taylor, P.A. Attorneys at Law

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Sonia M. Diaz focuses her practice on litigation and dispute resolution. She represents businesses and individuals in a variety of matters, including but not limited to commercial landlord-tenant litigation, construction defect and lien litigation, complex real estate and personal property disputes, labor and employment disputes, probate litigation, business torts and general contract litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels. Sonia is “AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated” by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating an attorney can receive for their professional ethics and legal ability by their peers. She received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. Sonia is a Past President of the Collier County Bar Association (2014/2015), a member of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association, and was honored with the 2015 Leaders in the Law Award from the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Sonia is a member of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Class of 2012, is active with the Leadership Collier Alumni Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of Grace Place for Children and Families.

sd3a9942-1Lynn A. Ferraina Financial Advisor Ciccarelli Advisory Services, Inc

The Power of 5: building a 360 plan around your financial life

•  Purpose

Putting your house in order

Aligning goals to finances

Protecting your treasure chest

Building a team

Lynn A. Ferraina is a financial advisor and partner with Ciccarelli Advisory Services, a family-focused wealth management firm in Florida and New York.  Lynn provides personalized service and lifelong financial guidance to her clients. She is especially focused on assisting her clients with major transitions in their lives – facilitating the estate settlement process for a client who has lost a spouse or parent, helping a recent retiree prepare for retirement life, or showing people how to navigate the red tape when they relocate to Florida.  Lynn’s strong empathy for her clients’ needs enables her to assist them at all stages of their lives: not only the good times, but also the difficult times.

william-mcdonaldCommander William McDonald Collier County Sheriff’s Office

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CARE Program

Senior Connection

Commander William McDonald began his career with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1988. He started as a Patrol Deputy and completed assignments in Criminal Investigations and Narcotics Investigations along with serving as a Patrol Sergeant, District Lieutenant, Special Operation Commander and Patrol Division Commander. Commander McDonald is currently assigned to the Community Outreach Department where he oversees the agency’s Community Relations, Crime Prevention, Victim Services, Senior Services, Minority Affairs, Volunteer and Auxiliary components. Commander McDonald is a graduate of Barron Collier High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from International College. Commander McDonald is a past member of the Hodges University Criminal Justice Advisory Board and AMI Kids – Big Cypress board of trustees.




Lighthouse of Collier invites you to attend their Signature Event November 14, 2016

Robin Garcia

Robin Garcia

The greatest fear next to the fear of dying, for many, is that of losing our eyesight.  Imagine going blind or having any vision loss. Imagine not being able to read or see the ones you love.  Who would help you learn how to socialize, navigate, communicate and feel safe in a sighted world? Who would help you cope and to feel confident that you can live a healthy and productive life?

As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, the Lighthouse of Collier, formed in 2009, is truly making a difference by helping more than 1,300 children and adults who are blind and visually impaired enjoy a more productive life. The mission of Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. (LOC) is to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers. Our vision is to be the best, most reputable, and dependable provider of information and services to those who are blind and visually impaired. We want to be sure our clients, despite their disability, have access to all the things that others who are not visually impaired have access to.

It is our main focus to empower our blind and visually impaired clients to be independent through experiences, education and socialization, leading to an enhanced quality of life for them and their families. Our core services are essentially divided into two categories; Adult Program’s and Children’s programs.  The Adult programs teach safe, independent navigation, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, socialization & communication skills and braille, while preventing social isolation and ensuring those who want to work have been given the proper training to resume their current employment or gain employment.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThe goal for our clients is for them to regain or gain independence while feeling safe in a sighted world. Accomplishments and joys such as shopping, dining, attending and participating in recreational activities are a right, not a privilege, for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Lighthouse programs incorporate Life Enrichment Classes for Blind and Visually Impaired adults designed to improve and expand the lives of students young and old.  Such classes may include continuous arts and crafts classes to improve dexterity (which is important in learning Braille), exercise classes and lectures that focus on fitness and wellness, field trips and music enjoyment.  This will provide our clients the opportunity to become part of a peer community and learn from the experiences of others who may have similar issues that go with vision loss.

The Lighthouse of Collier children’s summer camp program has grown over the years and has made a significant difference in the lives of the campers who are blind and visually impaired, their families and their caretakers. Program continuation and expansion is vital in order to grow at a rate to keep up with the ever so growing need for services in Collier County. Our goal is to help these children learn socialization, educational and skill development while providing unique opportunities for them to have fun. Children who are blind and visually impaired need to experience as many real life events as possible through art, sports, field trips, and through contact with their environment. These types of activities encourage creativity, independence and enhance awareness of sports and other physical activates, aiding in their self-esteem, body coordination and sensory training.  Getting involved in summer camp helps them to realize that they, too, can participate and enjoy the same activates as their sighted friends.

Lighthouse of Collier enrolled 25 children, in their 7th annual 4 week summer camp. During the camp, children experienced interacting with other children who are blind and visually impaired, enjoyed community activities and field trips, learned about public safety, visited local attractions and participated in activities at such places as: Naples Botanical Garden, Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center, Naples Art Association, Home Depot, CREW Nature Walk, and The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, all of whom have collaborated with Lighthouse of Collier to provide these services free of charge to our summer camp participants. In addition, activities that took place at the Girl Scout House location during summer camp include picnics at the neighboring park, board games, crafts, talking computer classes, beep baseball, audible soccer and meeting and playing with new friends.lighthouse-001-collage-1

Lighthouse of Collier, a not-for-profit, is partially funded by the State of Florida, Division of Blind Services. Other supporters of Lighthouse services include the Naples Children and Education Foundation (founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival), the United Way of Collier County, The Special Needs Children’s Fund, the Ethel& George Kennedy Family Foundation and other private foundations and individual donors.

“Our success is measured in learning that a child is not afraid of going on school field trips after participating in our summer camp,” Executive Director, Robin Garcia commented. “It’s also measured by the child’s ability to confidently communicate and interact with classmates regardless of their sight limitations. Success is measured by the caregiver’s confidence in knowing their child is in a safe environment and having the opportunity to experience daily activities with other blind and visually impaired children & success is measured in the smile on a child’s face when a parent asks if they had a fun day. That’s the best indicator of success we know.”

This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the qualified staff and over 40 volunteers that work with the children during our summer camp program, an additional 20 during our events and 10 that assist with office work.

Please support Lighthouse of Collier by attending the 2016 Signature Event: Strings Under the Stars on Monday, November 14, 2016, from 6-9 PM at the Vineyards Country Club.  November 14th will bring us magnificent music, comradeship, great food and an opportunity to meet world renowned violist and conductor, Max Rabinovitsj.  The highlight of the evening will be the Master classes by Max Rabinovitsj.  Ticket price is $200 and reservations can be made online through Eventbrite: or call 239-354-0143.


Bascom Palmer Eye Institute announces “For Your Eyes Only” Brunch

Dear Naples Friends,

Guest Speaker Dr. Nina M. Berrocal M.D. Professior of Clinical Ophthalmology

Guest Speaker Dr. Nina M. Berrocal M.D. Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology

We are excited to introduce to you, a new series for women beginning Fall 2016. Our friends at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples (BPEI) will be hosting a series of events just for women focused on the health of the eye called “For Your Eyes Only”. This first time event will be a brunch hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort on November 1, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and it is our hope that you will join us.

Bascom Palmer is thrilled to announce that Dr. Nina M. Berrocal, M.D. Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology with Bascom Palmer and specialist serving our Naples community will be our guest speaker of this first time event. Dr. Berrocal is also the Medical Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service at Bascom Palmer caring for the youngest of patients as well as treating adults with various vitreoretinal diseases. This brunch will be an informative series about the health and overall care of eyes from infant to adult as well as an amazing opportunity to hear from Dr. Berrocal on her experiences.

Please join us on November 1. As the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, it is a 501 (c) 3 organization and global leader in medical education, committed to vision research and clinical care. It’s an incredible resource we have right here in our community. Individual Brunch Ticket – $100

We hope to see you there, to place your reservation call:                                                                                                                                            Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples

                                                           239.659.3986 or email

Kind Regards,

Sandra Lee Buxton, Chair

Colleen Murphy, BPEI Naples Advisory Board Member

Sponsorship Opportunities

For Your Eyes Only” Sponsor – $2,500 (1 available)

·         Podium sponsor – logo displayed on speaker podium

·         Company name/logo including in brunch program and press releases

·         Verbal recognition at the brunch

·         Prominent name recognition on event signage at check in

·         Opportunity to provide a goody bag item

·         6 seats at the Brunch/premier seating nearest the podium

Visionary Sponsor – $1,000

·         Company name/logo including in brunch program and press releases

·         Verbal recognition at the brunch

·         Prominent name recognition on event signage at check in

·         Opportunity to provide a goody bag item

·         4 seats at the Brunch/premier seating nearest the podium 

Friend of Bascom Palmer Sponsor – $500

·         Verbal recognition at the brunch

·         Prominent name recognition on event signage at check in

·         2 seats at the Brunch

 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Naples

“For Your Eyes Only”

On November 1, 2016 ●

10 am – noon

Ritz Carlton Beach Resort






While taking a walk in our neighborhood at Kensington Golf and Country Club in early August, I saw a stray cat lying in the driveway of a home I knew was empty for the summer. She appeared to have a severe head injury. I went home and brought back some food and water. I fed her for several days, eventually realizing she only liked dry cat food. After about a week of my visits, I was surprised to find she had moved 4 young kittens near the food and water source. I knew she needed medical help, so I called the Humane Society. The Humane Society let me know that they could take the mother and the kittens if she was friendly –otherwise they would only take the kittens. Domestic services said they would trap and take the kittens to the Humane Society, but not the mother cat. After many phone calls to every animal rescue I could find, I spoke to Gwen at “Camp Many Paws.” Camp Many Paws is a 501c non-profit organization whose goal is to ultimately put kind and friendly cats into loving homes. They also help to reduce the feral cat population in Naples with a trap, neuter, and release program.

14049959_1472257486.4341Gwen came out to assess the situation and set up a humane trap. We put food in it, but by nightfall, “Mama Cat” was still not trapped. I dismantled the trap once it was dark,for fear of trapping her during the night and leaving the kittens unguarded. The next morning Gwen came out again,and it was decided that it was best to take the kittens, who were about 3 weeks old, to a foster home and hope to catch Mama Cat while retrieving the kittens. We tried to use one of the kittens to lure Mama Cat into the trap, but had no luck. Gwen took the kittens home to feed them and I reset the trap with dry cat food. I then got into my car and prayed non-stop for about 20 minutes. Then I heard the trap spring shut and saw that Mama Cat was in the trap. I sat on the ground next to the trap for about an hour waiting for Gwen to return. I spoke quietly to Mama Cat and she remained calm. Gwen picked her up and took her to the vet for treatment of her wound. She was also given strong antibiotics. She was reunited with her kittens and, as the pictures show, she is improving and the kittens are doing well! Gwen named her “Kensey” since she was rescued at Kensington.The kittens will be available for adoption in a few weeks. We are hopeful that “Kensey” will be able to find a “fur-ever” home as well.

Camp Many Paws is a small organization that does a lot of great and humane work in our community and really needs financial support. Please consider a donation to help Kensey and her kittens as well as other deserving felines. If you can foster or adopt a cat please call them. Their website is and their contact number is 239-438-2963.

Lee Pinto R.N. C.F.N.
President AVOW Women’s Board
Avow Board of Directors