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Tales of Adventure from the NWWF Auction Lots

The big winners of the Naples Winter Wine Festival auction tell us their stories of travels abroad.

  Children certainly are big winners of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. They will be again Jan. 25-27, when the annual event for tastemakers across the globe tops its former fundraising height of more than $176 million since 2011, to benefit at-risk and underprivileged children. But wait! What of those folks who attend, offering serious sums for sumptuous food, jewels, cars, trips and, yes, wine? They are winners, indeed. When the paddles are put away, the tent is down and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples once again is more about tees than tannins, those winners head off to places plenty of us will never see. But post-auction, the inspiring details they reveal about their experiences serve to share a bit of those winnings. Hearing about the seemingly coordinated migration of hundreds of animals on the African plains may restore our faith that not all creatures are a step from extinction. Both a new love and a friendship of a half-century are joys to contemplate, as is the way a little dog’s determination to run free connects the famous with the not-so-famous who live continents apart. A New View of the World Darlene Daggett enjoyed a high-profile career as president of U.S. commerce for QVC and president of Rue La La before she became a consultant for digital strategies and art collector and moved to Naples. Divorced, she hadn’t had any luck dating, but she figured she’d enjoy the sunshine and lifestyle of Southwest Florida. “I had come
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