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Naked Wines raises $500,000 for California fire relief

Published:  30 October, 2017

Naked Wines has stepped up to help California’s winemaker communities by raising a bumper sum for those most affected by the recent fires.

Over $500,000 has been raised by the online crowd-funding platform and its fundraisers around the world, dubbed “Naked Angels”, including winemakers from the US, UK and Australia.

Organisers said a sum in excess of $500,000 ($589,000 at the time of writing) will go to “those who need it the most” – the individuals who work in fields and cellars whose homes and livelihoods have been devastated by the state’s most deadliest ever fires.

A $150,000 sum has already been sent to organisations in Napa County and Sonoma County, including the Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Community Foundation Sonoma Valley and the Latino Community Foundation which are distributing emergency services and help with shelter and legal services throughout the region.

Naked Wines have contributed to the total with a $100,000 donation.

Individual donations made up from Angels across the world have also contributed $70,000 in the UK, $70,000 in Australia, and $290,000 in the US.

Nick Devlin, president of Naked Wines USA, said: “We are very proud of how our Angels across the world have come together to support those who need it the most.

“Many of the people who do the hard work in the cellars, vineyards and our local community have been left devastated by the fires, they are the unsung heroes of the Californian wine business and in many cases have lost their homes and jobs. The fires have hit them the hardest and we are doing what we can to get this incredible winemaking country back on its feet.”

Naked Wines continues to donate 100% of the sales proceeds of its cellar crew wines to the cause.