Editorial: Naples Winter Wine Festival

The event's attendance is not geared toward the poor — or even those with modest incomes. With tickets to lavish, gourmet dinners in some of Naples' finest estates and fine wines going for many thousands of dollars, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is an episode of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." February's wine festival set a record, raising $5.7 million of the $13.7 million that the event has generated in its four years.

Yet, the money raised amid all the high-society trappings is geared toward the poor — and other worthy causes.

The truth of that is brought home by yet another multimillion-dollar awards ceremony of festival proceeds to 18 nonprofit organizations whose common theme is children. From Naples to Immokalee, the organizations work on children's health, literacy, protection and guidance.

Those who used their talents and bounty for this good work are hereby congratulated. A toast to you all.

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