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Style + Society

The Man With The Gavel

One of the event's founders, Denise Cobb, reflects on 20 years of soaring bids with auctioneer Humphrey Butler.

“We could have never predicted the impact this festival would have when we came up with it sitting around the Gargiulos’ living room 20 years ago. Brought together by a love for good wine and moved by the harsh realization that children in our county were seriously underserved, we threw out ideas as Jeff wrote on an easel. At the first Naples Winter Wine Festival, my husband, Brian, ‘Mr. Numbers,’ estimated we’d close with at least $1 million; we netted $2.2 million.

After that auction, we knew we had a star in Ann Colgin as our auctioneer, but everyone agreed the guy auctioning beside her fell short. Ann told us about Humphrey, and from the moment he stepped onto the stage at the second festival, and every year since, he has been a key to our success….”

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