NAPA VALLEY – In October 2021, the Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation held its Vino For Vets fundraiser powered by United Rentals in Napa Valley, California. The event is a one-of-a-kind, weekend-long wine experience to raise funds for Turns For Troops/SoldierStrong.
This is the inaugural year for the Vino For Vets fundraiser. The event raised $150,000 for Turns For Troops / SoldierStrong, which strives to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes through the donation of revolutionary medical technologies to VA Hospitals and other medical centers across the country.
SoldierStrong, a Stamford, Conn. organization, is dedicated to helping veterans take their next steps forward by connecting them with revolutionary medical technologies donated to VA medical centers and other facilities.
“We are thrilled to welcome 15 attendees who donated $10,000 each, which will help continue our Foundation’s mission to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country honorably,” jointly stated Graham and Courtney Rahal. “We would also like to thank United Rentals for empowering the Vino For Vets event and their continued commitment to our veterans,” said Graham and Courtney Rahal.
Vino For Vets took place from October 21-24, 2021, in Napa Valley, California. Event highlights included a welcome reception presented by Luther Auto, where Graham and Courtney met event attendees. Wine tastings at the Piazza Del Dotto Winery, an Italian-inspired “barchessa,” or barn. Wine tasting and dinner at Davis Estates in Calistoga. Palmaz Vineyards, built into an 18-story cavern in the flank of Mount George. Attendees also visited the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. The facility is the largest of its kind in the United States which has a population of almost 800 World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. The event concluded with wine tastings, dinner, live entertainment and a “fireside chat” with special guest David Letterman.
Since SoldierStrong’s inception following the tragic events of 9/11, the organization has donated more than $4.2 million of medical devices to help injured veterans. This donation is the 15th BraveMind system donated to a VA hospital since late 2019.
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