BUELLTON, CA.– The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is asking the local winemaking community and supporters to fund a campaign which will contribute aid to local agencies working to provide relief to the thousands who have been displaced due to the Thomas fire. The Thomas fire, which has impacted residents in both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for the past 15 days, is the third largest fire in modern California history and fire officials predict that the earliest the fire will be fully contained is January 7th.
“Just a few months ago we came together to raise funds in support of our neighbors affected by wildfires in northern California and now here we are faced with the same crisis in our own community,” said Sanford winemaker and president of the Vintners Foundation, Steve Fennell. “In response to the many inquiries we have received from our supporters wishing to help, we have set up a wildfire relief campaign. The funds we raise will be distributed through organizations providing assistance to families impacted by the fire.”
“We encourage everyone to help spread the word,” continued Mr. Fennell. “We are so grateful for the generosity of donors that made the northern California relief effort a success and we hope to be able to provide the same level of support locally.” Contributions to the Vintners Foundation Wildfire Relief Campaign can be made at http://www.sbvf.org/wildfire-relief-campaign.html
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.