Hip Mobility: What Does It All Mean?

by Paula Allia PT, DHSc, MTC, OCS

by Paula Allia – PT, DHSc, MTC, OCS

Hip pain is something that many people experience. Whether it is a sport injury, trauma, or wear and tear over the course of a lifetime, taking care of the hip is pertinent to the activities of daily living.

The hip itself moves in three different planes of motion and functions as a ball and socket joint. It is the anchor of the leg to the torso via the pelvis region. This most proximal joint of the leg can flex-extend, rotate in and out, and movement sideways in and out.

Do to the significant role the hip plays in life and locomotion large muscles work in concert to support the joint while allowing the propulsion through motion for the activities that each person performs.

What is it that causes hip pain? More importantly, what can someone do to understand their own hips and help it succeed and avoid the slow failing and breakdown of the joint. It is not uncommon that one may strain the hip and the doctor takes an x-ray and the joint has arthritis. How did that happen? Why does that happen?

Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage at the ends of bones. In the case of the hip, the thigh bone (femur) has hyaline cartilage at the ball of the joint. This cartilage when healthy has a shiny appearance to it. It has resilient properties, less friction and can usually handle the natural compressive forces of everyday life.

There are variations in the angle of hip joints. Some people can cross their legs comfortably while others cannot. The angle of the hip joint guides the rest of the leg in many instances. Some people have the perfect average biomechanical angles in not only the hip but the knee and ankle as well.

Without trauma, these joints can last and arthritis does not become a factor. Some joints cause the legs to turn in while others cause the turn out position. The hip joint also has a capsule, ligaments, and synovial fluid. Each part of the joint plays a role in the stability of the joint while allowing mobility and extensibility.

When the muscles work together in a healthy joint, the biomechanics work to keep the ball centered properly and this avoids wear and tear.

The problem is that abnormal or excessive joint angles can, over time, cause malalignments and thus changes in the muscles flexibility and strength alter the mechanics even further. Working with the hip joint and providing it with proper prompts to strengthen and stretch are key to keeping the joint healthy with normal function.

If this has already been altered, new mechanics have to be considered when exercising or performing in functional activities. This joint should never be forced.

There is a capsule surrounding the joint that sometimes get altered and this may allow a tightness or a hypermobility in one direction that can throw the whole mechanics off. Stretching this capsule is tricky and then requires neuromuscular re-education to get it to be aware along with the muscles and ligaments to work together.

It is not uncommon to have malalignment issues in the hip joint. An example of this is when someone demonstrates poor posture. The upper back rounds more and the person then leans forward sending the hip joint more forward than normal. This can stretch the front part of the hip capsule and actually cause tightness of the capsule’s back side.

Performing core exercise and being aware of proper positioning can help to decrease these faults. Specific exercises are designed depending upon the faults present.

In summary, the hip joint should be naturally centered and with the right coordination of muscles firing, the joint is guided in motion so that minimal excessive compression occurs. It is when this system fails that the joint can start to move more in one direction or another. Engaging the right muscles in combination with the right stretches can help to counter and deter the degeneration process.

Here’s to your health!

If you would like to find out more about this topic, please call Paula @ Fitness Together at (239) 263-9348.

Art After Dark – April 2020

Seasons tend to help mark time during a year and vary fromcoast to coast. Southwest Florida basically has very subtle seasons throughout the year. This time of the year, however, it’s a little more obvious with the mass exodus of visitors and parttime residents heading back to the North where Spring is in full swing and they go looking for the weather that was here for thepast 3 to 6 months.

Those of you who are remaining have the opportunity to experience the many things that brought us all down here offering shorter lines and a chance to eat at our favorite restaurants again and shop at our favorite stores and galleries to see if they have that ”special something” item we’ve been thinking about getting!

Crayton Cove in Old Naples is one of those rare places. It has some of the best restaurants, a few even located with a view on the Naples Bay, as well as a handful of the most charming specialty shops and galleries representing over 30 Florida artists, some of them residing here in the Naples area for the last 45 years or more, creating paintings of some of Naples’ most beautiful views to enjoy on a daily basis.

This is a great place to spend time walking around and checking out the boats on the city dock anytime, but if looking for a festive cultural event to participate in, save the date of Sunday, April 5th to attend the Art After Dark show of “Scenic Florida”, featuring some of Phil Fisher’s newest works, opening that night from 5 to 8pm at Guess-Fisher Gallery & Phil Fisher Gallery, 810 12th Ave. S., Naples, where 8th St. S. & 12th Ave. S. meet at the flagpole by the Bay.

ESPN Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas To Headline 31st Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will headline the 31st Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Banquet.

The annual awards presentation, which recognizes the achievements of Collier County’s best scholar athletes, will take place on Thursday, May 21st at The Naples Grande Beach Resort in North Naples.

Bilas, 56, has been a color commentator and studio analyst for ESPN since 1995. He was a four-year starter at Duke University,vplaying for legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski and helping to leadvthe school to the Final Four and National Championship game inv1986.

Bilas later served as an assistant under Krzyzewski for three seasons from 1990 to 1992. He also earned his law degree and is a practicing attorney in North Carolina and was a game analyst for CBS on NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament coverage from 2003-10.

The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award began in 1990 at the Collier Athletic Club as a vision to recognize the top senior scholar athlete from each of the high schools in Collier County.

The first award was presented to Terry Dean of Barron Collier High School at a banquet featuring sportscaster Dick Vitale. The Winged Foot Scholar Athlete Award has become the most prestigious award a high school student can receive in Collier County.

Each of the public and private high schools nominates its best senior scholar athlete. Finalists receive a $5,000 scholarship. The winner, selected by a panel of Winged Foot Committee members and local citizens, earns a stunning trophy and $10,000 scholarship.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and awards presentation to follow at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $275 per person. A number of sponsorship opportunities also are currently available. All proceeds from the banquet go toward the scholarship program. For further information, call 239-262-7171.

Major Sponsors of the 31st Annual Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation Awards Banquet include Barron Collier Jr. Foundation Inc, The Lutgert Companies, Gallagher Lutgert Insurance, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Grant Fridkin Pearson, PA, IBERIABANK, and Dr. Charles Karpas.

David Lawrence Center Hope and Healing

David Lawrence Center (DLC), Collier County’s leading non-profit mental health and addiction recovery treatment center serving children and adults, will honor three individuals and businesses for their contributions to support the advancement of DLC’s comprehensive treatment services.

The 2nd Annual Celebration Reception, will be held later this Fall at the Naples Historical Society’s Historic Palm Cottage and will honor The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF), Jerry Nichols and First Florida Integrity Bank for their investment in providing hope and healing to those in need.

#StandUp Award

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will be honored with the #StandUpAward for their significant investments in the Center’s expansion in the areas of children, adults and family crisis support. RMSFF provided grant funding for the expansion of the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit and the construction of the new Children’s Outpatient Building. Additional grants funded triage and referral managers in the Access Center and the Immokalee satellite office, a nurse navigator to work with children and families as well as additional staff time for the supervising physician and emergency services clinician in Acute Care services to enhance the individualized clinical time focused on each person’s unique treatment and support needs.

RMSFF was created by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up— in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, health and medicine.

Jerry Nichols

Advocate of the Year

Naples-based philanthropist, Jerry F. Nichols, a senior vice president for Brown & Brown Benefits and a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, will be named Advocate of the Year for his four decades of steadfast support of many local nonprofit organizations focused in the areas of education, children and veteran services.

Nichols’s advocacy efforts, specifically in the areas of children’s services, have helped shape the Collier County community. At David Lawrence Center, his generosity assisted in funding the new Children’s Outpatient Building, aptly named the Jerry F. Nichols Building, and expanding the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit.

In addition to his personal donations, Nichols has also been instrumental in securing corporate philanthropic support from his employer, Brown & Brown Benefits, by sponsoring DLC fundraising events.

arrett Richter, President
and CEO of First Florida
Integrity Bank

Partner of the Year

First Florida Integrity Bank, a community bank headquartered in Naples, will be named Partner of the Year for their commitment to shaping Southwest Florida neighborhoods and engaging with neighbors through community giving and action.

Through the bank’s Charitable Foundation, they fund locally-based organizations focused on children’s education, health and wellbeing.Through Project Donation, the bank also matches employee’s personal contributions to assist local families facing overwhelming circumstances or hardships. In addition, the bank provides substantial support to local nonprofits through event sponsorships, donations and volunteer efforts.

First Florida Integrity Bank has sponsored DLC’s Sound Minds Mental Health Symposium, Gala and Young Executives events for many years.

Mary Beth Geier, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Florida Director

“The foundation and board understand the challenges that people (especially children and their families) with mental health issues face. We are proud of our relationship with DLC and the opportunity to help both DLC and the community grow stronger. We are honored to accept this recognition as we truly value the work DLC is doing in Collier County.”

Celebration Receptions sponsors to date include Healthcare Network of SWFL, Brown and Brown Insurance and Cigna, PK Studios and Studio+, and Park Royal Hospital.

For more information, visit DavidLawrenceCenter.org or contact DLC at 239-354-1445 or donorcare@dlcmhc.com.

2020 Marks the Official 19th Anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

But Did You Know We Can Trace Its History Even Longer?

Project HELP is Collier County’s Certified Rape Recovery and Victim Service Center providing free and confidential trauma services to victims of sexual assault, violence, crime and sudden loss of a loved one.

As we are approaching Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we want to share the following: Even before its official declaration, SAAM was about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.

Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence, it’s clear why: It’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem, and they always have.

From the civil rights movement to the founding of the first rape crisis centers to national legislation and beyond, the roots of SAAM run deep. As long as there have been people who care about making the world a better place, there have been individuals advocating for sexual assault prevention.

In the United States, movements for social change and equality began to gain traction in the 1940s and 1950s with the civil rights era. Although open discussion of the realities of sexual assault and domestic violence were limited at these times, activists for equal rights began to challenge the status quo.

Efforts during this time were championed by women of color. Advocates like Rosa Parks worked at the intersections of race-based and gender-based violence (a framework that years later in 1989, advocate and professor Kimberlé Crenshaw would call“intersectionality”).

Wide social activism around the issue of sexual assault continued into the 1970s, bringing with it support for survivors and heightened awareness.

The first rape crisis center was founded in San Francisco in 1971, the same city where the first U.S. Take Back the Night event was held seven years later.

The following decades mobilized survivors and advocates to call for legislation and funding that would support survivors, such as the Violence Against Women Act of 1993 (VAWA). Monumental changes like VAWA demonstrated that national efforts promoting sexual violence prevention were needed.

Even before SAAM was first nationally observed in 2001, advocates had been holding events, marches, and observances related to sexual violence during the month of April, sometimes during a week-long “Sexual Assault Awareness Week.”

Project HELP, Inc, Collier County’s Rape Recovery and Victim Service Center was established in 1986, and is committed to providing services to victims in Collier County. Statistics demonstrate that these healing services are crucial to the individuals whom we serve.

  • Every 73 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).
  • About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
  • From 2009-2013, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 63,000 children a year were victims of sexual abuse.
  • A majority of child victims are 12-17 years. Of victims under the age of 18: 34% of victims of sexual assault and rape are under age 12, and 66% of victims of sexual assault and rape are 12-17 years.

The history of SAAM has shown us that, no matter what, those who want to end sexual assault and abuse will always find ways to advocate for awareness and prevention. Looking forward, we can be sure that SAAM will continue to grow and adapt, reaching even more audiences with the message that a world free of sexual assault and abuse is possible.

Project HELP works with dignity and compassion to ease the pain of those who have been affected by rape, violence, crime or loss of a loved one. Contact the office line at 239-649-1404. The Project HELP CrisisHelpline is available 24/7 at 239-262-1404.

Lucky Ducks

Firefighter Jerred Hoover.

We all need a bit of good news now and then and this heartwarming story fits the bill.

Recognition and kudos going out to Naples Fire-Rescue Tower Company 2 for their animal rescue in Venetian Bay. Firefighters Jerred Hoover, William Thornton and Lt. Steven Kofsky came to the aid of a family of ducks that were in distress.

A call was placed after 15 ducklings were found to be stuck near a seawall in Venetian Bay while the mother duck paced anxiously nearby. Upon arrival the First Responders were greeted by concerned citizens who had tried to no avail to aid the family by placing plywood on the rocks. They had hoped by giving the ducklings a ramp they could make their way out of the bay.

Firefighters Hoover and Thornton assessing the situation.

Assessing the situation Firefighter Hoover commandeered a kayak on the dock and, with the help of a net and bucket, successfully retrieved all 15 ducklings. The ducklings were then reunited with their mother and relocated across the street to a large pond.

Our community’s First Responders are wonderful and compassionate, looking out for lives big and small.

Dabbawalla Dining Delivered

While in Mumbai, I observed the process of the”Dabbawalla,” meaning “one who carries a box.”

Since the late 1800s, people prepared hot food for their families in their homes and place the lunch box outside their front door. Then the magic happens, it is picked up and later place on the expected person’s desk.

Ready for this, there are over two hundred and fifty thousand meals delivered daily. A network of people pickup the lunchboxes and deliver them to the train station for Mumbai.

It is fascinating to watch the rhythm of the men working, similar to a choreographed dance.

Once arriving in the city, lunchboxes are distributed and placed on bicycles to be hand-delivered. Amazingly, with almost one hundred percent accuracy, less than one mistake per six thousand deliveries. The lunch is carried in a “tiffin”, a multi-tiered metal cylinder box placed in a canvas bag.

There are no addresses or names on each bag. Four codes of colors and letters are used as identification. Rigorous and tight guidelines are demanded. The Dabbawalla is predominantly from one faction, the Varkari sect, and related to each other. It is a lifetime position that requires reliability and memory for correct distribution.

The group has an initiation fee equal to five months’ earnings but is a career for life. There are almost five thousand Dabbawalla members.

The Dabbawallas speak a unique language called Marathi. They are committed to their Hindu faith, the sect was formed by ancestral saints.

India holds the Dabbawallas in high regard for their strict work ethics. Their lives are demanding because of the struggles of their work requires exceptional organization, memory, concise timing, and pride in success.

Logistics sounds simple, but is it? Thousands of tiffin’s are picked-up around 8:30 am, delivered to offices between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and returned to the original home by 2:30 pm.

The Dabbawallas wake up at 4:30 am, go to each home for pick-ups, transport by train to Mumbai and deliver by bicycle and return.

You quickly observe and understand why there is no one with any body fat.

Most lunches are made by the woman of the house for her working family. For widowers and single people, they can simply ask a Dabbawalla to start their service. Restaurants offer takeout lunches for pick-up also.

The cost of daily delivery is only about fifty cents per tiffin.

With sixteen million people living and working in Mumbai, imagine the congestion on trains. Crammed with thousands of people with these men carrying a metal delivery shelf on their heads, tensions can build.

Some of the loads may be as heavy as one hundred fifty pounds. Subsequently, after several squabbles with fellow passengers, the trains added two more cars exclusively for the Dabbawallas.

Delivery success has brought many companies to study their methods, including UPS and FEDEX. Just don’t get in their way, please!


2020 Is All About Patient Care

by Paul Hiltz

Patient care is a key pillar of our healthcare system and a primary focus for NCH this year.

Not only are we making this a great place to work and a great place to practice medicine, but the best place to be a patient.

A great example of that mindset is demonstrated by the NCH stroke team led by Dr. Khalil Abu Awad, who recently treated a 103 year old stroke patient. Our stroke team’s care and attention throughout the process are exactly what we mean when we say it’s all about the patient at NCH.

Our healthcare system, which was named among America’s 250 Best by Health grades for the third year in a row (2018-2020), also believes that technology is a key element in patient care. In fact, we recently added three germ-zapping robots to their facilities to help with quality and cleanliness.

Xenex Light Strike Germ-Zapping robots, operated by the Environmental Services (EVS) team, are portable and are used to quickly destroy microorganisms in rooms such as ORs, ICU, and other areas of the hospital where patients are at high risk of infections.

The robots are not used as a substitute for a regular, manual cleaning of a room, but rather as a tool to enhance the disinfection of a space. Environmental Services staff will clean the room like they normally would, then they’ll bring the robot in to bathe the room in light to kill germs in all of those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

Here’s how it works: The robot emits intense bursts of pulsed xenon ultraviolet C (UV) light that quickly kills germs, viruses and bacteria. The process has been proven effective against the scariest pathogens like the Ebola virus and anthrax, as well as the more common germs like MRSA, C.diff, VRE & CRE germs, norovirus and the flu virus.

The robot works in five-minute cycles and can be moved around a room to send beams in all directions. Hospitals using Light Strike robots have published numerous studies reporting dramatic reductions in hospital infection rates.

In fact, one hospital reported a 100% decrease in surgical site infection rates after using the robot for room disinfection and published its results in a peer-reviewed journal.

Whether it’s about attention to the individual or attention to how we provide our services, NCH Healthcare System is and always will be a community organization dedicated to helping individuals live longer and healthier lives. And that mission statement can’t be fulfilled without emphasizing patient care. In fact, this is why we are all in this industry – to care for people.

It’s is my personal mission to continue emphasizing care of the patient and care of our community. From doctors to robots, I’m proud to say that we at NCH have kicked off the new decade with a laser focus on patient care.

Paul Hiltz is the President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System, an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and Southwest Florida that offers nationally recognized, quality health care to our community. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.

Etiquette – You’re Invited! Now What? – Manners for Mixing

by Evelyn Cannata

With all the fantastic social and business events in Naples, we’re amazed to sometimes witness the many faux pas committed by even the most sophisticated event-goers.

Let’s look at behavior basics to abide by to ensure success for you and your host.

  • You’ve been invited to a dinner or party; it’s customary to bring a gift for your host or hostess, as a way of showing gratitude for having made the shortlist of guests out of all the people they know.
  • RSVP. Why don’t people RSVP? It has, unfortunately, become quite common. It is impolite to leave your hosts hanging. They need to know so they can plan food, seating, refreshments, and more. When you receive an invitation, please respond ez s’il vous plait.
  • Please arrive on time. Arriving late does not show importance but disrespect instead. But don’t arrive 30 minutes early either!
  • Check the dress code. If you’re unsure of the difference between cocktail attire and dressy casual, check with a friend or you can consult Google. In general, choose elegance over sexy.
  • Have a little something to eat before you go. Please do not pile the food on your plate. You can go up again (two being the limit), remembering not to use the same plate.
  • There may be an open bar but try and stay within the two drink limit.
  • Please do not over do the requests for selfies.
  • Remember to avoid politics, sex and religion. Keep discussions positive and no more than five to 10 minutes.
  • Turn your phone off or put it on airplane mode. Avoid staring into the cell phone in your lap while ignoring the guests at your table. The only thing in your lap should be your napkin.
  • Say goodbye to your host and thank them again and try not to be the last one to leave.

See you at the next event, “Cheers”

NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL Raises More Than $20 MILLION During its 20th Anniversary

The 20th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival came to a grand finale raising over $20 million for underprivileged and at-risk children of Collier County, a record-breaking number.

This brings the total amount raised by the NWWF to more than $212 million since its inception in 2001.

Festival attendees came together under the tent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort to bid on 61 once-in-a-lifetime auction lots, including wine lots from some of the most revered vineyards across the globe. The Festival opened with a special performance by Kool & The Gang.

Other celebrity attendees included comedian, Sebastian Maniscalco, TV personality, Judge Judy and PGA golfer, Greg Norman, who was so moved by the cause that he generously gave back by supporting an auction lot that included golfing with fellow PGA golfer, Jack Nicklaus.

This year’s top lot was When the Majestic Meets the Mediterranean, a one-week Mediterranean cruise for five couples aboard a 201-foot super yacht, which went for $1,050,000. Additionally, the two first edition automobiles, the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Convertible and 2020 Bentley Flying Spurs, went for $550,000 and $500,000 respectively.

On the-spot donations supporting this year’s Fund a Need brought in contributions of over $4 million to support NCEF’s seven strategic initiatives focusing on the whole child. These include early learning, healthcare, hunger, mental health, oral health, out of-school time and vision.

Additional auction highlights included: $600,000 for A Royal Affair– Two couples won a 14 day journey across India’s seven cities. After a luxurious overnight in New Delhi, the couples will visit the City Palace at Udaipur and sip afternoon tea with the Royal Family. Continuing to Jodhpur, guests enjoy cocktails and dinners with the Maharaja of Jodhpur and tour scenic gardens. Folkloric experiences follow in Jaisalmer, while tiger safaris command attention in Ranthambore. With three nights in Jaipur, the couples tour the City Palace and the intriguing “Pink City,” dine with royalty and experience Diwali, the festival of lights. The journey concludes in Agra, home of the iconic Taj Mahal.

$520,000 for The St. Barths Vibe avec Cuvée – Four couples will spend five nights at Cuvée’s new villa, Vue de Rêves, a private, ocean-hugging masterpiece in St. Barths with panoramic views and exquisite design. Activities include a catamaran cruise with a private chef, a private cooking lesson at Eden Rock’s culinary school and an in villa dinner prepared by Cuvée’s private chef. With five Masteren suites on four different levels, the villa features thoughtful details and amenities, such as a wine cave carved into natural stone and afire-meets-water infinity pool terrace.

$500,000 for Making Megawaves – Four couples will decide which sea to see for their one week cruise aboard the luxurious Motor Yacht Gitana. A floating hotel, the 158-foot Gitana features five posh cabins, a plunge pool and 10 member crew, including aprivate chef to prepare gourmet meals for the guests. A wonderful collection of Bodega 202 wines will be onboard for the couples’enjoyment.

$480,000 for Win an English Triple Crown – Two couples will spend 11 nights in the United Kingdom with VIP admission to Wimbledon and the British Open, among a trio of amazing destinations. The couples will receive Wimbledon Club Debenture tickets, featuring Centre Court seats for the men’s and women’s finals in singles and doubles competition and access to player and celebrity lounges. The couples will also work on their own game with a private,90 minute lesson with John McEnroe and Stan Smith. The couples’ next stop is a 16th century estate for three nights before the final jewel of the trip, VIP tickets to the British Open.

$480,000 for In Vegas, It’s All About Performance– One lucky couple won the all new, mid-engine Corvette Stingray Coupe or Convertible, customized to their specifications with the amazing Corvette Configurator. The winners will also invite another couple to join them for two nights in Vegas, where one guest learns all about Corvette handling and capabilities at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. At night, the couples settle into four VIP stage seats at the table next to Lady Gaga’s piano for her incredible Vegas show on May 16, 2020, complete with backstage access and a meet and greet.

$400,000 for Gargiulo Vineyards 20th Anniversary: Naples, Nashville and Napa – Two couples won a Naples to Napa fine wine and dining experience, along with a musical side trip to Nashville. The experience starts with a special dinner for up to24 guests in the new Club Room at Campiello, Richard D’Amico’s restaurant in Naples, with a tasting of Gargiulo Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. With three nights in Nashville, the couples join Valerie Boyd, Jeff Gargiulo and their musical friends for music, food and fun. In Napa for four nights, the couples join the festivities at the Gargiulo Vineyards annual harvest party, featuring nonstop entertainment. The couples receive a Double Magnum of three fabulous Gargiulo Vineyards Cabs and three Magnums of its 20thAnniversary Commemorative Cabernet wine upon release.

$300,000 for Soaring Through a Winter Wonderland– The White Turf horse races headline the wintery Alpine adventures for two couples during one week in Switzerland. The couples spend three nights at the luxurious Kulm hotel in St. Moritz with a helicopter sightseeing flight. Guests will indulge in the glitz and glamour of the White Turf horse races, a unique equine festival on a frozen lake. The couples receive exclusive access to VIP lounges, the viewing terrace and dining area. Then it’s a scenic train ride in a First-Class cabin aboard the Glacier Express to the Matterhorn for three nights.

The Festival kicked off with an intimate Vintage Cellar Wine Tasting & Luncheon led by world-renowned wine critic Antonio Galloni of Vinous featuring Domaines Barons de Rothschild. Guests tasted vintages from Château L’Évangile, Château Lafite, Château Duhart-Milon and 2018 “R” de Rieussec.

This year, the Festival honored Chef de Cuisine Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio and Honored Vintner Saskia de Rothschild of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). The night before Saturday’s Live Auction, more than 20celebrity chefs, over 30 world-class vintners and 20 of the world’s elite Master Sommeliers paired off to prepare exquisite dinners atthe stunning homes of Festival Trustees and some of Naples’ iconic destinations.

About the Naples Children & Education Foundation

The Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founding organization of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is improving the educational, emotional, and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children. Through its annual grants and strategic initiatives, NCEF has impacted over 45 of the most effective nonprofits in the community, providing 275,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. NCEF’s unique approach, which emphasizes collaboration between organizations and bridges public and private resources, has become a blueprint for how to transform a community, one issue at a time.

About the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, offers a weekend of unforgettable memories. Guests enjoy worldclass food and wine during intimate 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 inaugural event in 2001, the NWWF has raised more than $212 million, making a profound difference in the lives of thousands of children.