Local Charities Thank You for Drinking

Ken Wright Cellars!

Ken Wright Cellars is a company with purpose. We are determined not only to make quality Pinot Noir that connects people to place, but we are committed to connecting to the people and place in which we live. When Ken Wright Cellars moved to the small rural community of Carlton, Oregon in 1994, it became the first winery in a town built on traditional agriculture. Most of the families in Carlton had been living and working the land here for generations; the Wright’s were “the new kids on the block.” What Ken and Karen admired most about Carlton was that it was a community in the true sense of the word, a place where people with a rich history of supporting one another working toward a greater good. To become a part of this rich network of people, the Wrights needed to build a business and produce a product that could be defined by the same values. Now, with all the members of Ken Wright Cellars deeply rooted in community, rejoice in knowing that with every bottle, glass or taste you enjoy of Ken Wright Cellars, you are helping to provide much needed support to not only the families of Carlton and Yamhill, but well beyond.  Your support allows the substantial volunteerism and charitable giving of Ken Wright Cellars. This makes you a significant part of our Ken Wright Cellars family, and we thank you! 

 Annual Company Volunteer Hours: 7,881

Starting in 2018, Ken Wright Cellars launched a new charity donation program, established to enable each of our team members an opportunity to select and support an organization with which they have a personal connection. Each quarter a different charitable organization will be featured. This quarter, our featured employee, Jack Schwab, has selected CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Yamhill County. 20% of the sales of our monthly featured vineyard will be donated to CASA!

February Featured Vineyard
2015 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir

$62.50 $57

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Learn more at http://yccasa.org/


Why did Jack select CASA- Yamhill County as this quarter's designated charity?

For several years, I was the executive director of a homeless shelter in Tigard that served families with children. I was drawn to work becuase homelessness and family turmoil hurt kids in so many ways. They can suffer for years from lack of proper nutrition, from interruptions in their education, and from loss of self-image, innocence and personal safety. 

These children are particularly vulnerable when they are place into the child welfare system and become subject to court jurisdiction. That is where CASA volunteers come in. Court Appointed Special Advocates are the unbiased and fierce protetor of a child who has been abused or neglected and is going through the trauma of the court system. 

CASA volunteers are granted tremendous authority by the court and can do what it takes to see that a child is not ignored, their best interests are served, and that the judge is able to understand the true facts of a child's condition in an over-burdened child welfare system.

Advocates are in a unique position to work in the system without being of the system. Throughout the process, Advocates have permission to visit the children regularly, talk to a child's parents, teachers, caseworkers, doctors and therapists in order to hear all perspectives and give an unbiased portrayal of the case to the judge. CASA volunteers helps kids through the system safely, quickly, and more effectively. 

Thanks to pilot programs in Multnomah and Josephine counties, the Oregon Legislature passed a law in 1987 mandating that every abused and neglected child in protective custody is entitled to the help of a CASA volunteer. Shortly thereafter, in 1992, CASA officially came to Yamhill County. There are roughly 125 children living in the foster care system in Yamhill County at any given time. With the resources in hand, CASA can effectively serve 50-60% of eligible children in our county. 

In order to reach CASA's goal of a volunteer advocate for every child, they need your help. Please get involved with your time, talent, or treasure and be a powerful voice in a Yamhill County child's life!

May Peace Prevail on Earth
- Jack Schwab

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