Wine is about coming together. It’s about family, friends, ideas, conversation and sharing. And at Dobbes Family Estate, we are committed to giving back to the community that gives us life. It’s an integral part of who we are as individuals, and so it has become an integral part of our business.
With a deep personal connection to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Northwest, Dobbes Family Estate and Wine By Joe owner Joe Dobbes is a past board member and donates proceeds annually to this organization from the sales of Wine By Joe wines. As a company, we also donate time and money to organizations like Salud, Classic Wines Auction, the Dundee Parent Club, Newberg Education Foundation, Doernbecher, Family Building Blocks and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
But there is no shortage of worthy causes out there, and we wanted to do more.
Dobbes Charitable Giving Program
During a company retreat brainstorming session, we attempted to decide on one additional organization to support in the name of Dobbes Family Estate.
Not surprisingly, we found that each individual wanted to support a different cause, and all were deserving. Thus came the dawn of our Dobbes Charitable Giving Program.
Each quarter, a different employee has the opportunity to select a cause that has special meaning to them. During that quarter we feature a wine and donate 10 percent of its sales to the chosen charity.
My name is Wesley Cook and I am the Tasting Room Manager here at Dobbes Family Estate. I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to choose Ethos Music Center in Portland as our Charitable Giving Program recipient for the second quarter. I was very fortunate to have access to quality music education during my childhood but that experience is, unfortunately, becoming rare. Music education, performance and appreciation have a measurable positive impact on children’s academic performance, behavior and happiness. I hope you will consider buying our 2009 Meyer Vineyard Pinot Noir to enjoy one of my favorite Dundee Hills wines while helping Ethos provide music education to thousands of Oregon children.
Ethos Music Center is a nonprofit organization based in Portland dedicated to offering direct and sustained music instruction to students in underserved communities across Oregon. Founded in 1998, Ethos brings music education to several thousand students each year through their award-winning programs including Music Across Oregon and Music Corps. Music Corps makes music lessons more accessible to a greater number of students by conducting classes directly on-site where students attend school or participate in other after-school programs. To date, Ethos has started Music Corps programs at over 150 schools and community centers. Ethos Music Center’s Rural Outreach Project reaches over 2,400 students each year in communities throughout rural Oregon.
Ethos’ name is derived from the ancient Greek “Doctrine of Ethos” that held that music can change your thoughts, moods, and actions. They believe, as I do, that every child should have access to music education, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location. You can learn more about Ethos, their mission and programming at www.ethos.org. Thank you for your support and cheers to music education!