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Constellation Brands to donate to Napa Valley community following earthquake

Company will make a $100,000 donation to Napa Valley Vintners’ Community Disaster Relief Fund

Constellation Brands, Victor, N.Y., announced that it will make a $100,000 donation to the Napa Valley Vintners’ Community Disaster Relief Fund to provide immediate support to the local community. Funding will be available for one-time immediate needs as well as short-term assistance for temporary housing and basic needs such as food, water and medical care, it says.

“Our company has a longstanding tradition of giving back in the communities where we live and work, and while we are grateful that our Constellation facilities and families experienced only minor damage during the earthquake, many of our neighbors were not as fortunate,” said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer of Constellation Brands, in a statement. “As members of the community and Napa Valley Vintners, we are proud to join in leading the relief effort and hope to assist those hit hardest by this natural disaster.”  

In addition, Constellation is encouraging employees, visitors and wine club members to donate non-perishable goods at the wineries. These items will be collected and donated to local Napa food banks through the end of September. Constellation employees also will be encouraged to support the recovery efforts and help match the company's donation.

“We are on a very long road to recovery, but through this fund and with the help of dedicated partners such as Constellation, we aim to help families and businesses get back on their feet quickly,” said Linda Reiff, president and chief executive officer of Napa Valley Vintners, in a statement.

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association previously announced that it would donate $10 million to create the fund in order to help provide resources and assistance to support the Napa Valley community as it rebuilds.

For more information about Napa Valley Vintners relief efforts and how to participate, visit www.napavintners.com.

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