SANTA ROSA, Calif., (October 20, 2017) – Foley Family Charitable Foundation and Foley Family Wines announced today a donation of $225,000 in support of the communities recently devastated by the Northern California wine country fires. $225,000 will be divided among the Community Foundation Sonoma County (Sonoma County Resilience Fund), the Napa Valley Community Foundation (Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund), and the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation (Housing Support for Ag Workers Displaced by Fires Fund). The Foley Family Charitable Foundation has also set up a Go Fund Me account to support those affected by fires in the community. Employee contributions to this fund will also be matched up to $75,000.
“We are deeply saddened by the destruction and devastation we see all around us, and our hearts go out to our wine country community. Our first priority is the safety and support of our employees who have been deeply affected by the fires. We remain hopeful as we combine efforts with our neighbors, to support victims displaced by these fires and rebuild. We know that our contributions are going to three conscientious charities that will put relief money to work in the areas they’re needed most,” said Bill Foley.
In addition, on Sunday, October 22nd at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Culinary Arts Center parking lot (1700 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa) the Foley Family Wines culinary team will share 500 meals in support of Sonoma Family Meal, an organization spearheaded by The Press Democrat and Bite Club’s Heather Irwin. The organization is helping to bring meals from local chefs to families in the affected communities who need a helping hand to feed extra family and friends affected by the fires.
Sonoma and Napa winery tasting rooms; Chalk Hill Estate, Foley Johnson, Foley Sonoma, Kuleto, Lancaster, Merus, Roth Estate, and Sebastiani will resume normal tasting room hours beginning this Saturday, October 21st .
“We invite you to help strengthen our devastated winery community by choosing Sonoma and Napa wines,” said Foley.
About Foley Family Wines –
Foley Family Wines was established by Bill Foley in 1996 with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Since then, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a major producer, marketer and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handmade wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the company’s portfolio is distinct and autonomous with its own identity, style, techniques and personnel. Foley Family Wines owns the following properties: Foley Sonoma (Geyserville, CA), Chalone Vineyards (Monterey, CA), Foley Estates (Sta. Rita Hills, CA), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang, CA), Merus (Napa Valley, CA), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley, CA), Kuleto (Napa Valley, CA), Altvs (Napa, CA), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County, CA), Sebastiani (Sonoma County, CA), Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County, CA), Langtry Estate (Lake County, CA), Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, WA), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, CA), Eos (Paso Robles, CA), Roth Estate (Sonoma County, CA), The Four Graces (Dundee, OR) Vavasour (Marlborough, New Zealand), Clifford Bay (Marlborough, New Zealand), Grove Mill (Marlborough, New Zealand) Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough, New Zealand) and Te Kairanga (Martinborough, New Zealand). Bill Foley is the majority owner of National Hockey League team, the Vegas Golden Knights (Las Vegas, NV). He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc. and Vice Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services. Both are Fortune 500 companies.