Naples Winter Wine Festival 2020 Raises over $20 Million for Children’s Charities breaks auction record
Over the last 20 years, a blend of wealthy bidders and ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ deals helped the Naples Winter Wine Festival to brought in more than $191 million to change the lives of local children. Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) 2020 shattered its previous record and raised more than $20 million for its founding organization. This is the highest amount ever raised at a U.S. charity wine auction which brings the total raised in the history of the event to $212 million.
Over 700 guests, including comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, pro golfer Greg Norman and TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin, gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., to celebrate the festival's 20th year. Thanks to a yacht-sized lot that sold for $1,050,000 and other jaw-dropping bids, Saturday's live auction raised $15.5 million, surpassing last year's $13 million. Since its inaugural event in 2001, the festival has raised over $212 million for the children of Collier County, Fla., through the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF).
All proceeds from the auction will go to the Naples Children and Education Foundation, a charity which supports at-risk and underprivileged children in Florida’s Collier County.
Organisers said, the lot was created to celebrate 20 years of the NCEF. Also, there was an online-only auction, which ran until 28 January.