SPOTLIGHTS: Crush MS Napa Valley

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On Saturday, Aug. 8th, Feast it Forward and Williams-Sonoma once again hosted an interview lounge at Reid Family Vineyards to CRUSH MS!

Two years ago, Reid Family Vineyards and Counter Punch Wines teamed up to create a network of wineries, called Crush MS, dedicated to raising funds and awareness toward the elimination of Multiple Sclerosis.

Julie Hare was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009. Her husband Stephen had spent his adult life in the California wine industry and had always yearned to start his own wine label. In 2012 they founded Counter Punch Wines with the mutual goals of producing small lots of hand-made wines from California’s best vineyards while generating funds that would allow them to give something back to organizations that help “counter punch” the effects of MS.

Reid Family Vineyards was built by Kirk and Karen Reid in 1992 with the planting of a small Napa Valley estate vineyard in the foothills of Mt. Veeder. Their oldest son Kevin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002. Kevin met Julie through a local author with MS and the two families agreed to come together and use their mutual love of wine to promote awareness of this debilitating disease and raise funds for research toward a cure. Together, they created idea of Crush MS – an organization which brings people together with some of the greatest wines available, all for a great cause. On Saturday, these committed and kind families raised over $50,000 to help support national Multiple Sclerosis, and those in need.

We hope that you will join the FEAST, and support both this inspiring event and organization. Cheers to RAISING a glass, awareness and funds!

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