Wine Tasters of Naples will host its third annual charity event, titled “Under the Napoli Moon”, April 28, 6 P.M. at The Players Club at Lely. The theme of the event will be Italian-inspired and include wine tasting, Italian themed buffet, live music featuring The Songs for All Seasons Band along with other local guest entertainers, and a live and silent auction. Admission fee is $95 per person and is open to current members and guests as well as all residents of the community. Checks can be made payable to The Community Foundation of Collier County and mailed to Dan Leaman, Wine Tasters president, 5637 Whisperwood Blvd. #601, Naples, FL 34110.
Proceeds will benefit Youth Haven, St. Matthew’s House and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
Youth Haven is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children. They provide child abuse prevention and parenting education and support programs to at-risk families.
The mission of St. Matthew’s House is to provide housing for the homeless, food for the needy and an opportunity to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined.
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children’s mission is to lead the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
“I am delighted to be associated with a network of such fine people who have so generously supported our mission,” says Dan Leaman, president. “Helping local charities and businesses prosper during challenging times, while enjoying the many friendships that have evolved, has been a rewarding experience for me.”
The Wine Tasters of Naples was formed in 2007 by Dan Leaman, which then included some 17 members. Today its membership is over 500 people and boasts of a waiting list to join. The club’s mission is to bring together people who appreciate fine wines in a social atmosphere and to help local charities and local businesses prosper. The club’s activities include several weekly happy hours at various local restaurants and a monthly dinner/wine tasting party at a private home, hosted by a club member. All proceeds collected at these events are donated to various local charities.
Last year’s event more than doubled the inaugural amount for the local charities raising $90,000 dollars for charity. Each beneficiary received $24,000, and an additional $18,000 went to the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, as a result of generous giving by patrons during the live auction portion of the evening. Over 600 persons attended.