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Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

Do you love luxury cars? Ever dream of seeing a Ferrari, Bentley or Porsche in person? You’ll have your chance on February 9th. That’s when the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 event takes place. Money raised from this event goes right back into helping the community.

Calling all luxury car enthusiasts. Come see more than 575 high end automobiles at the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 event. All money raised directly benefits St Matthew's House, who help the homeless and hungry in the Naples area.

What: Naples Cars on Fifth 2019
Where: 701 5th Ave S
When: Saturday, February 9th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: $20 General Admission (ages 12+), $40 VIP tickets
Contact: Ferrari Club of Naples (via email)

Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

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Since 2005, the Ferrari Club of Naples has hosted their annual Cars on Fifth event to showcase fine luxury automobiles and to help local charities. Since its inception, they’ve raised over $1,000,000. This year’s featured charity is the St. Matthew’s House. They help the provide food and clothing to the homeless and hungry in our Naples neighborhood.

Luxury dealers and individual car enthusiasts bring their very best automobiles to Naples Cars on Fifth 2019. You’ll see everything from Jaguar to Lotus, Bentley to Triumph and more. Ferrari promises more than 125 vintage and modern V-8s and V-12s, including brand new Spiders and 488GTBs. Not to be outdone, classic American muscle cars make an appearance as well.

After you take a look at the cars, visit the market. Here, you’ll find fine jewelry and artwork for sale. Want to accessorize your car? Need some service performed on your vehicle? Talk to vendors about show-only specials. Then, at 4 pm, listen to the symphony of sound as 575 cars start up at once and drive off the lot.

Tickets for Naples Cars on Fifth 2019

This year, tickets for Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 cost $20 per person for general admission. Kids under age 12 get in absolutely free. For a truly special experience, spend $40 for VIP tickets. Each ticket allows you access to the special VIP area, where some of the most exotic and highest priced automobiles are shown. In addition, you’ll be able to see the specially-designed Pininfarina boats. Each VIP ticket holder receives two drink tickets and access to private restrooms. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit the Naples Cars on Fifth 2019 website here.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019

What could make a delicious meal and a great glass of wine even better? Knowing that you’re helping underprivileged children at the same time. At the Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019, you do all of these things at the same time.

Enjoy fine wine, fabulous food, and a great atmosphere during the multi-day, multi-venue event known as Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019. Proceeds benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation.

What: Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019
Where: Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort (2600 Tiburon)
When: January 24th-27th, 2019
Contact: Barrett Farmer, Naples Winter Wine Festival (239) 514-2239 or via email

Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019

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The multi-day, multi-venue event known as Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019 features amazing food created by world-class chefs and some of the most tantalizing wines you’ll find anywhere. The event kicks off with a casual wine tasting and luncheon at The Vintage Cellar from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on January 24th.

On Friday, January 25th, meet some of the kids whose lives have been enriched by donations provided by generous people such as yourself who support the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Later that evening, enjoy a special Vintner Dinner. Chefs and vintners from all over the country pair up with various Festival Trustees in both private homes and other esteemed locations around the city.

Get ready to bid on some outrageous prizes at the live auction on Saturday, January 26th at the Ritz-Carlton. These include luxury travel packages, rare wines, and more. In fact, one of the wines to be auctioned off will be eight extremely rare Screaming Eagle verticals dating between 1992 and 1999 which are expected to fetch a record-setting price. After bidding is complete, join the Wine Down serving delicious food and wine with a healthy dollop of live music and dancing. The finale for the festivities comes at the Ritz-Carlton’s Celebration Brunch on Sunday, the 27th.

Online Auction Open Now!

In addition to the live auction on Saturday evening, bidding for the online auction is currently underway. You have until January 30th to bid on great prizes such as a private dinner party on Keewaydin Island, Collier County Sheriff-for-a-Day, private cruises, an all-inclusive four-night stay at Riviera Cancun, and a VIP stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Register for the Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019 online auction here. Then, view all of the things up for auction this year. Finally, make your bid. Good luck!

Naples Children & Education Foundation

Proceeds from the Naples Winter Wine Festival 2019 directly benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. This foundation supports charities that work with underprivileged Collier County children in an effort to improve their education, physical development, and emotional well-being. For the past 18 years, the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival has managed to raise over $160 million for local children in need.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019

Did you know that, across the country, approximately 40 million Americans are considered “food insecure”? Of those 40 million people, 12 million are children. Almost 40,000 live in Collier County alone. In a hugely successful country like ours, this is a travesty. One way you can help fight this issue is to join the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019 later on this month.

Help end food insecurity in Collier County one bowl at a time by attending the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019 on Jan 26th at Cambier Park.

What: Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019
Where: Cambier Park (580 8th South St)
When: Saturday, January 26th, 11 am to 2 pm
Admission: $20-$60 per person
Contact: City of Naples Parks & Recreation (239) 213-3058

Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019

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Dozens of local artists, teachers, potters, students, and volunteers design and paint hundreds of ceramic bowls specifically for the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019. Several chefs from some of the best local Naples restaurants prepare various soups for guests to choose from. Prominent community members line up next to dozens of amazing volunteers to serve this soup to the community at the event. All money raised goes directly to local Naples-Marco Island organizations that provide food to those in need.

Tickets for the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019

Until 12 pm on January 23rd, purchase an advance ticket for just $30 each. This grants you early access (10:30 am) to the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019. That’s an extra half an hour to view the Pay-N-Take Auction as well as early shopping at the on-site Boutique. Or, become a Friend of Empty Bowls for $60 per person. That gives you even earlier access to Empty Bowls Naples (10:15 am) as well as the Boutique and the Pay-N-Take Auction. In addition, you receive a special commemorative mini-bowl, you will be specially acknowledged at the event, and you’ll receive exclusive invitations to all workshops in the future. If you wait until the day of the event, tickets cost $20 per person and you will be allowed in at the 11 am general admission start time.

Whether you order your tickets in advance or make a last-minute decision to come, everyone is welcome to join the Empty Bowls Naples Fundraiser 2019. All donations are accepted and very much welcome. Together, we can end food insecurity in the US one bowl at a time!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction Now Open for Bidding

The Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction is now taking bids on several amazing prizes, including trips, personal chef experiences and more.It seems that you can get just about anything you want online nowadays.  Rare books, custom art pieces, even hard-to-find toys from your childhood can be located on the internet.  However, when you can help kids in need, there’s a meaning behind your purchases.  The Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction is now open for bidding.  Proceeds raised from the auction benefit local underprivileged children.

What: Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction
Where: www.BiddingForGood.com
Deadline: January 31, 2017 at 8pm EST

Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction

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The Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction brings even more amazing items and experiences to the public.  It’s hard to believe that this will only be its third year in existence.  No wonder Wine Spectator consistently ranks the Naples Winter Wine Festival as one of the most successful wine auctions in the US.  The online auction just enhances the experience of the live auction held during the actual physical festival.

Some of the items/experiences up for bid currently at the Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction include:

  • a chef’s tasting with wine pairings for two at Manresa,
  • an airboat tour of the Everglades for eight, including a catered lunch and personal tour guide,
  • a chef’s tasting with wine and kitchen tour for four at San Francisco’s Quince restaurant,
  • a private dinner for eight at Naple’s own Osteria Tulia,
  • a privately catered lunch and afternoon wine tasting for up to six people at Chef Nancy Oakes’ personal hilltop home in Healdsburg, CA,
  • a two night stay at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, including five course tasting menu and wine pairing at Twist, and
  • a three night stay at JW Marriott Marco Island for two.

As I stated above, proceeds from the Naples Winter Wine Festival 2017 Online Auction benefit local children in need.  How?  Through the efforts of the Naples Children & Education Foundation.  Since its inception in 2001, NCEF has provided educational, physical and spiritual programs to at-risk Collier County youth.  So visit often.  Bid high.  Have fun.

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