Guadalupe Center unveils ‘astonishing’ auction packages for Jan. 19 gala

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Guadalupe Center has unveiled seven auction packages available at Elevate, the nonprofit’s signature fundraising gala being held Jan. 19 in Naples. 

Auction lots feature exclusive experiences, culinary masterpieces, top-shelf wines, spectacular sightseeing excursions and more. 

“Every year, our generous sponsors and supporters offer incredible auction packages full of exclusive, luxurious experiences, and offerings at Elevate will be simply astonishing,” said Dawn Montecalvo, president of Guadalupe Center. “These are the kind of cultural immersions and exclusive experiences that you only see on TV, but a few patrons will have opportunities to enjoy themselves.” 

“Elevate Endless Possibilities” will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón at 2600 Tiburon Drive in Naples. Tickets are $750 per person and include dinner, cocktails, student performances and speeches, a live auction and the Jump Up for Education, an interactive call to action in which attendees can make donations and jump up in support of Guadalupe Center. 

Proceeds from the auction and our gala support life-changing educational programs for more than 1,750 students annually in Immokalee. 

Auction packages for Elevate include: 

Exceptional Wines 

Each member of Guadalupe Center’s Board of Trustees contributed a bottle of wine that is meaningful to them in some way. Selections include bottles from the Harlan Estate, Gamble Family Vineyards, Cardinale, Far Niente Cave Collection, Rudd Oakville Estate and more. 

– Arranged by the Guadalupe Center Board of Trustees 

European River Cruise 

Board a luxurious AmaWaterways river cruise ship to take in exceptional views in awe, allowing your eyes to feast on centuries-old architecture, rolling countryside and magnificent hilltop castles without a filter. The auction lot is a seven-night cruise for two. 

– Arranged by Preferred Travel of Naples and AmaWaterways 

Pebble Beach Vacation 

Explore the natural beauty of the Monterey Peninsula and delight in the sights and sounds of a luxurious private estate overlooking the ocean, aptly named Miraflores. The auction lot includes a five-night stay for six, including a round of golf for each guest at the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Club. 

– Arranged by an anonymous patron 

Elevated Experience at Barefoot Beach 

Enjoy an enchanted evening featuring fine dining with culinary creations from acclaimed chef Dustin Valette and exceptional wine curated by the evening’s gracious hosts, Debbie and Bill Toler, while overlooking the beauty of Barefoot Beach at the couple’s private home. The auction lot will be offered 20 times, allowing 20 couples an opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind celebration. 

– Arranged by Debbie and Bill Toler 

Iberian Peninsula: The Choice is Yours 

Gastronomy, shopping, culture and scenery… Experience historic Europe through visits to either Spain or Portugal. Both options are for two guests and include excursions, luxurious accommodations, culinary experiences and private transportation. The seven-night Spain trip includes overnight stays in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid, while the six-night Portugal trip includes stops in Lisbon and Porto. 

– Arranged by Preferred Travel of Naples 

Soak in the Lore at Augusta National 

Watch the final two rounds of the 2023 Masters Tournament just yards from the meticulously manicured, legendary fairways and greens of Augusta National Golf Club. Two individuals can enjoy a three-night stay in a private home or condominium while receiving daily transportation to and from the golf club. 

– Arranged by Guadalupe Center 

Napa Valley Wine Immersion 

Stay for four nights at the Gamble family’s expansive private guest home in Napa Valley, tucked into Gamble Family Vineyards in Oakville. Four couples will enjoy a personal and private tasting with owner and vintner Tom Gamble, who will share stories and history about Napa Valley, as well as estate wines paired with cheese and charcuterie.  

– Arranged by Gamble Family Vineyard 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Tammy Richelieu at 239-963-3668 or