Naples annual car show raises $500,000 for St. Matthews House

Tray Ling

NAPLES, Fla.–Some of the world’s most expensive and exotic supercars were in Southwest Florida on Saturday.  More than 650 cars gathered in Naples for the 17th Annual Cars on Fifth event.  “We estimate that there’s going to be about $5 billion worth of cars out here today,” said President and […]

NAPLES, Fla.–Some of the world’s most expensive and exotic supercars were in Southwest Florida on Saturday. 

More than 650 cars gathered in Naples for the 17th Annual Cars on Fifth event. 

“We estimate that there’s going to be about $5 billion worth of cars out here today,” said President and CEO of St. Matthews House Van Ellison. 

The event is organized by the Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America. 

As per the name, the event takes place on Fifth Avenue, and stretched for several city blocks. 

All types of cars were able to be seen, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Lotus and more. 

It’s more than just a car show, though. The event raises $500,000 every year for St. Matthews House. 

“This is all about St. Matthew’s House. We raise money for them,” said Tom O’Riordan, President of Naples Ferrari Club. “It’s also a great day, beautiful day in Naples, some of the finest cars in the world from every single mark.”

This past year, St. Matthews House has been busier than ever thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To put it into perspective, in January 2020 the organization severed just 400 meals. 

In the first month of 2021, they served more than 7,300 meals to those in need. 

“The need is up so much this year, our budget is going to more than double,” said Ellison. “We live in a great place in SWFL where our neighbors jump in and make a difference.”

Attendance was capped at 12,000 people to help manage the spread of COVID-19.

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