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Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Creates Campaign to Aid California Wildfire Communities


Wine Country Wildfire Relief Donations to be Distributed by Direct Relief

BUELLTON, CA.– The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is asking the local winemaking community to fund a campaign which will provide aid to the winemaking communities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Working with Direct Relief, a medical relief organization headquartered in Goleta, 100% of funds raised will be distributed throughout the affected area through California’s Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department, and more than 40 health centers and clinics in the tri-county region.

“Our hearts go out to the hundreds of families who have lost their homes and jobs because of the devastating wildfires in northern California,” said Sanford winemaker and president of the Vintners Foundation, Steve Fennell. “We want to do whatever we can to offer emergency relief now and also help these communities recover and get people’s lives back on track.”

“We hope everyone in our community can contribute something,” continued Mr. Fennell. “If everyone contributes a little, we can make a big difference in the lives of families who have lost so much.” Contributions to the Vintners Foundation wildfire relief fund can be made at www.directrelief.org/sbvintners

About the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is the charitable umbrella under which Santa Barbara Vintners conducts its philanthropic work. Through the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, Santa Barbara Vintners contributes to the community through local charitable and scholarship organizations with proceeds from its fundraising activities.

About Direct Relief 

Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries. It works with more than 1,000 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need.  Most recently, Direct Relief has provided medical relief for those communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the Mexico Earthquakes. Direct Relief’s work earns wide recognition from independent charity evaluators, including a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, the No. 1 spot on Charity Navigator’s list of the “10 Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of,” and inclusion in Fast Company’s list of “the world’s most innovative nonprofits.”



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