2017-05-18 / Top News

‘All We Need is Love’ for 2018 winter wine festival

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

The wheels are in motion for the 18th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, set for Jan. 26-28, 2018, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Co-chairs are Becky and Lewie Card, Susie and David McCurry and Kathy and Dan Mezzalingua. All are trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the festival’s founding organization.

The theme for 2018 is “All We Need is Love.”

Since its inception, the festival has raised more than $161 million for NCEF, which in turn has awarded grants to more than 45 nonprofit organizations that have impacted the lives of more than 200,000 local children.

The Cards have always been committed to serving underprivileged populations in their communities. While living in Chattanooga, Mr. Card held leadership and board positions for the Urban League of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, the University of Chattanooga Foundation and The House of Refuge. Mrs. Card is a retired dentist and Mr. Card is chairman of Card-Monroe Corp., a manufacturer of custom-built tufting equipment for the carpet, rug and artificial turf industries.

The McCurrys have attended 15 of the 17 NWWFs and have served as NCEF trustees since 2009. Mrs. McCurry, who worked in preschool education and administration, has served on the NCEF grant committee for five years, chairing it for the past two years. A former professional football player, Mr. McCurry has coached sports and worked in education, serving on the board of The Naples Players and tutoring at St. Ann School. In Iowa, the couple supports charities including Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and Grinnell College Global Learning Program & Facilities.

The Mezzalinguas have been NCEF trustees since 2015. Their involvement is part of a lifelong dedication to advancing educational opportunities and providing health services for those in need. Together, they are the major donors for two K-11 schools in St. Kitts, West Indies. Mr. Mezzalingua has been a trustee of multiple higher education institutions, including Syracuse University, St. Bonaventure University and Ave Maria University; Mrs. Mezzalingua taught in Syracuse, N.Y., public schools. She is president of the Saint Agatha Foundation, which supports women suffering from breast cancer by taking on the costs of surgery, medication and treatment not covered by insurance. Mr. Mezzalingua developed and managed a family business that manufactured coaxial cable connectors for the cable TV industry with plants around the world. He had previously formed Octagon-Scientific Inc., which developed one of the first convertors for cable TV use.

Attendance at the Naples Winter Wine Festival is limited to 580 guests. Ticket packages start at $10,000 per couple. A $25,000 package includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the auction tent. For more information, call Barrett Farmer at 514-2239 or email barrett@napleswinefestival.com. ¦

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