2014 Wine Festival's $13.5 million one of event's top three totals ever

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Lot 16, a Rolls Royce, is won for $750,000 by Monte Ahuja, from right, as Usha Ahuja and Julian Movsesian celebrate with others Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Naples Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. A total of 550 guest came out to taste wine, win auctions and socialize for a good cause in the 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival. The three-day event, that concludes Sunday, benefited the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the charitable arm of the festival.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Lot 16, a Rolls Royce, is won for $750,000 by Monte Ahuja, from right, as Usha Ahuja and Julian Movsesian celebrate with others Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Naples Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. A total of 550 guest came out to taste wine, win auctions and socialize for a good cause in the 2014 Naples Winter Wine Festival. The three-day event, that concludes Sunday, benefited the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the charitable arm of the festival.

— Adria Starkey didn’t have a goal in mind when she started the day.

Instead, Starkey, one of this year’s chairwomen, said she just wanted to raise enough money to cover all of the requests the Naples Children & Education Foundation is expected to get in a year.

She may get her wish. The 14th Naples Winter Wine Festival raised $13.5 million Saturday.

“I am over the moon,” she said.

The 2014 event ranks in the top three festivals since 2001. In 2006, the festival raised about $13.6 million; the 2007 event raised more than $15 million for children’s charities in Southwest Florida.

Starkey said the final numbers show the economy is bouncing back, despite a rough week in the stock market. She said “last year was a big year” for festival-goers, and one rocky week wasn’t going to stop them from raising their paddles.

“A couple of crazy days aren’t going to change things,” she said. “They were here to support (the children).”

Anne Welsh McNulty, who co-chaired the event with Starkey and Linda Richards Malone, said the final tally shows donors are feeling good about the future.

“I think it means people are optimistic,” she said.

The event has raised $123.5 million since 2001.

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BonitaTango writes:

What are the tax benefits to bidding?
Perhaps we can put together a group of MickeyD's workers to participate next year!

MasonDixon writes:

in response to BonitaTango:

What are the tax benefits to bidding?
Perhaps we can put together a group of MickeyD's workers to participate next year!

The question is, what are the children's benefit if they don't bid?

If you can get any group to spend their own money for something like this program, then by all means, go for it!
Nobody is going to stand in your way.

Rainman11 writes:

Thank you bidders, the Children that benefit from this will be thankful for many years to come.

Thank you bidders, for making some of the children dreams come true.

Thank you bidders, for helping make Collier County shine.

Rainman11 writes:

Har... If you need to ask what the tax benefits are of bidding, you've never participated in a worth while charity.

Lets make it simple... if you want to save a dollar when it comes time to pay your taxes, you have to donate 3 dollars to save a dollar.

So, it costs you more money to donate than it does to just pay your taxes.

So, all of these people are heroes to the needy!!!!

volochine writes:

It is a welcomed event and great kudos should go out to the donors. I hope they will come back again and do the same thing next year.

But RainMan, these people make Collier County shine? No way. Do the math. Less than 1% of Collier residents went to these parties.

Your next statement, "All of these people are heroes to the needy" is a huge generalization. Do you know all the donors? I don't. But I got gambling hunch that at least one donor created a lot of needy people.

Most of them are nice, generous people. But RainMan should not generalize to make another short-sighted point.

Rainman11 writes:

in response to volochine:

It is a welcomed event and great kudos should go out to the donors. I hope they will come back again and do the same thing next year.

But RainMan, these people make Collier County shine? No way. Do the math. Less than 1% of Collier residents went to these parties.

Your next statement, "All of these people are heroes to the needy" is a huge generalization. Do you know all the donors? I don't. But I got gambling hunch that at least one donor created a lot of needy people.

Most of them are nice, generous people. But RainMan should not generalize to make another short-sighted point.

har... But RainMan, these people make Collier County shine? No way. Do the math. Less than 1% of Collier residents went to these parties.

hmm... the great City of Naples is where this event has taken place year after year. It does make Naples/Collier County shine.

har... Your next statement, "All of these people are heroes to the needy" is a huge generalization.

hmm... I should of said winning bidders, and yes, all of the winning bidders should be considered heroes to the children.

har... Most of them are nice, generous people. But RainMan should not generalize to make another short-sighted point.

hmm... whom is the A, with the short-sighted point here.

Myself or you, the word Nazi :)

ibestrait writes:

Wonder what the net available for distribution is out of the total? The Rolls and Lamborghini certainly weren't donated. Were they?

Beachbaby writes:

Anne Welsh McNulty, who co-chaired the event with Starkey and "Linda Richards Malone, said the final tally shows donors are feeling good about the future.

“I think it means people are optimistic,” she said."

As opposed to the Teapublicans in these comments who are forever predicting doom and gloom from this administration. And, as they tell us, if the rich are getting richer and richer it will all soon trickle down to the middle class and the poor. NOT!

They drool over a few wealthy donors who spend lavishly on the last "must have" status symbol toys, not realizing that it is their tax dollars which subsidizes these lifestyles created at the expense of low and stagnating wages and benefits for poor and middle class employees.

Rainman11 writes:

in response to Beachbaby:

Anne Welsh McNulty, who co-chaired the event with Starkey and "Linda Richards Malone, said the final tally shows donors are feeling good about the future.

“I think it means people are optimistic,” she said."

As opposed to the Teapublicans in these comments who are forever predicting doom and gloom from this administration. And, as they tell us, if the rich are getting richer and richer it will all soon trickle down to the middle class and the poor. NOT!

They drool over a few wealthy donors who spend lavishly on the last "must have" status symbol toys, not realizing that it is their tax dollars which subsidizes these lifestyles created at the expense of low and stagnating wages and benefits for poor and middle class employees.

Har... another misunderstanding PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL :)

Hmmm... now, I am not sure if the bidders and winners were republicans or democrats. What I do know is that lots of the items these wealthy individuals bought and used while here, will enrich our area. I believe that is one example of trickle down in action. Local people made money, local vendors made a little money, local employers payed local people to work at this event.

Seems to me, if they hadn't spent their money here, we would not see any of it.

So, count me in as one of the thankful that they chose to come to Naples, and donate to our poor and our needy.

Have you helped anyone today Beachbaby, or do you just have wealth evvy over their wealth.

SoSueMe writes:

Go ahead and wring the joy and good from this event if you want to. Me, I'll just say an attitude of gratitude is better. Thanks to those who made it happen.

keekee writes:

Good work and well done to all who are fortunate enough to participate.

Talk about “doom and gloom.” Why don’t you just hand out ropes with your speech, BB.

So tell me, world traveler and comfortable retiree, how did your personal good fortune and tax bracket keep me, middle class to poor tax bracket, down and out?

There is nothing more pathetic than coveting, whining or blaming all one’s troubles on other people’s money.

Beachbaby writes:

"There is nothing more pathetic than coveting, whining or blaming all one’s troubles on other people’s money."

Wrong. There is nothing more pathetic than blaming all your ills and misfortunes on those who have even less than you.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

It's amazing how the liberals in this forum vilify the wealthy at every opportunity for allegedly "not paying their fair share" in taxes, then turn around and also vilify the wealthy at every opportunity for how much they are donating to charity.

Hypocrites much?

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

For the liberals who seem so focused on the "tax deduction" questions as a way to criticize the people donating to these worthy causes, I would like to ask how many of them are aware that Obama took a deduction on his 2012 income tax return of a little over $150,000 for charitable contributions?

They're likely okay with that, even though Obama is admittedly a wealthy "1%-er" himself, because they share a political ideology with him.

AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016 writes:

in response to AmericasTrueRecoveryBeginsIn2016:

For the liberals who seem so focused on the "tax deduction" questions as a way to criticize the people donating to these worthy causes, I would like to ask how many of them are aware that Obama took a deduction on his 2012 income tax return of a little over $150,000 for charitable contributions?

They're likely okay with that, even though Obama is admittedly a wealthy "1%-er" himself, because they share a political ideology with him.

Just as a follow-up, the deduction of $150,034 in charitable contributions that Obama took on his 2012 income tax return represented approximately 23% of his reported gross income of $662,076.

That's almost a full 1/4 of everything that he reportedly earned last year.

I wonder how Obama's "donation deduction" ratio compares to that of the people donating to these worthy causes?

I'll wager that it's higher, and by more than just a little bit.

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