By Kelly G. Cooper
Naples Children & Education Foundation
The season of fun has begun! The trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) are excited to announce that the Naples Winter Wine Festival, featuring over 30 of the world’s most distinguished wineries originating from 12 wine producing regions, will be held once again on the beautiful Grand Lawn of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort for its annual auction and Sunday brunch. With the support from the Naples Winter Wine Festival, NCEF has developed into a special resource for our community and support system for charitable programs, which concentrate on narrowing the gaps in basic services for the children of Collier County. Raising over $146 million since inception in 2001, attendees and donors alike have made a profound difference supporting our local youth. With this year’s proceeds NCEF will have the ability to continue supporting programs that significantly influences the quality of life to over 200,000 underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.
Commissioned Specifically for Auction You can make a difference too and engage in the exclusive art auction featuring Eric Forstmann one of the country’s leading contemporary artist in realism and still-life whose works hang in celebrity homes and prominent collectors such as, Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty and Kevin Bacon to name a few. Forstmann was asked to commission a piece of art specifically for the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival auction and he graciously accepted. “I am thrilled to participate in the Naples Winter Wine Festival, an organization that does so much for children in need. The painting I made for the winning bidder is my small way of saying thank you for the enormous generosity and support that so many people lend to this event.” Intentions, is a one-of-a-kind 24” x 32” oil painting on board that draws inspiration from Forstmann’s “intention” to help raise funds for Collier County’s children in need. Not only will you have an irreplaceable work of art, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a celebrity dinner knowing your proceeds benefit local charities that assist at-risk youths and underprivileged children.
Save the Date Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity where you will have the ability to revel in gourmet food prepared by celebrity chefs, world class wine from prestigious vintners and go home with matchless treasures. Naples premier Winter Wine Festival will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort on January 27 – 29, 2017. It is time to plan your social calendar around this exquisite event as tickets often sell out prior to the RSVP deadline. Reserve your ticket now and contact Barrett Farmer at 239. 514.2293 or barrett@napleswinefestival. com. Please visit www.napleswinefestival.com to learn more about the event itself and the remarkable impact the Naples Children & Education Foundation has had making a significant and sustaining difference in the lives of children in Collier County.
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