Naples Winter Wine Festival Announces 2016 Chairs and Theme

BY May 6, 2015

The Naples Winter Wine Festival this week named its 2016 chairs and announced the event’s theme, “Great Expectations.”

Tom and Sandi Moran are returning to co-chair the festival and will be joined by Jim and Laura Dixon. They are all trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), the nonprofit that administers and oversees the festival’s proceeds, which support the physical, educational and emotional lives of Collier County’s at-risk children.

The Morans, well-known area philanthropists, are the first couple to co-chair the event two years in a row.

The 2016 festival will be held Jan. 29-31, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Organizers dubbed it “Great Expectations” in anticipation of the world-class wine, food and auction items to be featured there, as well as for the promise of raising millions more for local children.

“Our remarkable co-chairs bring a wealth of experience, creativity and passion to everything they do, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2016,” Maria Jimenez-Lara, chief executive officer of NCEF, said in a statement. “The money raised at the Naples Winter Wine Festival has a lasting impact on the children who need our help the most. We couldn’t do what we do without the talents and resources of our co-chairs and trustees.”

Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $135 million for the foundation, which has awarded grants to more than 40 nonprofit organizations that have impacted the lives of more than 200,000 children.

Ticket packages start at $10,000 per couple and are limited to 580 guests. A $25,000 package is also available that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the tent. For ticket information, contact Barrett Farmer at or (239) 514-2239.


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