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Santa Barbara County’s Alma Rosa Winery to Host Fifth Annual “Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction” Fundraising Walk and Luncheon on May 18, 2024

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Funds raised from the event will benefit mental health community services and research and treatment for anxiety and depression

(February 20, 2024, Buellton, Calif.)—Debra Eagle, General Manager of Alma Rosa Winery, a leading producer of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône variety wines from Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills AVA, is thrilled to announce that the winery’s fifth annual “Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction” fundraising walk will return to the Alma Rosa estate on Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. Registration to participate ($55/person) is now open and will run through Friday, May 17. To sign up, donate or start a fundraising campaign for the upcoming walk, visit the link here for more information. All proceeds from the event, including 100% of the registration fee, will benefit both One Mind and Mental Wellness Center of Santa Barbara.

The 10,000-step, or approximately 4.5-mile walk, will begin at the entrance of Alma Rosa’s 628-acre estate property and traverse across the hillside vineyards located off Santa Rosa Road in Buellton, CA. Registered participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine or other non-alcoholic refreshments at the top of the Caracol and Attente blocks, while taking in the sweeping hilltop views of the region. Following the walk, the winery will host an intimate reception with current releases from Alma Rosa and additional winery partners, including The Hilt. Additional refreshments and snacks will be provided by sponsors including Leisure ProjectKate’s Real Food and Pressed Juicery. In addition to the reception, tickets to attend a private luncheon held at Alma Rosa’s historic Ranch House will be available for purchase, here. This lunch will be catered by Full of Life Flatbread from Los Alamos.

“With Peace of Mind returning for its fifth year, we are excited to welcome guests back to Alma Rosa estate to participate in this year’s walk,” says General Manager Debra Eagle. “This year we have decided to move our annual walk to May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’ll also be expanding our winery partners for the post-walk wine tasting. We are proud to continue our commitment to supporting One Mind and Mental Wellness Center and hope to inspire more people to join us this year in supporting the critical work of these organizations.”

The Peace of Mind fundraising walk was launched in 2020 by Alma Rosa Proprietors Bob and Barb Zorich to support mental health community services, as well as fund research on the causes, treatment and potential cures for anxiety and depression. Over the last four years, the winery has raised over $745,000 for these two organizations. To continue to amplify the efforts of the event, the Zorichs will be matching individual donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000 to both One Mind and Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara. With a hope to garner greater community support and funds raised, the Zorichs will also be matching corporate sponsorships up to an additional $25,000, and are grateful to have already received a generous donation from Specialty Construction, Inc.

The Zorichs have a long history of supporting mental health-related causes, Bob currently is an Emeritus Board Member of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute and previously served on the board of the WorkFaith Connection of Houston. The Zorichs are also supporters of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation in New York City and the Kingdom Giving Fund in Colorado.

For more information about Alma Rosa’s commitment to mental health awareness and support, please visit: https://almarosawinery.com/about/community-commitment/. A link to images and press materials can be found here

About Alma Rosa Winery

Alma Rosa Winery, a leading wine producer from Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills, is dedicated to making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône varietal wines that express the unique terroir of the appellation. Alma Rosa’s wines are layered, vibrant and balanced, reflecting the cool climate impact of the Pacific Ocean breezes that are funneled through the east-west transverse mountain range of the region. The winery was founded in 2005 by Richard Sanford, who was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Sta. Rita Hills in 1971. Today the winery is owned by Bob and Barb Zorich, who purchased the winery in 2014. In 2019 Samra Morris took the helm as winemaker, becoming the first Bosnian winemaker in California.

For more information about Alma Rosa Winery, please visit almarosawinery.com.

About One Mind™

Launched in 1995 by Shari and Garen Staglin as their means to “run toward the problem” of their son’s schizophrenia diagnosis, One Mind is today a leading mental health non-profit that heals lives by direct support for neuropsychiatric brain research. By convening the brightest minds in brain science and advocacy around a collective vision of “Accelerating Brain Health for All,” One Mind is advancing a three-pronged program strategy of accelerating discoveries, improving services, and transforming culture. Through such achievements as enrolling over 10,000 patients in innovative clinical studies and the One Mind at Work initiative that has brought supportive workplace mental health practices to over 7 million employees, One Mind is creating a world where all facing brain health challenges can build healthy, productive lives. Brandon Staglin, whose own experiences triggered the creation of the non-profit, now serves as its President, exemplifying the change One Mind seeks in its disruptive research and workplace initiatives.

About Mental Wellness Center

With 77 years of service to the Santa Barbara community, Mental Wellness Center has been the leading provider of mental health support to adults, families, and youth. The organization instructs in mental health education to nearly 5,000 local students, operates a residential services program which is home to community members in seven residential sites, and serves individuals and families impacted by mental illness through support groups and social connection programs like its onsite recovery day program that sees hundreds of individuals, both housed and unhoused, living with severe mental illness.

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