Traveling Vineyard has partnered with the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and released a new wine to support military families.
The Ipswich, Mass., direct selling company has partnered with NMFA of Alexandria, Va., to award a $14,000 scholarship to Tessa Fulmer, a military spouse pursuing her master’s degree in teaching at Clemson University.
The scholarship was funded in advance by Traveling Vineyard and will be supported through sales of 2015 Sky Blossom, Mendocino County Syrah, California. Sky Blossom was created exclusively to benefit military spouses and to support NMFA’s mission. For every bottle of Sky Blossom purchased through Traveling Vineyard’s network of independent Wine Guides, $1 will be donated to NMFA on an ongoing basis.
“We have been inspired by so many military spouses and former military within our own Traveling Vineyard family,” said Rick Libby, CEO and “Chief Grape Stomper” of Traveling Vineyard whose father, Edgar, was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army. “We have witnessed their stories, sacrifices, and joys firsthand. Supporting NMFA and giving opportunity to military families is a tangible way for us to show our appreciation.
The scholarship was awarded to Mrs. Fulmer in a surprise presentation at Traveling Vineyard’s Harvest Conference for Wine Guides at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, in front of 500 of the company’s independent Wine Guides.
“We are so grateful to Traveling Vineyard for its commitment to military families and the work we do at the National Military Family Foundation to support them,” said NMFA Executive Director Joyce Wessel Raezer. “Military spouses often have to put their academic and professional goals on the back burner. Thanks to Traveling Vineyard, Tessa and other spouses like her will be one step closer to achieving their dreams.”