California winemaker Joseph (Josh) Carr held a contest this summer in conjunction with the Gary Sinise Foundation to choose five first responders throughout the United States who would each receive a $10,000 grant.
To see Gary Sinise discuss the contest, click here.
On top of this, Josh Cellars is also donating $1 for every bottle of their wine purchased until December 30 of this year to Operation Homefront and Holiday Meals for Military.
Josh Cellars produces lovely, approachable varietal wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay) as well as a red blend. They source their grapes from across California, including Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, and the Central Coast. You should expect to find them locally for around $12 per bottle.
Isn’t it nice to know your purchases can make a difference?
Cynthia was nominated by her son who witnessed firsthand his mother’s transformation over the past 18 months. A year and a half ago, Cynthia was using a cane to walk, was in bad health due to her weight, and at 49 years old, felt more like 70. After having gastric bypass, in October 2013, Cynthia started school to become an EMT. Cynthia graduated top of her class, and has been excelling as an EMT as part of the Wellington EMS ever since. Wellington, TX is a small rural community, with only 3 ambulances and a lot of outdated equipment. The grant that Cynthia will receive will not only help the department but the entire community.
Dan joined the Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Company in 2006, which at that time only had three active members. Shortly after, the Chief fell ill, meetings and drills ceased, and the company began to decline. After Hurricane Sandy, Dan stepped up to be Chief of the failing department, and since his election, has grown the company to 15 members. Dan and his team have been actively fundraising and applying for grants to purchase a new fire engine and updated gear. The $10,000 will make a huge difference to a department with an annual budget of only $18,000.
David’s wife submitted him and detailed his contributions to his community via the non-profit he formed called The First Twenty (www.thefirsttwenty.org). After discovering that heart attacks were the number one cause of death for firefighters in the line of duty, David was inspired to create The First Twenty, the nation’s first-ever national fitness and wellness program for firefighters. Using videos, self-monitoring tools, and training modules, The First Twenty addresses the unmet health and fitness needs of firefighters through collaborations with leading content providers, a strong team of fire service representatives and nationally recognized scientists. With this $10,000 grant, David will be able to continue to help firefighters focus on their health.
During James’ time as Chief of East 52 Volunteer Fire Department, he has helped to unite his team through some very trying circumstances. Not long after James became Chief, the water pump in the department’s only fire engine failed during a fire, and required $11,000 to repair. In order to get the engine up and running as quickly as possible, James and the assistant Chief took out a personal loan to repair the pump. Though James and his team were able to pay off that loan through fundraisers in under a year and a half, during that time, the department’s only tanker truck’s motor failed, leaving them to find a replacement. Despite all of these setbacks, David continued to create an upbeat atmosphere which increased the number of volunteers helping out at the department. His entire team agrees that he is an outstanding Chief, well deserving of this recognition.
Prior to September 11, 2001, Bradley Saunders had a successful career with a large global investment bank, one of the largest tenants of the World Trade Center complex. After surviving the terrorist attack, he was driven to become a Police Officer and joined the Tustin Police Department in 2002. Eight years later Bradley helped form the Tustin Police Foundation, which provides much needed equipment and training to the men and women of the department. The foundation also supports programs which improve the relationship between the department and the community, and also funds trauma kits for patrol cars, meals for the homeless, officer/grade school students mentoring programs and more. In the community, Bradley is known for pouring his heart into everything he does – whether it is his role in the Patrol Division, as a Terrorism Liaison Officer or as an advisor to the foundation’s Board of Directors.