Yesterday I saw a gentleman buy a car for $750,000 . Then not long after another gentleman bought a car for $900,000. Now I am a native born and raised Detroiter so I like my cars but I don’t every remember a Saturday afternoon like this one. This is The Naples Winter Wine festival where people come together to make a difference – a big difference – in the lives of children in our area. By my score keeping at our table yesterday this year’s auction was one of the best yet.
What I would like you to know however is not all about the auction, but that the Naples winter wine festival goes beyond the glitz and pampering reported in the news. Far beyond. To parts of our world not often reported. Sure the festival is a lot of fun for all involved but what is sometimes missed is the amazing work enabled by these efforts.
Want to go after early childhood learning and make a difference? Check that box. What about helping out with child health care or mental health issues? Check. What about after school time? Check. And a really unbelievable challenge for this part of the world – childhood hunger. Check that one too. We all partied like rock stars to be sure but oh how this will help out the kids.
Some of you might be thinking hey wait a minute are we talking about Naples, Florida? Is there really a need for all of this in an area so abundant in affluent lifestyles? You may find it hard to believe but one third of the children here live below the poverty line. Or did you know the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the country is based here building over one hundred homes per year? Or thousands of kids each year need and receive mental health counseling and treatment – thousands. Over one hundred non-profits have sprung up to help in the largest county east of the Mississippi. Example after example of humans reaching out to other humans to help. This is the magic of the festival.
I will wait for the official tally but my notes tell me the Naples Winter Wine Festival (http://www.napleswinefestival.com/) may be approaching $120,000,000 raised over its lifetime to go after these very tough, tough issues – a no joke financial juggernaut aimed at helping children. See the Naples News this morning for their great article on the event at http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jan/25/winter-wine-festival-million-13-children-collier/
We enjoyed bringing it all to you tweeting our way during the action and blogging our thoughts at night – but remember the really important thing – sure this festival gets a lot of notice for its extravagance but boy oh boy does it deliver the cash for some very deserving young American citizens in need of help.
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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