Flexjet to sponsor 2022 Naples Winter Wine Festival

By Doug Gollan, December 6, 2021

Fractional jet operator Flexjet is returning as a sponsor of the Naples, Florida, Winter Wine Festival Jan. 28-30, 2022

Flexjet is celebrating the return on January 28-30, 2022, of the Naples Winter Wine Festival. It is making a double donation. It is giving 15 flight hours in a Challenger 300 for the fundraising raffle. Then there are another eight flight hours in a Challenger 300 for an Auction Lot featuring a luxury holiday in St Barths. 

The ‘Rise Up Twenty Twenty Twogether’ Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the most prestigious and successful charity wine auctions. With the rise in popularity of private jet travel, this year is a fitting year for Flexjet to be a Festival partner this year, according to a press release from the company.

The wine selection at the Festival represents 13 wine producing regions, six countries, and three continents. Since 2001, it has raised nearly $220 million for the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) to assist at-risk children living in Collier County, FL. This is such a popular event, even when it went virtual in 2021, it raised $7.4 million for the foundation.

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“For the past 20 years, the generosity and money raised by this organization on the behalf of the children has really been inspiring for myself and for all of us at Flexjet,” said Flexjet CEO Michael J. Silvestro. “We are enthusiastically doubling down on our donation to do everything we can to raise as much money as possible for the children.”

This event attracts more than 500 wine enthusiasts, collectors, and philanthropists from around the globe. It celebrates world-class food and wine with over 20 vintners and 17 celebrity chefs for the weekend. Flexjet brand partners Darioush and Staglin Family Vineyards are among the wineries. The Festival has served more than 275,000 children since its founding. 

“Our exceptional 2022 raffle partnership with Flexjet will allow one lucky winner to travel in comfort along with up to seven additional guests anywhere in the continental United States aboard the Challenger 300 aircraft,” said Paul Hills, NCEF Chairman of the Board. “No more than 200 tickets will be offered for this exclusive charitable fundraiser, and every dollar raised will go directly toward supporting the mission of NCEF.”

Invitees have an exclusive opportunity to purchase Flexjet 2022 “Climbing Higher! Raffle” tickets which are on sale now. The winner will be drawn on the last day of the Festival. The winning ticket holder will enjoy 15 flight hours aboard an eight-passenger Challenger 300.

Guests can also bid on exceptional wines and curated travel experiences. Included is the “When Rêves Become Reality” lot. It features roundtrip private travel by Flexjet from Naples to St Barth’s for four couples on a Flexjet Challenger 300.

Naples Municipal Airport was the country’s 10th busiest private jet airport in 2020. Through June of this year, the airport had seen 35,702 private jet flights compared to 25,792 in 2019.

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