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The Online Auction

Since 2015, the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s online auction has raised more than $2 million for Collier County kids. Here are eight top lots you can bid on at from Jan. 21 through Feb. 1.

BY January 1, 2022
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Chic Chi-Town Getaway

Luxuriate in a weekend of wining and dining in Chicago, where you’ll check into the landmark The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue. From your plush enclave on downtown’s Magnificent Mile, you’ll be perfectly positioned for sightseeing and shopping before nightly dinners at James Beard Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian’s French-inspired Brindille and her coastal Mediterranean restaurant, Kostali by Naha at the hotel. Of course, with in-house tarot readings, a rooftop curling court, boozy tea parties and other whimsical diversions at the hotel, you may not want to leave the property. 


A Personal Soundtrack 

Pen your song with the help of award-winning singer-songwriters Monty Powell and Anna Wilson, who have composed hit tunes for country artists, such as Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. Through their new Milestones sessions, the musicians work with you—either in their Naples studio or virtually—to develop a personal recording to mark a special occasion.


Golf with the Pros  

For $10,000 per person, you land a coveted spot at NCEF’s Golf Fore Kids Pro-Am tournament, in which you play with PGA pros at the storied The Old Collier Golf Club in Naples. You’ll start with lunch on the course, followed by a clinic and an 18-hole tournament, where you’ll play with all the pros. Cap off the celebration with a fab dinner at the clubhouse for you and a guest.


Opus One Feast  

Food and wine shine as art for this Napa Valley dinner at the legendary Opus One winery—founded by two of the greatest names in wine: Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi. Winemaker Michael Silacci may lead the experience, including a private visit to the Grand Chai cellar overlooking the barrel room and a multicourse dinner with wine pairings and views of the estate vineyard. To mark the occasion, winners walk away with a signed bottle of the 94-point 2015 Opus One.



An Italian Feast 

Naples’ go-to party planner Margaret Short and private chef Sebastian Mazzotta host a dinner for 12, inspired by Italian opera composer Gioachino Rossini, who is known for relating the art of dining to music. Short works with audio-visual team Artistic Science to turn the winner’s home into a stylish musical wonderland for a four-course feast designed for the optimal visual and experiential impact.


Ten Thousand Islands  Excursion 

The team of conservationists and scientists at Conservancy of Southwest Florida takes you on a boat tour for four, starting with a stop at Keewaydin Island, where you’ll get an inside look at the Conservancy’s loggerhead nesting research site. Then, you’ll cruise on to Marco Bay for fresh seafood at local favorite Snook Inn. Take in the sights, with osprey, great white egrets and roseate spoonbills wading nearby and flying overhead. If you’re lucky, dolphins will be playing in your wake as your ecologist guide educates you on all things Ten Thousand Islands.


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Courtside Access

Four of you board a private jet for a quick jaunt from Naples to Orlando, where you sit courtside at an Orlando Magic home game during the 2022 season. Along with the best seats in the house, you’ll get dinner at the swanky Fields Ultimate Lounge, near the team’s locker room, with a free-flowing selection of food and drinks.   


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Backstage with Thomas Rhett 

Four country music fans go backstage at a 2022 Thomas Rhett concert. Winners get a prime view of the show and meet the six-time Academy of Country Music Award-winning musician for a photo-op and signing.


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