Enhancing People’s Lives through
a Beautiful Experience
The Sonoma State University Wine Spectator Learning Center’s mission is to provide transformational learning experiences for its students and the wine industry. The Ron Rubin Student Commons will be a modern and inspiring space for its students, faculty, and the wine industry. It will encompass a wine entrepreneurship laboratory, an outdoor study terrace, and a student hub with a multi-media experience. This Commons will connect students from around the world to those studying on campus to attain Bachelor and Master Degrees, with a concentration in wine business strategies. The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics, and is a fully accredited AACSB institution.
Our impact: Helping the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University
Founded in 1988, Food For Thought is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to serving the nutritional needs of Sonoma County residents living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. FFT provides free weekly groceries including canned and boxed food, frozen prepared meals, fresh produce, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and whatever other goodies are on hand, for as long as these services are needed. They offer support in English and Spanish.
They currently provide food to men, women, and dependent children. While many clients are able to select their food at their beautiful facility, more than 1/3 of their clients receive delivery service because they are home-bound due to ill health or lack of transportation.
Our impact since 2012: $35,861.28.
The School Garden Network of Sonoma County promotes and supports school garden programs throughout Sonoma County. Their mission is to empower youth to embrace healthy eating habits and to develop respect for and stewardship of all living things. Some of their projects include: supporting schools with grants and mentoring, developing curriculum and providing garden nutrition education and cooking classes, facilitating a vibrant networking community for garden educators, and distributing free seeds and plants to local schools.
The Rubin Family of Wines is proud to support the Sonoma County School Garden Network as a root sponsor to help them continue to make a positive impact for students in Sonoma County.
Our impact since 2017: $5,000
American Cancer Society’s Sebastopol Relay for Life symbolizes the battle waged around the clock by those facing cancer. The Rubin Family of Wines has supported Relay for Life as a Platinum Sponsor since 2014. The Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Our impact: $5,000
Chalk Hill Artist Residency offers time and space to professional artists of all media for the creation of new work in the inspiring setting of the Warnecke Ranch, situated along the Russian River in Sonoma County. Artists also have access to 260 acres of oak woodlands, vineyard, and river frontage. The program is unique in that select residencies are made available to artists with disabilities through partnerships with local non-profits like Becoming Independent, National Alliance on Mental Health, and Sonoma County Mental Health. These community artists also participate in monthly workshops with resident artists that promote integration into the local arts scene.
Our impact: $5,000
The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars Program recruits motivated students from low-income public high schools and provides them with the academic support and preparation they need to get into and graduate from competitive four-year colleges. The SEO Scholars Program serves nearly 600 high school college students in New York City and San Francisco.
Our impact: $1,150 in-kind donations