July 12, 2016

kmart partners with igive.com to give back

Kmart is donating $250,000 to support the March of Dimes’ Zika advocacy and education campaign.

#ZAPika focuses on up-to-the-minute education on Zika in both English and Spanish.

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March of Dimes Foundation Logo (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes Foundation)

Kmart has been the top corporate sponsor for the March of Dimes for 33 years. The Zika contribution is just a small portion of the more than $140 million raised by Kmart since 1983.


“Kmart is the gold standard for corporate philanthropy,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “For 33 years Kmart, their associates and customers, have helped give every baby a fighting chance and now they are leading the fight against the Zika virus.”

As part of the campaign, March of Dimes issued the top 5 tips for Zika Prevention (#ZAPzika):

  1. Use spray, keep mosquitoes away: make sure it’s EPA registered.
  2. Say you will, embrace the chill: use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
  3. If it’s wet, it’s a threat: remove still water.
  4. Get protected, not infected: wear clothes to prevent bites. Use a condom to prevent sexual transmission.
  5. If you suspect, then connect: call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

The English website is www.marchofdimes.org/zika and Spanish website is www.nacersano.org/zika. Or, you can ask a question in both languages at www.marchofdimes.org/ask-us.aspx.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. Kmart shoppers who use iGive.com can donate to their favorite cause with every online purchase.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

July 1, 2016

iGive.com partner, The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

Each year The North Face awards grants to nonprofit organizations that encourage participants to experience the outdoors. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial, so special consideration was given to groups that run programs in national parks and federally managed lands.

“We are thankful for The North Face’s support of our shared goal of preparing the next generation of outdoor stewards and enthusiasts,” said Sally Jewell, Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. “For three years now, they have partnered with the Department of the Interior and invested in our efforts to provide more opportunities for young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.”

Organizations from this year’s 2016 Explore Fund grantees include:

  • Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC): MPEC, in partnership with the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, manages a three part outdoor adventure series for female survivors of sexual violence. The program aims to use nature as a source of strength and healing, to encourage positive self-esteem, feelings of community, connectedness and a new sense of empowerment.
  • Paradox SportsParadox Sports works to identify, foster and grow communities of adaptive climbing and mountaineering athletes across the country. The grant from The North Face will specifically support the organization’s Yosemite National Park Experience, which brings veterans, as well as non-veterans with disabilities, together for a week of climbing in the national park. Funding will also support the Joshua Tree National Park Experience, which is a first of its kind program that teaches adaptive climbers the technical skills they need to increase their independence as climbers.
  • Sacred RokSacred Rok leads day and overnight trips in Yosemite for low income, incarcerated, and foster youth ages 7 – 21. Participants spend time nature camping, hiking, rock climbing, learning trail building basics, and environmental stewardship principals. These trips help youth feel comfortable in nature in addition to building self-confidence and inspiring respect for the environment.
  • City Kids Wilderness Project: City Kids is focused on addressing the lack of participation, access and connection to the outdoors for under-resourced youth in Washington, D.C, and translating outdoor and adventure experiences into long-term success. The program provides after school, weekend and summer outdoor adventure programming, including backpacking, canoeing, and backcountry hiking, as well as job training and college preparation programming.

Projected impact, clarity of the proposal and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration were among the key factors considered in the Explore Fund awards.

The North Face includes giving back as a major part of its corporate mission. In addition to the Explore Fund, which has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment shoppers can utilize iGive.com to shop The North Face and give back to their favorite causes.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org

June 30, 2016

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Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Target team members, died during the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub.  Target Corporation donated $250,000 to the OneOrlando Fund in their memory. The OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, will go to nonprofit organizations serving victims, their families and the community.  The Hispanic community was particularly impacted by this tragedy.

In addition to the donation,Target teams across the country observed a moment of silence in honor of all of the victims. Teams in Orlando donated food and water to first responders, as well as those waiting in line to give blood to help survivors. Target also offered space outside a nearby store to serve as a command center for law enforcement.

“I want to personally thank the local Target team in Orlando for pulling together during an incredibly difficult and emotional time to do everything they can to help the community. On behalf of everyone at Target, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost during Sunday’s tragedy and am honored to make this donation to help all those affected” said Brian Cornell, chief executive officer, Target.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. Shoppers who wish to support their favorite cause through their online shopping with Target can join iGive.com at no additional cost to themselves or their cause.

May 18, 2016

Art Van Charity Challenge offers Nonprofit organizations across the Midwest the chance to compete to win up to $100,000

2016 Art Van Charity Challenge

Cindy Crawford, Charity Challenge Ambassador

For the 8th consecutive year, the Art Van Charity Challenge is making a major impact on communities throughout the Midwest. Kicking off on Wednesday, May 18, 147 nonprofits large and small will compete for grants up to $100,000. Over the course of just five weeks, participating charities will rally to raise $3 million.
Since 2008, Art Van Furniture has donated $8 million and raised $22 million for more than 350 charities through the Art Van Charity Challenge. This year promises to be record breaking! Here’s how it works:

  • The goal of the 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge is to raise $3 million in five weeks, from Wednesday, May 18, through Wednesday, June 22
  • 147 participating charities located across the Midwest will compete to raise the most money. These charities are focused on children, health care and human services
  • The 10 nonprofit organizations to raise the most money will share $225,000 in prize grants from Art Van Furniture, ranging in size from $1,500 up to $100,000
  • The Midwest’s number one furniture and mattress retailer will donate $79,000 in bonus grants, which will be awarded to winning charities in special competitions throughout the program
  • Total Art Van Furniture donations amount to $304,000

“We all play a role in helping each other,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “The Art Van Charity Challenge has been successful because people understand this. I think this year will be the best yet!”

April 26, 2016


Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines® 2016 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact reaching 97 facilities. Through the program, participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide complimentary, roundtrip air travel to families who need to travel for specialized medical care to lessen the financial burden of serious illness.

“Southwest Airlines has a nearly 45-year tradition of treating our Employees and Customers like family.  Families support each other during both good and challenging times, and we’re honored to be able to serve our communities during a time of great need,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “The opportunity to connect someone to the things that are most important in their life drives us to find a network of hospitals and organizations that support this mission and provide the best possible treatment to their patients.”

Since the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program’s inception in 2007, more than $19.6 million in free transportation has been distributed to organizations in 26 states. “I knew this was one of those situations where I needed to be home, no matter the cost,” shares Sarah Zawatski, a caregiver to her mother who received treatment at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. “With this generous gift, I was able to fly out and not give too much care to the cost of the airline ticket. My care and attention needed to be focused on my mom.”

In 2016, Southwest will provide more than $3.2 million in free transportation to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment. Participating hospitals include:

Angel Flight Central, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Children’s Hospital Corporation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc., Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Mercy, Children’s National Hospital, Cook Children’s, Craig Hospital Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dell Children’s Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Froedtert Hospital Foundation Inc., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, Long Island Jewish Health System , Loyola University Health Systems, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Massachusetts General Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Angels, Mercy Medical Center, Miracle Flights for Kids, National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction for NYU Langone Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Patient Airlift Services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, a Division of Duke University Health System, Inc., Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation – San Diego, Riley Children’s Hospital-IU Health, Rush University Medical Center, Scripps Health, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Shepherd Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation, St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Tampa General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Johns Hopkins Hospital & Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, The Nemours Foundation, Children’s Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UCLA Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University Medical Center Tucson, formerly University of Arizona Medical Center, University Medical Center, Lubbock/University Medical Center Foundation, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science Systems, University of Minnesota Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Visit the NUTS About Southwest blog and www.southwest.com/medicalgrant to learn more about the positive impact of the Medical Transportation Grant Program. To learn about qualifications for travel assistance through the designated organizations, please contact the Social Work, Travel/Concierge Service, or Patient Assistance Department directly at the hospitals and medical organizations listed above, as each has unique guidelines for the administration of tickets.


In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Service to Long Beach, California, our 98th city, will begin June 5, 2016.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity.  That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free®  to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look:  Heart.  The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets.  With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.


March 23, 2016

From March 21 – May 22, SoCal’s iconic specialty coffee and tea retailer will donate a portion of all CoffeeBean.com sales to fund arts and music programs in local public schools

coffee beanThe Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, Los Angeles’ homegrown specialty coffee and tea retailer for more than 50 years, is partnering with the Adopt the Arts Foundation, a locally-based non-profit organization that works to preserve arts programs in L.A. public schools. From March 21 – May 22,10% of all online sales from CoffeeBean.com will go towards keeping and expanding creative educational programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During the two month fundraiser, The Coffee Bean® plans to raise up to $50,000 to fund the Adopt the Arts program furthering their efforts to adopt schools and tapping star power of prominent actors and musicians along the way.

“We are excited to be partnering with a cause that supports education in our hometown of Los Angeles,” said Adam Tabachnikoff, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Strategy for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. “Our goal of $50,000 is enough to keep the arts and music program in an elementary school for one year, and our hope is that with the success of our fundraising efforts we will be able to help keep the program growing for years to come.”

Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum with kids who designed artwork for limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee
Jane Lynch and Matt Sorum with kids who designed artwork for limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee

At the beginning of April, coffee lovers can also support the cause by going online to CoffeeBean.com to purchase the limited edition Adopt the Arts coffee ($12.99), a 16 oz. whole bean House Blend that features three different designs from children who have benefitted from the program.

Co-founded by former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum, and activist, Abby Berman, Adopt the Arts has already donated over 1000 instruments to 30 LAUSD schools, as well as provided modern band curriculums, vocal and instrumental classes.  Celebrity supporters include actress and singer, Jane Lynch, who is one of the founding board members of Adopt the Arts, as well as John Stamos, Slash, Juliette Lewis, and others.

“Adopt the Arts is shedding light on the reality of public education and providing an opportunity for people to invest in their community.” Matt Sorum, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Adopt the Arts Foundation.

“As the product of a public school arts program including choir and school plays, I can’t imagine school without the arts. Sadly, that’s the case for so many kids in our own city.” says Jane Lynch. “Encouraging a child’s creative imagination makes for a more creative and collaborative adult. It’s a win/win for us all.”

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program3The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program2The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s limited edition Adopt the Arts featuring artwork created by students who have benefitted from the program

About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®

Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States. Embodying a passion for connecting loyal customers to one another with carefully handcrafted products, the company is known for sourcing and providing the finest ingredients and flavors from around the world. For more than 50 years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has demonstrated a passion for product innovation epitomized by The Original Ice Blended® drink. The company has grown to be an international icon and currently has more than 1,000 stores spanning across 30 countries. Please visit CoffeeBean.com for more information.

About Adopt the Arts

In collaboration with well-known artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and the general public, Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child, through the gift of making music and art. ATA is focused on developing strategic relationships with educators, administrators, and board members to ensure that most underserved schools in the district are identified and ultimately, helped. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, hopes, dreams and imaginations of our children.

To date, ATA has fully funded the music program in two schools, Rosewood Avenue and Westminster Elementary. Each school has been “adopted” by a celebrity or public figure, exposing children to inspirational people who have worked hard for their successes. The interaction between the children and adoptee creates a sense of responsibility and shared commitment for all of those involved.

March 1, 2016


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At F+W (and all 5 of our crafting brands: Interweave, Keepsake NeedleArts, Keepsake Quilting, Shop Fons & Porter, and Patternworks, we inspire and instruct passionate enthusiasts, but we also want to give back to the global crafting community.

We are so excited to invite our shoppers to be a part of Handmade with Love, a video and kit partnership both helping and connecting artisans worldwide.

By collaborating with TO THE MARKET, a provider and partner for survivor made goods from co-ops around the world, we are able to create kits that allow crafters here to help crafters globally. TO THE MARKET showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. These incredible kits with accompanying video were designed by Handmade Charlotte, a group of crafters with inspiring creativity who aim to discover the magic in everyday life.

TO THE MARKET has partnered with Handmade Charlotte and F+W to make these kits even more special by including items made by these incredible survivors. TO THE MARKET’s mission is to economically empower vulnerable populations through artisan enterprise. That means that all of the products we source and sell not only look good, but also do good.

For example, all of the kits come with a 100% organic cotton rucksack made by female human trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India through our co-operative partner Freeset. TO THE MARKET’s partnership with Freeset is one of over 25 in over 20 countries. In addition to the beautiful rucksack, several of the kits also have crafting components sourced from TO THE MARKET. We’ve got BIG plans to change lives and your purchase of these kits is helping us get there. THANK YOU!

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February 25, 2016

Featuring Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity.

Recently, iGive member, Deborah F., reached out to tell us a little more about her personal experience:

“Before my dog I would bump my way along and felt helpless and lost. With my dog, we fly down the sidewalk and he simply goes around danger. I am never alone and can once again leave my home and get out and explore! Thank you GEB!”

Guiding Eyes for the Blind gifts highly trained dogs to the blind – at NO COST to the student.  Through iGive supporters’ online shopping, over $800 has been raised for this good cause!


February 22, 2016
Eddie Bauer (PRNewsFoto/Eddie Bauer)

Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer announced The One Tree Initiative with philanthropic ambassador Ryan Reynolds to benefit American Forests. Since the start of its partnership with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect and restore threatened forest ecosystems around the world, one tree at a time.

In a public service announcement released today to inspire a united commitment to forest conservation, actor and longtime activist Ryan Reynolds supports the notion that every tree matters. The inspiration and purpose of the campaign is to ignite action across a widespread audience, highlighting that our forests are an invaluable resource. And with very little effort, we can do a lot to preserve them for our future.

The One Tree Initiative recognizes that one person and one dollar can impact the future of our forests,” says Mike Egeck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddie Bauer. “We are proud to partner with Ryan as our philanthropic ambassador as he shares our passion and appreciation for the outdoors. This campaign reminds us that we can all play a role in preserving the beauty of nature, and even a small donation to American Forest can make big impact in protecting our forests for future generations to come.”

Eddie Bauer launched its partnership with American Forests in 1995 with the “Add a Dollar, Plant a Tree” project, in which the brand plants a tree every time a customer chooses to add a dollar to his or her purchase. Eddie Bauer donates 100 percent of these funds collected from customer donations to American Forests’ reforestation projects in the U.S. and Canada.

In November 2015, Eddie Bauer announced Ryan Reynolds as its philanthropic ambassador with the planting of American Forests’ 50 millionth tree in a drought-stricken and fire-damaged area of the San Bernardino Mountains. To recognize the 20th anniversary of its partnership with American Forests, the brand pledged to plant 20,000 additional trees in the San Bernardino Mountains in 2016.

During Earth Week in April, Eddie Bauer will be matching customer donations under The One Tree Initiative, giving one tree for every dollar up to 75,000 trees. Starting today, customers can donate directly through the American Forests website and through a mobile Text-to-Give program, in which five trees can be planted for $5 simply by texting ONETREE to 80077.

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, footwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style, and customer service.  Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada, Germany andJapan, through catalog sales, and online at www.eddiebauer.com.

About American Forests
American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the first national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. In the past 25 years alone, American Forests has planted 50 million trees in more than a thousand forest restoration projects. These projects have restored hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, protected vital water supplies, and planted trees that store millions of tons of greenhouse gases. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

February 19, 2016



Global Humanitarian Landmine Eradication Non-Profit to Launch Napa Valley PeaceBuilder Chapter and “Mines To Vines” Initiative at March 2016 CabFest Event

CabFest Napa Valley which will take place March 4 – 6, 2016 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, has partnered with Roots of Peace, the Global Humanitarian Landmine Eradication Non-Profit.

Nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, Roots of Peace will make a special presentation at CabFest Napa Valley and launch their PeaceBuilder Napa Chapter in a global “call to action” to turn MINES TO VINES–replacing the scourge of landmines across the world with bountiful vineyards and orchards.

From the grounds of the largest veteran’s home in the United States, ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings will support the efforts of Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace as she launches MINES TO VINES at CabFest Napa Valley where more than 100 of the Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines will be poured over the course of the three-day event.

Legendary Napa Valley vintners Robert & Margrit Mondavi, Miljenko Grgich & Violet Grgich, The Austin Hills Family, Shirley & Paul Dean, and Diane Disney Miller, who supported Roots of Peace from its inception and who share strong “roots” with The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, will be honored at a ceremony during the CabFest Napa Valley kick-off concert by headliner, recording artist Mat Kearney on Friday, March 4.

Following CabFest Napa Valley, on March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings will join Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace on a journey to Vietnam to remove the remnants of war and plant fresh pepper trees. There are millions of landmines, UXO and cluster munitions in Quang Tri province, former DMZ, and the innocent footsteps of children are at risk to these seeds of terror.

CabFest Napa Valley provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the excellence that comes from the earth when nurtured and cultivated, in contrast to the lethal harvest of landmines. CabFest Napa Valley will bring over 100 Napa Valley wines to the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, as they stand in proud partnership with Roots of Peace to turn MINES TO VINES–turning blood to wine, minefields into vineyards–for the sake of the children and future generations to walk in peace.

About Roots of Peace 
Roots of Peace was founded in September 1997, following the death of the late Princess Diana of Wales who catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda. Since then, Roots of Peace has turned MINES TO VINES in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam. Today, there are still over 70 million landmines in 70 countries. The Roots of Peace Grove was established at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville on Veterans Day in 2011 (11-11-11), as six redwood trees were planted by young landmine survivor, Daniel Yuval, age 12, who lost his leg to a landmine in the Golan Heights of Israel. These deep roots continue to grow, as we honor veterans who lost limbs to landmines during the past six wars.

About CabFest Napa Valley 2016 
CabFest Napa Valley is a luxury lifestyle celebration of wine, food and entertainment, created to attract a wide audience to the Napa Valley during the Cabernet Season and simultaneously benefit local arts education. The inaugural CabFest Napa Valley attracted more than 2,000 patrons, with 70% of the attendees traveling from outside the area (17 states and more than three countries). For tickets, or to participate or sponsor, visit CabFestNapaValley.com or call 707.944.9900. Tickets are also available at the Lincoln Theater Box Office at 100 California Drive in Yountville, California from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information visit CabFestNapaValley.com. Like CabFest on Facebook and Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

CabFest Napa Valley 2016 Sponsors 
Genesis Luxury Vehicles, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Comcast Spotlight, Wine Spectator Magazine, The Spire Collection’s Napa Valley wines (Cardinale, Captûre, Galerie, La Jota, Lokoya, Mt. Brave), Spiriterra Napa Valley Estate, Karen MacNeil – Napa, Yelp, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Bank of Stockton, County of Napa, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Pellet Estate, Shadowbox Cellars, Eagle Eye, Joseph Carr, Coquerel, Hendry Estate, Town of Yountville, Riedel Crystal, San Francisco Magazine, Napa Sonoma Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, Sonoma Magazine, Napa Valley Life, CA Home + Design, GEV Magazine, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The Clever Root, The SOMM Journal, The Luxury Marketing Council, Napa Valley Film Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Visit Napa Valley, Heritage Eats, Ad Hoc + Addendum and Hurley’s Restaurant and Bar.

About the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater 
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to the cultural and artistic education and well-being of the Napa Valley. The Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that nurtures the next generation of artists and audiences through extensive arts education programs, while sustaining a more vibrant and engaged community, through initiatives ranging from presenting world-renowned artists and producing Symphony Napa Valley, to creating and sustaining arts education and access programs in schools, to producing arts and culture education and outreach on site at Lincoln Theater.


For more information visit http://www.RootsOfPeace.org and http://www.CabFestNapaValley.com