Culverhouse's Wine Collection Up for Auction in Support of Sarasota Church

The Giving Coast

Sarasota County developer and attorney Hugh Culverhouse Jr. is donating more than 300 bottles of top-rated wine from his personal collection to an auction, with proceeds going directly to the Church of the Redeemer’s ministries and outreach program. The online auction will open on Monday, February 26th, at noon, and will conclude on Thursday, February 29th, at 11:45 pm, providing an opportunity for wine enthusiasts, philanthropists, and community members to come together to support the Church of the Redeemer. Featuring exquisite reds to elegant whites, a majority of the wine available for purchase has received ratings 95 or higher. Wines receiving a perfect 100 rating by wine critics and publications are often regarded as among the best in the world. The auction also offers several cases from the renowned California winemaker David Abreu, with some rare vintages retailing for more than $1,000 each. Starting bids for the wines range from $20 up to $1,250. For more information about the auction and wines available, visit https://www.redeemersarasota.org/wineauction/. In addition to donating this collection of fine wines to benefit the Church of the Redeemer, Culverhouse recently donated $500,000 -- marking the largest non-capital campaign donation in the parish’s 139-year history. The Church of the Redeemer, deeply rooted in Sarasota’s history, traces its origins to 1885, with Col. J. Hamilton Gillespie as one of its founders, who would later serve as the City of Sarasota’s inaugural mayor. The church has grown to nearly 3,000 members, making it the largest parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and among the largest in the country. Hugh Culverhouse Jr., serves as CEO of Palmer Ranch Holdings Ltd in Sarasota, leading the 15,000-acre master-planned community for nearly three decades. Beyond his role in business, Culverhouse’s philanthropy has resulted in tens of millions of dollars to various community causes, higher education, mental health, and social welfare initiatives.  Culverhouse’s career includes serving as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, overseeing cases for the Southern District of Florida, and as a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in its division of enforcement. After his tenure in public service, he transitioned into private practice and community development. Holding degrees from the University of Florida in Business Administration and Law, Culverhouse completed an MBA program with a focus on corporate finance at New York University. He has also received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation, demonstrating his commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards in financial matters.

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