After a successful fundraiser last year to provide a special $20,000 Action Track Chair to local winegrower Jan Mathov, who suffered a spinal cord injury that left her a quadraplegic, organizers decided to continue the goodwill this year and have created a raffle fundraiser at 14 wineries in Loudoun.
Throughout the month of July, participating Loudoun wineries will be offering patrons the chance to win a unique experience while raising money for a good cause.
"After last year, Jan encouraged us to support the community further," said organizer Kathy Dolezal, chair of the Harvest Kindness Foundation.
Dolezal told the Times-Mirror they intend to establish a grant program to assist people who are in need in the local agricultural and winery industries.
Some of the raffles include an ATV ride through the vineyard, wine tastings, a farm-to-table food and wine dinner party and a winemaker picnic.
"The giveaways go beyond the typical tasting experience and invite fans to participate in interactive and immersive events created by each winery," said Dolezal.
Throughout July people can purchase $5 raffle tickets at participating winery tasting rooms to enter for their chance to win that winery’s experience.
Thanks to the support of the community and Harvest Kindness, Mathov received her Action Track Chair in January and has been busy working in the vineyard independently in her chair.
"It's so nice to see how the community helped make this possible for her," Dolezal said.
Participating wineries include: 8 Chains North, 868 Estate Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyard, Cana Vineyards and Winery, Casanel Vineyards and Winery, Hillsborough Winery and Brewery, Maggie Malick Wine Caves, Stone Tower, The Barns at Hamilton Station, The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek, The Wine Reserve at Waterford, Two Twisted Posts Winery, Walsh Family Wine and Zephaniah Farm Vineyard.
Additional information can be found at loudounwine.org.