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Inaugural Wine Country Weekend Raises Over $1 Million

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Tim McGraw and Guy Fieri headlined multi day benefit to support brain health and wellness for veterans, first responders and healthcare providers

YOUNTVILLE, October 26, 2022 — GRAMMY award-winning singer and actor Tim McGraw partnered with renowned American restaurateur, Emmy award winning and Food Network star, Chef Guy Fieri to raise over $1 million at the inaugural Wine Country Weekend, held October 21 & 22, 2022 in the Napa Valley. Created in association with The Guy Fieri Foundation, The Neighbor’s Keeper Advised Fund, and The Tug McGraw Foundation, the event raised awareness and support for our nation’s veterans, first responders, and healthcare providers. 

Guests enjoyed two days of fun, beginning with Cabs, Culinary and Country at Silver Oak Wine Cellars in Oakville on Friday evening. This exclusive event featured culinary offerings from several noted chefs including Rocco DiSpirito, Aaron May, Antonia Lofaso, Domenica Catelli, Hunter Fieri, Crista Luedtke, Bobby Marcotte and Tracey Shepos, perfectly paired with Silver Oak and Twomey wines. Bids flowed at the silent and live auctions, followed by an incredible performance by superstar Tim McGraw with opening act, Napa’s own wine country band The Silverado Pickups. 

Saturday’s festivities included the Heroes BBQ as Chef Fieri prepared a BBQ feast to honor the residents of Yountville Veterans Home, as well as the healthcare providers and first responders of the community. Attendees were able to meet Fieri and McGraw as they helped serve the meal alongside the crew. Following the BBQ, guests were treated to the very entertaining Game for Heroes celebrity softball classic where McGraw and Fieri traded in their cowboy boots and chef coats for softball cleats and jerseys. The game was punctuated by two classic military helicopter flyovers, one with Vietnam veteran Geoff Carr on board who delivered the game ball with a surprise ball drop as a tribute to the all the veterans in attendance from WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm to Post 9-11. An instant classic, the game featured celebrities from sports and entertainment, as well as hometown heroes, including first responders, veterans, healthcare professionals, and sponsors who love the game of softball. Team Guy bested Team McGraw, but the fans were the ultimate winners of this friendly, fun, and competitive game.

All proceeds benefit The Guy Fieri Foundation, The Neighbor’s Keeper Advised Fund, and The Tug McGraw Foundation, to further their work with the nation’s heroes and vulnerable populations.

For more information and to support the cause, please visit winecountryweekend.org.

About The Tug McGraw Foundation

The Tug McGraw Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with debilitating neurological brain conditions such as brain tumors, mild-traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress. Founded by former Major League Baseball player and U.S. Marine veteran, Tug McGraw in 2003; The foundation drives progress through resources, connecting and fostering collaboration between military and civilian medicine, and sustainable brain wellness programs that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs to further brain health. www.tugmcgraw.org.

About The Guy Fieri Foundation

The Guy Fieri Foundation is a non-profit organization that was started in 2011 with a simple idea of teaching the next generation of chefs how to cook. Since then, the foundation has expanded to offer programs that support first responders in disaster locations, and celebrate our local heroes, military and veterans. The mission of the Guy Fieri Foundation uses food, cooking, and education to nourish, uplift, and encourage our communities. For more information on The Guy Fieri Foundation and its work please visit www.guyfierifoundation.org.

About The Neighbor’s Keeper Advised Fund

The Neighbor’s Keeper Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was founded by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in 2004 out of their desire to help people in need and encourage the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. Neighbor’s Keeper seeks to strengthen communities by contributing to diverse projects nationwide.

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