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Bob Larson Wine Fundraiser Feeds Hungry Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: December 19, 2017

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With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. A fundraiser coordinated by the Walla Walla Wine Alliance raises money to help feed those in need of a helping hand this holiday season. The Wine Alliance’s Ashley Riggs says it’s great to see the support they get year after year …

ASHLEY RIGGS … “Barrel Full of Money is actually a 2-month long fundraising campaign. And, it’s a collaborative effort by many local business partners here in the valley including the Wine Alliance and our members as well as a few businesses outside the Walla Walla Valley including Alaska Airlines, Sequin Moreau Cooperage, and a few others.”

Riggs says it’s a worthy cause for a worthy organization …

ASHLEY RIGGS … “But, what Barrel Full of Money is, it’s a fundraiser to raise money for the local food bank here that’s organized by Blue Mountain Action Council. And so, we were able to raise $34,500.14 this year and we are so happy to announce that was a 28% increase from last year.”

Riggs says even that extra 14-cents can stretch out the number of meals served …

ASHLEY RIGGS … “It did! And you know, because Blue Mountain Action Council’s able to turn one dollar into six-dollars-worth of food assistance and are able to provide meals for about 18-cents per meal. And so, even that 14 cents there, you know, every single penny counts.”

Riggs says the entire town of Walla Walla and wine community came together in a meaningful way.

Listen tomorrow for more on the success of this fundraiser and how the money is used.

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