Napa, CA - Queen of the Valley Medical Center will sponsor a wine tasting and concert to benefit "Operation: With Love From Home" on Saturday, May 16, at the Cameo Cinema in St Helena. Operation: With Love From Home provides care packages for American troops far from home.
In addition to tastings of premium wines from Napa and Sonoma, the event will include a concert from acclaimed singer/songwriter Robert Herrera. Mr. Herrera is a multifaceted artist who plays an eclectic selection of soul, reggae, blues and contemporary favorites. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for the wine tasting and the concert will begin at 9 p.m.
Proceeds will be used to send as many care packages as possible to overseas troops to thank them for their courage and dedication. "These care packages provide needed items and morale to our troops," says Liz Alessio, Community Benefits Coordinator. "This is consistent with the Queen’s mission of caring for and supporting our community."
Tickets for the event are $25 each and include the concert and two complimentary wine tastings. They can be purchased at the Cameo box office or by calling 707-251-2007.
This event is the first part of Operation: With Love From Home and is designed to help pay the costs of shipping the care packages. Last year, with the help and support of the entire community, the hospital coordinated the collection of enough food, clothing and personal care items to fill 434 care packages. Also included in each package were Christmas cards from local school children and a written prayer from Queen’s Spiritual Care Department. The packages were sent to several fighting units and distributed among the soldiers during the holidays.
The idea for the project occurred to Queen of the Valley employee Lisa Huntley during dedication of the "Pray for Peace" display case at The Queen, which features pictures and stories of children and grandchildren of Queen of the Valley employees who are in the military. Huntley’s son Mitchell Ray, a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps, was stationed in Iraq at the time and had commented to Huntley about how some of the other soldiers had not received any supplies or cards from home.
This year’s drive for items will begin in October, to get a jump on the holiday season. For more information visit http://www.thequeen.org/love
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org