Santa Rosa, CA (April 6, 2022) – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards* today announced its continued commitment to providing service dogs to people with disabilities, with the return of its “For the Love of Dogs and Great Wine” campaign. For every bottle of St. Francis wine purchased in the U.S. now through December 31, 2022, the winery will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to Canine Companions – the largest non-profit provider of trained service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities, and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice, and educational settings.
In 2021, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards launched the inaugural “For the Love of Dogs and Great Wine” campaign to support Canine Companions and donated $100,000 to the non-profit organization.
“We are proud to continue honoring our namesake, St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, by supporting Canine Companions again this year to help provide professionally trained service dogs to those who need them most,” said Rick Bonitati, President and CEO of St. Francis Winery. “We look forward to another successful year of our ‘For the Love of Dogs and Great Wine’ campaign and encourage consumers around the country to support this life-changing organization by purchasing St. Francis wine.”
Canine Companions breeds, raises, and trains service dogs and provides a lifetime of follow-up services, completely free of charge to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities. Their dogs are trained to perform practical tasks that enhance independence and reduce reliance on others, such as alerting people to important sounds, aiding veterans with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, and easing trauma victims during stressful police investigations. This powerful relationship between human and dog leads to increased independence, confidence, and inclusion for a person with a disability.
“The service dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends,” said Paige Mazzoni, Canine Companions CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Canine Companions will have the resources needed to continue to offer our expertly-trained service dogs free of charge to children, adults and veterans with disabilities.”
For more information about supporting Canine Companions and to find St. Francis wines locally, please visit https://kobrand.cc/loveofdogs*.
About St. Francis Winery and Vineyards:
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards is a 100% Certified Sustainable producer of award-winning wines based in the Sonoma Valley, American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Sonoma County, California. Owned by the Kopf family, this eco-friendly winery utilizes a variety of sustainable practices throughout its business model including green agricultural strategies, growth-focused business initiatives, and charitable investment within the local community. The winery was named for St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of nature and ecology, as an homage to the first California vineyards planted by Franciscan missionaries in the mid-1800s. The winery has been developing its viticulture practices in Sonoma County since its founding in 1971. Today, wine production is led by Winemakers Katie Madigan and Chris Louton at the Sonoma Valley-based winery and tasting room facilities. St. Francis Winery & Vineyards owns four estate vineyards within Sonoma County and maintains strong relationships with exceptional growers throughout the region.
About Canine Companions®:
Canine Companions is leading the service dog industry so our clients and their dogs can live with greater independence. Canine Companions provides service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities as well as facility dogs for professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings. Established in 1975, Canine Companions is a nonprofit 501(c)3 has six regions across the country serving all 50 states. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people There is no charge for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. Learn more at canine.org or call 1-800-572-BARK.
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