We have a company of wonderful shareholders who we encourage to participate as much or as little as they want to in our company. For instance, one of our shareholder benefits is called "tag along rights". Whatever I'm doing that day, be it blending in the lab or doing a wine tasting or walking the vineyards, any shareholder has the right to go along and participate. Also, if the company can help a shareholder in a particular cause, we will make it a priority to try and help.
One such cause was the Rich Seubert Celebrity fund raiser for the Marshfield clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The company is fortunate to have Charles Dowd as a shareholder. He not only brings the company tremendous expertise as a financial guru sitting on both our financial board and our board of directors, but also helps promote our brand through a local charity. Annually, the Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire holds a fundraiser benefitting the heart clinic sponsored by Rich Seubert, the offensive starting center for the New York Giants.
The day started out with the Seubert Celebrity Trap Shoot. We as contestants got to match our trap shooting skills amongst the whole New York Giants front line. Rich Seubert was able to convince the rest of his starting line to support the Marshfield Clinic. In was in the cheering section, since I haven't shot a shotgun for over twenty years. Rich is from the Eau Claire area and the clinic saved his grandmother's life. I haven't been one to watch or pay attention to football, but after this day, the team I'll follow will be the New York Giants. What a great and giving bunch of guys.
After the Celebrity trap shoot we held a wine tasting featuring the Scott Harvey and Jana Wines. Notice the tasting was held after the trap shoot, not before. Following the wine tasting we all participated in a great evening and celebrity dinner where the wines served were also our wines. All the wines were donated by sharholders, Chuck and Barbara Dowd along with their daughter, Katy and son in law, Frank.
It was a wonderful day with over $200,000 being raised for the clinic and our wines getting tremendous exposure thanks to the Dowds and the LoRussos. In the picture from left to right are Frank (who is a doctor at the Marshfield Clinic, Katy, the big guy with the Super Bowl ring on is Rich Seubert, next is TJ Burns (the marketing director for Buck knives), myself with beer in hand, Chuck Dowd and last is CJ Buck. He also supported the day giving out the wonderful Buck Knives as prizes. Personally, I have always carried a small Buck pocket knife since I was a teenager and still have one in my pocket today.