Ahead of Memorial Day and PTSD Awareness Month, the 2023 Frank for a Cause program will help American military veterans heal through service dogs
(May 17, 2023; Calistoga, Calif.)—Frank Family Vineyards’ Founders Rich and Leslie Frank are pleased to announce the Napa-based winery will continue its support of K9s For Warriors through 2023 as part of the winery’s ongoing Frank for a Cause charitable giving campaign. K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of trained service dogs for military veterans. This cause speaks to Frank Family’s inherent commitment and love for dogs and the American veteran community, and honors Founder Rich Frank’s late father, Hy, who proudly served in World War II.
In November 2022, Frank Family Vineyards raised $25,000 to support K9s For Warriors’ mission to end veteran suicide through the healing power of service dogs – saving two lives at once, our American heroes and shelter dogs. This year, the winery team is proud to be sponsoring their very own four-legged hero, Frankie, who will soon be an important element in a veteran’s road to recovery. This sponsorship will provide Frankie with the veterinary care, equipment, and training he needs to become a life-saving service dog for a veteran with PTSD.
“We are proud to continue our unwavering support of K9s For Warriors and enhance their efforts in transforming the lives of veterans in need,” says Frank Family Founder, Leslie Frank. “We believe in the powerful healing service dogs can provide to our nation’s heroes and are honored to sponsor our own service dog this year while helping raise awareness and funds for this important cause.”
To date, K9s For Warriors has graduated more than 875 K9/Warrior teams and rescued more than 2,000 dogs, saving them from a life of abandonment or euthanasia and giving them purpose by pairing them with a veteran in need. With most dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates collective healing and recovery.
The year-long initiative will continue with 20% of proceeds from Frank Family’s 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Frank for a Cause gift packages supporting the organization’s mission. The packages are on sale for $85 at FrankFamilyVineyards.com and include one bottle of the 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a matching cabernet bottle plush dog toy, and an exclusive Frank Family dog bandana. The winery will also implement nationwide involvement from their incredible network of retail and restaurant partners. Pop-ups in cities across the U.S. during July and August will help spread the word for this partnership with dog toy giveaways, puppy photo booths, and tastings and dinners featuring Frank Family’s delicious Napa Valley wines.
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support and generosity of Frank Family Vineyards,” says K9s For Warriors CEO Carl Cricco. “Their dedication to our mission has helped us provide life-changing service dogs to veterans suffering from invisible wounds of war, allowing them to return to a life of dignity and independence. We look forward to continuing our partnership and making a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes.”
In 2018 Frank Family Vineyards founded “Frank for a Cause,” an annual fundraiser that has raised funds to support local and national charities covering a variety of causes, from health research to hunger relief and animal welfare. To date, Frank for a Cause has supported seven national nonprofits and numerous local organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Feeding America, the Arbor Day Foundation, and many more.
For more information about Frank Family’s partnership with K9s For Warriors or to purchase Frank for a Cause packages, visit www.FrankFamilyVineyards.com/
About Frank Family Vineyards
Frank Family Vineyards has been a part of Napa Valley’s landscape for three decades. Founded by former Disney Studios President, Rich Frank, along with wife, Leslie, a former Emmy award-winning broadcast news journalist, the winery is dedicated to crafting exceptional wines with balance and memorable guest experiences. Consistently recognized as having one of the best tasting rooms in Napa Valley, Frank Family is considered one of today’s most successful California wineries. They are proud stewards of 380 acres of coveted vineyards spanning five estate properties, including their iconic Winston Hill Vineyard in Rutherford. While best known for their classic renditions of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, their world-class portfolio also includes méthode champenoise sparkling wines, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and more.
For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, please visit www.frankfamilyvineyards.com
About K9s For Warriors
Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With most dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery. This treatment method is backed by scientific research (from Purdue University’s OHAIRE Lab) demonstrating Service Dogs’ ability to help mitigate their veteran’s symptoms of PTSD while simultaneously restoring their confidence and independence. Founded in 2011 as a 501 ©(3) nonprofit organization, K9s For Warriors remains committed to bringing widespread awareness to veterans’ mental health and contributing to policy-level reform.
For more information about K9s For Warriors, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org.