Local Santa Barbara Country winery gains traction with its 3rd annual fundraising walk benefiting mental health organizations

(July 14, 2022; Buellton, Calif.)—Santa Barbara County’s Alma Rosa Winery’s third annual Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at the Alma Rosa Ranch in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills. The 10,000-step, approximately 4.5-mile, walk will feature varied terrain and sweeping views of the estate vineyards. Interested participants may visit the event’s website to register for the walk, view leaderboards or make personal donations to the beneficiary of their choice: One Mind or Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara.

Online registration for Peace of Mind will close on Friday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. and event check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on July 23, with the walk scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. Parking will be available onsite at 7250 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton, CA, and the walk is expected to last approximately two hours. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and other refreshments at the top of the estate while taking in sweeping hilltop views of the vineyards, followed by a small reception at the Alma Rosa Ranch House at the end of the walk. Additional refreshments will be provided by this year’s event sponsors, including IQBAR, Coastal Community Builders, SunButter, Liquid I.V., UNiTE Food and Genius Juice.

Originally conceived by Alma Rosa’s proprietors Bob and Barb Zorich and General Manager Debra Eagle to support community services for mental health, research and treatment for anxiety and depression, the winery’s Peace of Mind fundraising campaign has raised $345,000 over the last two years. This year, the Zorichs will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000 for each benefitting organization, for a total of $70,000.

“We cannot wait to welcome guests to our estate this month to participate in our upcoming fundraising walk,” says General Manager Debra Eagle. “Anxiety and depression continue to take a toll on our communities and we hope to continue to be a part of the solution—your generous donations directly fund the critical initiatives of these two organizations.”

For more information about Alma Rosa’s commitment to mental health awareness and support, please visit: https://almarosawinery.com/about/community-commitment/

About Alma Rosa Winery
Alma Rosa Winery is dedicated to making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that express the terroir of its unique appellation, the Sta. Rita Hills. Alma Rosa’s wines are layered, vibrant and balanced, reflecting the cool climate impact of the Pacific Ocean breezes that are funneled through the unique east-west transverse mountain range of the region. The winery was founded in 2005 by Richard Sanford, who was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Sta. Rita Hills in 1971. Today the winery is owned by Bob and Barb Zorich, who purchased the winery in 2014. Samra Morris is winemaker.

For more information about Alma Rosa Winery, please visit almarosawinery.com.

About Mental Wellness Center
Celebrating 75 years of service to Santa Barbara, the Mental Wellness Center has been a community leader in building hope for individuals and families, providing support in recovery and raising awareness of mental health. This important organization provides mental health education to local students, a residential services program which safely provides a home to more than 100 community members across seven residential sites, and serves individuals and families impacted by mental illness through support groups, employment services, and social connection programs like the Fellowship Club, an on-site social day club and safe space with resources for those working on their mental health and wellness.

About One Mind
Inspired by the founders’ lived experience, One Mind is the leading brain health nonprofit committed to healing the lives of people impacted by brain illness and injury through global, collaborative action. One Mind accelerates brain health research and advocacy to enable all individuals with mental health conditions to build healthy, productive lives. Working from science to services to society to drive global, collaborative action, One Mind accelerates research to generate breakthroughs that translate into scalable diagnostic methods and cures; amplifies the voices of those with lived experience, guiding programs to meet the community’s needs; and educates society to foster the global acceptance and empowerment of neurodiversity.

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