Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards Announces New Philanthropic Partnerships

Alma Rosa will host annual Vintners 5 Miler benefiting Mental Health on September 12; 10% of all sales generated in May to support research for Mental Health Month

(May 11, 2020; Buellton, Calif.)—Bob Zorich, proprietor of Alma Rosa Winery in the Sta. Rita Hills, announced today a long-term commitment to support research and treatment for anxiety and depression. In observance of Mental Health Month, the winery will donate 10% of all sales generated during the month of May to the Mental Wellness Center of Santa Barbara.

In continuance of its commitment to this cause, the winery will partner with the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Foundation to co-host the Vintner’s 5-Miler on September 12, 2020, benefiting the Wellness Center and One Mind, a mental health organization dedicated to the research of causes, treatments and cures for brain-related diseases.

The Vintners 5 Miler will start at Alma Rosa’s Ranch House and will take participants through Alma Rosa’s beautiful estate vineyards. A silent auction will follow. The event will donate the net proceeds to One Mind and the Mental Wellness Center of Santa Barbara. Participants will also be able to make additional donations or collect pledges to benefit either cause. One Mind is dedicated to supporting research in curing and treating brain-related diseases. The Mental Wellness Center provides on-the-ground mental health support within the Santa Barbara community. For the latest news on the Vintners 5 Miler visit www.sbvintnersrun.com.

Zorich has a long history of supporting mental health causes and is currently Chairman of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute, a Houston, Texas-based organization that provides educational programs to improve the delivery of mental health care, raise awareness and educate the community on addiction, mental health, and caregiving issues, as well as reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction.

“Even with all the assets we have today in medicine and technology, there is no continuum of care that exists for mental health. Studies show that 20-25% of our population is impacted by mental health issues, and if you start counting friends and loved ones who are affected as a result, that number is huge. We are committed to supporting organizations that provide proper care and treatment for those in need,” says Zorich.

Inspired by Shari and Glen Staglin of Napa Valley’s Staglin Family Vineyard, who established One Mind in 1995, Zorich approached the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association in 2019 to discuss hosting an annual fundraiser at the winery.

“Anxiety and depression are among society’s most prevalent disorders and pose a risk every bit as urgent as our current pandemic,” says Zorich. “We hope that these funds will aid members of our local community and beyond who are struggling. We look forward to hosting the annual Vintners 5 Miler, and other initiatives, for years to come.”