In a normal year, we would conclude our live auction with a request to help fund one or more of our seven strategic initiatives:
Early Learning | Healthcare | Hunger | Mental Health | Oral Health | Out-of-School Time | Vision
The need this year is more urgent than ever. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc on the communities we serve. Families who were living paycheck to paycheck suddenly have breadwinners out of work, and many children are leaving school to help their parents and siblings survive.
At the same time, our live auction lots have been reduced from sixty down to seven. Last year we raised $20 million from our live auction—money that was invested directly into our grant partners to fund our annual grants and strategic initiatives. Simply put, we are facing a potentially significant shortfall when it comes to meeting the needs of our community.
How important are those funds? Here’s a breakdown of the impact your contributions will have:
In real-world terms, the effects of your generosity are dramatic. Since the inception of NCEF, more than 95,000 vulnerable children have been provided with advocates and protection. Eight million meals have been distributed to children and families in need, and 34,000 children and their families are no longer hungry because of the meals they receive year-round. 87,000 children have received access to medical and healthcare services, and 34,000 pairs of eyeglasses have been prescribed and delivered.
This year, more than ever, we’re counting on your donations to help us make up our shortfall. We all know that children’s experiences in their earliest years affect how their brains work, the way they respond to stress, and their ability to form trusting relationships. We also know that emotional, cognitive, social and physical development are interrelated and influence each other, which is why all our initiatives are so crucial in providing a future for our underserved and at-risk children.
This is your chance to make a difference. The kids are depending on you.
Here’s how it works:
During the last lot of our Virtual Auction you will have the opportunity, while using the secure bidding app on your phone, computer or tablet, to enter a pledge of support at the amount you are comfortable. While our auctioneer will be suggesting bidding levels, you’re free to give any amount you like to help ensure a bright future for these children.
Every dollar raised will go to support NCEF’s annual grant recipients and seven strategic initiatives to focus on the wellbeing of the whole child. Your generous donation will help support our 2021-2022 grant cycle. We ask you to dig deep, give generously and remember:
Raise your paddle high! It’s ALL for the kids!
Caring Patrons of the 2021 Naples Winter Wine Festival