The Naples Children & Education Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to 43 local nonprofit agencies that help improve the lives of at-risk children in Collier County.

The funds are raised from the annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, the signature event that was started in 2001 by the foundation and to date has raised more than $212 million.

The wine festival event Jan. 25 held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples raised $20.5 million.

“The 2020 Naples Winter Wine Festival was a record-breaking event with our largest attendance ever and generating the highest proceeds in our 20-year history,” Joe Masterson, grant committee chairman in 2020, said in a news release.

“We are proud that every dollar raised under the tent of our live auction goes right back into the community, improving the lives of the county’s most vulnerable children,” Masterson said.

Agencies that receive grant funding help disadvantaged children in Collier achieve improved physical, emotional and educational well-being for better futures. . . . read more here

Liz Freeman – Naples Daily News (March 23, 2020)