NAPLES — Winemaker Tim Moore beat skin cancer several years ago. Sadly, he was told earlier this year that cancer has returned, and he is now battling Stage 4 brain metastases.
Moore and his wife, Diane, own Inspire Moore Winery in Naples.
The recent diagnosis prompted the Moores to do research that led them to one of the best brain cancer oncologists from New York University to receive monthly immunotherapy treatments in New York City. Those treatments are scheduled to continue for a year.
The treatment and his brain cancer have many side effects that have caused the Moore family many challenges in their daily lives.
“Tim and Diane have raised five children, all of whom have been an integral part of the Naples fabric,” said Suzanne Farley, a close friend and owner of Artizanns Gifts Shop in downtown Naples.
“A number of friends have organized a major fundraiser for the Moores to help cover the numerous medical expenses related to the treatment plan. As Tim and Diane have hosted many local and national musical acts at the winery, it’s only fitting that an event be held to spread the joy, love and gratitude which is so valuable during their battle for health and life,” Farley said.
More than 75 volunteers and numerous wineries, breweries, restaurants, shops, artists and individuals have donated beverages, vacation trips, overnight stays, art and collectibles to be auctioned off at the Sunday event.
Farley said other highlights of the event include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, numerous food trucks, wine and beer bars, T-shirt sales, an open bluegrass jam from 3 to 5 p.m., and live entertainment from White Woods and Mozaic Foundation.
Several local winemakers have created a signature, limited wine in honor of Moore named Resilience, along with some local breweries that created a limited edition of beer in cans called Moore Beer.
The Crush Bus will shuttle people from the Inspire Moore Winery parking lot to the Parish Hill Barn, where parking also is available.
Tickets are available in advance at Roots Cafe in Naples, the Inspire Moore Winery, Artizanns and Joseph’s Wayside Market or at the event for $20. Cash is preferred, but credit cards are accepted.
To read more about the family and their fight against cancer, go to Caring Bridge or check out Facebook at “Moore Time for Tim Moore.” For information about the Sunday fundraiser, go to Facebook Timothy Moore and Family Event.