Posted: Oct 14, 2017
E. & J. Gallo Winery, one of the largest wine companies in the world, announced today it would contribute $1 million to fire recovery efforts, while also matching employee donations two-for-one.
At this early point in the recovery process, Gallo’s pledge is the most significant financial contribution to the region by a wine brand.
The company owns wineries, vineyards and production facilities across some of Wine Country’s hardest hit areas, including Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Solano counties. Gallo’s William Hill Estate Winery sustained minor damage, according to the company.
The funds are going to be divided among the American Red Cross California Wildfires Relief Fund, the Community Foundation of Sonoma and the Napa Valley Communication Foundation.
As for the latest news regarding the fire: grounds are just only beginning to cool in areas of Santa Rosa, allowing first responders to move forward with the recovery process. Residential areas on the Southeast side of Santa Rosa, meanwhile, were still in danger as of Friday.
The rash of wildfires are among the deadliest the state has ever endured — eviscerating up to 3,500 structures, charring more than 191,437 acres and killing at least 31 people.
By Justin Phillips
October 13, 2017
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