Napa Valley Vintners gives $250,000 to Assist Local Flood Victims
1/12/2006 - St. Helena, CA - The Auction Napa Valley Board of Directors today approved a $250,000 grant to the Neighbors Fund, a fund that was created by the Community Foundation of the Napa Valley (CFNV) to assist Napa County families affected by the New Year's flood.
Auction Napa Valley is hosted annually by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association to raise funds for local health care, housing and youth development needs.
NVV 's 2006 President Hugh Davies said; "We are proud to be in a position to offer these funds to assist our community. Personally, I'm honored to represent this group of vintners who lend a hand whether it be for Hurricane Katrina relief, or to help a neighbor in need."
Before the Auction's contribution, CFNV had raised about $500,000 for the Neighbors Fund, and estimated the total need to be close to $1 million. This grant from Auction Napa Valley brings the fund much closer to realizing the goal. The purpose of the Neighbors Fund is to distribute grants to local nonprofit agencies that are working directly with individuals and families that have been affected by the flooding. Thus far these agencies have included Catholic Charities, the Volunteer Center and Fair Housing Napa Valley.
There are up to 500 families that may need assistance with food, household items and short term housing, representing mostly low-income and working poor Latino families.
The NVV is a professional nonprofit trade organization. Its more than 270 vintner members are committed to the future of Napa Valley through the preservation and enhancement of its land, wine and community. An important part of its mission is to promote and protect the Napa Valley Appellation as a winegrowing region second to none in the world.
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