March 31, 2010
Seth Walker, Ecotrust
Willamette Valley Wineries Association Raises $2,500 for Ecotrust
Money to Benefit Farm to School Efforts
PORTLAND, Ore., March 31, 2010 – A recent raffle and for-benefit fundraising effort by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association raised $2,500 for Ecotrust, a Portland-based non-profit. The proceeds benefit Ecotrust’s Farm to School program, which helps ensure that children throughout the region understand that food comes from farms, not some far off factory. Ecotrust serves as a regional leader in the National Farm to School Network and recently helped Oregon become one of the first states to bring farm to school principles into pre-K environments.
The grand prize winner of the raffle for the Willamette Valley Wine Country Getaway package was Emily Mooney of Seattle. Her getaway prize includes two luxurious nights at the Allison Inn & Spa, a $250 gift certificate from the Allison, and private winery tours.
Ecotrust wishes to thank the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, which represents Oregon’s leading wine region and two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. The region is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world. Ecotrust also wishes to thank Ms. Mooney, those who participated in the raffle, and those who made generous donations to Ecotrust’s Farm to School program.
Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $60 million in grants into more than $300 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding the world’s first environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children’s health, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision-making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it honors and supports the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership in its work. More on the Web at www.ecotrust.org.
About Willamette Valley Wineries Association
The WVWA is a non-profit industry association dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon's acclaimed Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot Noir producing region. Currently, the WVWA has 181 members representingwineries and tasting rooms throughout the Willamette Valley region — from Portland to Eugene. Memorial Weekend in Wine Country and Wine Country Thanksgiving are the two oldest WVWA sponsored touring events in Oregon. The WVWA also publishes an annual guide to wineries with a touring map. For more information or to request a wine touring map, please visit www.willamettewines.com, call 503-646-2985, or follow on Twitter @wvwines and on Facebook.