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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, September 25, 2014

Grant for the Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers

ARROYO GRANDE, CA, September 24, 2014 – The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers was established in 2004 by Brian and Johnine Talley to provide grants to non-profit organizations that assist San Luis Obispo County agricultural workers and their families. The endowment is over $590,000 with a goal to establish an endowment of $1 million so that this support can continue in perpetuity.

The key fundraising effort for The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers is the annual release of Mano Tinta. Mano Tinta (“Red Hand” in Spanish) was chosen to signify the pride and commitment of farm workers to their craft. All of the grapes, materials and services used to make Mano Tinta wines are donated and all of the profit benefits The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers. Sinor LaValle Vineyards, Ranchita Canyon Vineyards, Wolff Vineyards, Laetitia Vineyard and Winery and Talley Vineyards are only a partial list of vineyards who have contributed over the years in an effort that has raised nearly $600,000 for the Fund. Growers and vintners from across San Luis Obispo County are encouraged to become involved with the Mano Tinta project, either by donating grapes or by producing their own Mano Tinta wine. For more information, please contact Talley Vineyards Winemaker Eric Johnson, eric@talleyvineyards.com.

Beneficiaries are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and this year we are proud to announce that $22,400 will be donated throughout San Luis Obispo County.

This year’s recipients include,
Noor Foundation: The SLO Noor Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality free healthcare to uninsured people living within our community.

People’s Self Help Housing: The Mission of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California’s Central Coast.

Community Action Partnership: Committed to eliminating poverty by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs.Ride-On Transportation: The Arroyo Grande Vanpool program is designed to provide transportation for farm workers in SLO County.

Bright Futures After School Academic Program: Offers students a safe environment in which they receive academic support and enrichment classes aligned with regular schools days and a healthy snack.

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