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A 9/11 Story of Hope

On Tuesday we traded in the girl talk, creative hors d’oeuvres, and cute floral arrangements for office chairs, florescent lighting, and an abundance of men in suits at Cantor Commercial Real Estate‘s Los Angeles office. Every Cantor employee is touched by 9/11 since their New York office lost two-thirds of its team in the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Following the fatalities, Cantor Relief Fund and Charity Day were formed as a way to remember the fallen and aid the surviving victims.

Gathering after work in their office to toast to NYC, the LA team felt proud to participate in the fundraising efforts and remembrance. Making a difference tasted good as guests nibbled on treats from Bouchon that paired well with the hit of the night, ONEHOPE Cabernet. Something about men and Cabernet… they just love it! They also loved that we donated 10% of the wine sales from their party to the Cantor Relief Fund. While it was a smaller donation compared to what Charity Day raised in total, it was the act of joining together and spreading awareness that filled them with hope as they remembered their loved ones. Cantor Fitzgerald donates 100% of transactions every September 11 – this year a whopping $12 million!

This September 11th, we brought change into the office, mirroring ONEHOPE’s mantra ‘Feel Something Now’. This small team will continue to bring change each year, and we hope it can lead to inspiring you in some way too.

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Back to School

Summer for the kiddos is coming to a close, which means it’s back to the classroom again! You’re probably rushing around with shopping lists, laundry loads to finish and lunches to pack. It’s safe to say, it takes a lot of work to prepare your child for a successful school year. Unfortunately, for some, the luxury of a school year doesn’t exist.

As we know, in some countries, children don’t have access to quality education. And since education creates opportunity, the importance of making a difference has struck our hearts this summer. We’ve been busy getting our own kids ready for the school year, but we’ve also been busy figuring out how to support communities in the developing world.

That’s why we’re partnering with Pencils of Promise during the month of September. Pencils of Promise is committed to working hard to create schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. Supporting their mission on our end is simple. It’s as simple as getting your friends together over wine. During September, every case of ONEHOPE Wine sold at events funds a child’s education for an ENTIRE school year. Simple, right?

We hope you’ll join us in making a difference in the lives of children around the world!

“Youth is, after all, just a moment, but it is the moment, the spark, that you always carry in your heart.” -Raisa M. Gorbachev

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Patriotic Party

Fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, carnivals, family reunions… yep, we’re talking about the 4th of July! We love this holiday. A day spent outdoors soaking up the sun while enjoying yummy food, loved ones, and all things red-white-and-blue. It’s a great day. But what we love most about this holiday is the overwhelming presence of patriotism. After all, we’re celebrating the independence of our country.

This Independence Day, we’ll be celebrating and honoring patriotism all month long in our own way. By partnering with SWAN, Service Women’s Action Network, we’re taking a stand to support, defend, and empower today’s servicewomen and women veterans of all eras. We’ll be spreading their mission by donating 10% of our July event sales back to their human rights organization. It’s a perfect fit for honoring our country next month. Instead of heading to the grocery store to stock up on wine for your 4th of July bash, let us come over to pour ONEHOPE Wine for you and your guests. Besides supporting the partner charities ONEHOPE Wine donates half their profits to, you’ll also be supporting SWAN.

So let’s get busy planning. We have some really fun party planning ideas on our 4th of July Pinterest board. Here’s a taste of our patriotic party board…

Red-white-and-blue wine glasses!

Keep things cool with this festive wine chiller!

Wave away the heat with these adorable DIY patriotic fans!

If you’re in California and would like to host an event to sip and support SWAN, sign up here!

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ONEHOPE 5th

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

A lot can happen in 5 years. What if you could say that in 5 years you’ve donated $750,000 to charity? Well that’s just what ONEHOPE Wine has done. In just 5 short years, they’ve managed to turn giving back into a lifestyle of hope and change by donating 50% of their profits to partner charities. Today marks ONEHOPE’s 5th birthday and there’s definitely a reason to celebrate!

All week long, ONEHOPE Wine has been blogging about each of their 5 core varietal wines and the charity that each supports. They’ve even been presenting a special birthday wine pairing each day. Something sweet, of course! But the best part about these blog posts have been facts and figures they’ve included. Yesterday they highlighted their Chardonnay and its commitment to detecting breast cancer early. They shared that in 5 years of business, they’ve donated a total of $111,775 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, that’s 1,117 mammograms provided to women without health insurance. That on it’s own is reason enough to celebrate, but it doesn’t stop there. They’ve planted trees to reverse the effects of global warming on our planet, honored our troops and the families of fallen soldiers, saved children infected with AIDS in Africa and India, and helped provide care and treatment to children with autism. Still need a reason to drink their wine? Head over to their blog to read exactly how they give back with each bottle sold.

Curious as to how it all started? Be sure to watch the ONEHOPE story here, told by CEO Jake Kloberdanz.

 

“For five years we’ve had the pleasure of developing and selling our socially conscious wine and working towards HOPE for the future, and we still have great things ahead. We will continue to work hard to grow our charitable cause brand, make our customers and affiliates happy, and help incredible charities across the country.” – ONEHOPE Wine

Thanks for all the incredible work you’ve done these past 5 years. We can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will hold. We’ll be toasting in your honor all weekend! Cheers to you, ONEHOPE!

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Young Survival

Today is the 3rd annual celebration of the Chardonnay grape, and we definitely have a reason to honor ONEHOPE Chardonnay. Not only is it deliciously tasty, ONEHOPE Chardonnay gives 50% of its profits to breast cancer charities all year long. We think the perfect way to celebrate “Chardonnay Day”  is to talk about the cause behind the wine. So today Britt Levinson, a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at the young age of 20 years old, shares her journey with us…

How did you find out you had breast cancer? Did you detect it yourself?
I did not detect my cancer myself. Like most 20 year olds, doing regular breast exams was the last thing on my mind. I was getting an annual exam along with all the other physical exams and immunizations I would need to study abroad my junior year. During my exam the practitioner stayed on a spot on my breast a little bit longer than everywhere else. She asked me if I would mind following up on it, and of course being oblivious that anything could be wrong, I said sure, no biggie. The crazy part was that I had gone in to the same practitioner the year before to have an annual and she actually said I could wait another year if I wasn’t comfortable (I must have had a really uncomfortable look on my face). Had I opted to have my annual that year, more than likely she would have felt nothing and knowing me, I probably wouldn’t have had one the following year. Needless to say, I would be dead. Colleen Jones NP saved my life.

How did you feel when you first heard the diagnosis?
When Colleen first told me that they found cancer in my right breast, my initial reaction was to laugh, naturally, and hysterically. I’m only 20 and breast cancer didn’t run in my family. This is a joke, right?  Where is Ashton?! Am I being Punked?  Unfortunately, I wasn’t. I said thank you very much and I will get in touch with a surgeon. Luckily Colleen said she would go with me to my appointment if I wanted. I was grateful. I left the office, got in my truck, drove home, and ordered pizza. Screw studying, get me some pizza! The first person I called was my best friend in Arizona.  He was so supportive and told me to call my parents right away. I called my dad and as soon as I told him he went silent, then he went into what I call ‘Lawyer mode”….. Okay, what do we do…

Describe your treatment.
I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstructing in late June of 2005. I had about one month of recovery time before my chemo started, which consisted of a lot of pain pills and watching a lot of Looney Tunes. Recovery from surgery was hard and painful. I couldn’t wash my own hair for 2 weeks. The weirdest part for me about the whole thing was the night before sitting in my bathroom staring in the mirror thinking, wow, the twins are going to be gone tomorrow. No more breasts. I stood there feeling the tumor and kept thinking, this is going to kill me if I don’t do anything about it. That helped me get through it. Chemo started a month later and treatments were about once a week from what I remember, and it was brutal. The first treatment put me in the hospital due to throwing up for 12 hours straight. Gross! Chemo is exactly like they show it in the movies. You are pale, skinny and bald. (Although I like to think I was the sexiest bald woman on the block.) I did about 2 months of chemo treatments, which left me weak and fatigues, all the time. I had my ups where I could ride my bike in the afternoons, and my downs where I couldn’t get out of bed. I continued with IV Herceptin treatment for the next year and was able to return to school. I lost a lot of weight and strength so I had to start from scratch to get healthy again. I was on daily oral Tamoxifen for 5 years after (horrible hot flashes!!!) which I finished about a year and a half ago thankfully. Now I am off all medication and I am living my life as healthy as possible. My treatment will be life long. I exercise daily, eat healthy, and educate others about the importance of prevention and a healthy lifestyle. I did years of therapy after to help me deal with the aftermath of having cancer. My therapy to this day is a journal and a pair of boxing gloves (oh yeah baby!!). Humor was another huge part of my treatment. Without humor, I wouldn’t have been able to function. To this day I am still amazed at how many boob jokes I can get away with. I can’t take life too seriously, it is meant to be rough but fun.

What kind of resources were available to you?
I wasn’t really aware of what was available to me at the time. When someone tells you that you have cancer, you go into survival mode. But now that I look back on it, I had a plethora of resources. Of course there are breast cancer support groups, but for me at such a young age, these didn’t resonate with me. I found an organization called the Young Survival Coalition, which is a support resource for women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. They have online forums and also hold annual bike rides around the country (the Tour de Pink) that helps raise money and awareness for the cause. I also had my family. They would have found anything I could have ever needed.  My advice is to reach out to friends and family. Also, try and find other survivors to talk to, if possible.

What kind of effect did it have on your family members and friends?
It was VERY hard on my family. I can’t imagine what it was like to have a daughter call to tell you that she has a cancer that could potentially kill her. As for my friends, they felt helpless. I didn’t exactly help that case though. I didn’t know how to act or where my emotions were supposed to be. I pushed my friends and family away during treatment and it took years to get my relationships back on track. Even through all of this, they were always there. I couldn’t have asked for more.

Who or what gave you Hope and kept you motivated to keep fighting? 
What gave me hope was my family. They probably didn’t’ know it at the time because I was on a crazy emotional roller coaster, but just seeing how much they cared was an inspiration. My parents were amazing when I moved back in with them during treatment. The other thing that kept me motivated was cycling. It was my ‘me time’. I guess you could say exercise in general. It is still what keeps me motivated today!

What has life been like for you post-treatment?
Life has been hard, very hard. It has gotten much better in the past few years. The first few years after my treatment, I was still confused as to how I was just going to pick up where I left off. It was impossible for me. I left college for a bit to get myself emotionally healthy. This is going to be a project that never ends, as it shouldn’t. I have made great decisions and made horrible decisions, which is all part of life.

I am now almost done with nursing school and my goal is to be an Oncology Infusion nurse. It took me awhile to get to this point but I believe in perseverance and never giving up.  I WILL reach my goal. ALSO, I have turned into a dog person.  My 3 1/2 year old pup Reo is my sidekick and we take on the world together, superhero capes and all.

If someone has a loved one who is going through breast cancer, do you have any suggestions on things they can do (or shouldn’t do) to help?
TALK ABOUT IT!!! I would suggest getting a therapist right away. Get on that couch and start sobbing people! If you keep your emotions bottled up inside it’s only going to come back to haunt you. Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. I would also suggest eating healthy during treatment. If your body is going to work at it’s best to fight the cancer and keep up with the treatments, it needs to be fueled as best and healthy as possible. I would also suggest finding something that is all your own during treatment. Find something that you can do just for yourself. For me, it was exercise. I got on my dad’s bike and rode the neighborhoods for a half an hour when I felt that I had the strength. This was MY time. My time to clear my head, cry, laugh, pretend I was in a race with Lance Armstrong. You need that time for yourself where no one can interrupt.  People wanting to help you and be there for you during your treatment is natural. All they want to do it help, and it doesn’t go unappreciated but sometimes you just need to be by yourself. I can’t say ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ because treatment is different for everyone but these are my suggestions.

In what ways can companies like ONEHOPE be of support to the breast cancer community?
ONEHOPE can really support the action of prevention and awareness. Focusing on prevention as well as the awareness of ones body is very important. Young women need to be proactive in their own health care. I also strongly believe it is important to never forget the men that are affected by this disease too. This is one aspect of the Breast Cancer culture that really drives me nuts. I understand that it is somewhat rare for men to be diagnosed with breast cancer but it still happens and it is equally important to talk about it. :)

How does being a survivor change your outlook and involvement towards Breast Cancer now?
I believe more in prevention. Yes, treatment is a must once you are diagnosed, but I really see the importance of prevention now after the fact.  Eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of yourself mentally is of the utmost importance. Be proactive!

Thank you, Britt, for sharing your incredible journey with us! You’re a fighter and an inspiration to us all!

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Autism Awareness Month: Let’s Act Today!

Hello April! It’s nice to see you again. While it can seem like an uneventful month, sandwiched between the holidays and summertime, April does have a reputation… springtime showers, tax day, and even a day set aside to play practical jokes on each other. But really that’s not what comes to mind when the ONEHOPE Wine family thinks of April. This month is dedicated to something bigger, something that affects a staggering number of families on a daily basis. April is about hope. Hope in finding a cure for autism.

For families who have kids with autism, it’s not something they think about just one month out of the year. They live it everyday. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder affects 1 in 88 children in the United States. That’s a whopping 78% increase compared to a decade ago. The number of children diagnosed with autism rises every year and it’s not clear why. What is clear is that much more needs to be done in the area of research, diagnosis and treatment. That’s why ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits from Cabernet Sauvignon sales to the fight against autism.

We know having children is not cheap, but raising a child with autism can take a tremendous financial toll. It’s no surprise that providing treatment to help children with autism achieve their highest potential is expensive. That’s why ONEHOPE has partnered specifically with ACT Today! The non-profit organization’s mission is to provide funding and support for families who cannot afford specialized care for their children. They fill a necessary gap by providing assistance for these children today to ensure they have a better tomorrow.

We live on hope – ONEHOPE, for better a future. This month (and every month of the year) we hope for a cure. That starts with raising more awareness. With more awareness comes necessary funding for research. Autism Awareness Month is about giving a voice to the families who need it. With ONEHOPE, you can take part year-around. You can help families in need of resources feel something now by purchasing ONEHOPE Cabernet. You can also host a Hope at Home event to highlight the urgency of raising autism awareness. Just gather your friends for a wine tasting party and we’ll donate a percentage of event sales to any autism organization of your choice. YOU can make a difference by Acting Today.

ONEHOPE Cabernet for the fight against autism

These blue ribbon mini cupcakes from Cupcakes Couture are the perfect touch for a Hope at Home party!

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Here’s to Our Hearts

Valentine’s Day is a funny holiday. It usually stirs up some mixed feelings. While some people embrace the hearts, everlasting love, flowers and chocolates identified with Valentine’s Day, others are more cynical. Let’s face it.. we’ve all been there once or twice. Regardless of how you feel, you’ll be seeing (and probably already are) hearts everywhere you go. Let these hearts remind you to take care of your own.

Heart disease is no joke. According to The American Heart Association, it’s the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Hearing these statistics, we knew we had to get involved. Seeing that the ultimate “heart holiday” was upon us, we realized this was the perfect time to take action. During the month of February, we’re teaming up with The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. This movement encourages women to wear red, spread the word and raise funds to fight this preventable disease. And there are many ways you can show support too.

You can join the thousands who will  “Go Red” on National Wear Red Day this February 3rd. You can also raise funds by hosting a Hope at Home event. Simply throw a heart themed party and we’ll donate 10% of event sales towards the campaign. We’ll also throw in a free RED ONEHOPE Wine t-shirt. Invite the girls over for a night of wine and cupcakes, or throw a couples wine tasting party. Add a few chocolate treats and you’re set! They say dark chocolate and a little red wine can do a heart good, right? Well here’s a chance to support the reason we celebrate Valentine’s Day — hearts. Protect the organ of love by having a Hope at Home party and making it your mission to fight heart disease in women.

Support Go Red for Women by wearing red on February 3rd

Decorate with this Burlap Heart Banner

Calzone Hearts! Perfect to serve at your party.

Cute craft idea! Make a Cork Heart!

For more of our fun party planning ideas, follow us on Pinterest! To host a Hope at Home party in your own home, sign up here.

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Our Resolution? Drink More Wine!

A new year. A fresh start. A resolution. Maybe your resolution is to bring change, break a bad habit, or to improve on something. Whatever it might be, or how hard we try to stick with it, there’s no doubt the new year causes us to reflect. Well we reflected. We reflected on the amazing year 2011 was for Hope at Home. We won’t bore you with specifics, but what was most memorable about last year was the funds raised for amazing causes. And really that had nothing to do with us. All we had to do (as event specialists) was show up to events, pour and talk about ONEHOPE Wine to guests. Little did we know we would meet so many incredible hosts, passionate about raising awareness for a cause so obviously close to their hearts’. Passionate enough to gather all their friends and family, throw a party, and fund-raise! Funds were raised for all kinds of causes, from Susan G Komen 3-day for the Cure, to Team in Training, to the Alzheimer’s Association.

As we look to the new year standing before us, filled with endless possibilities, we can’t help but think about all the ways to give back and make a difference. Maybe your new year’s resolution is to participate in a walk, marathon, or triathlon. Maybe it’s to take a stand against a life threatening disease. It could be anything, and that’s what excites us the most. Chances are you’ve been personally affected by something that has changed you or has created a spark within you to take action. And that’s what we feel makes Hope at Home so unique. To spread awareness and fund-raise for any charity while sipping on wine with your circle of friends. Raising money for your walk or local charity has never been so easy… and fun!

A new year brings so many exciting opportunities. Maybe you participate and raise money for a breast cancer walk every year, or maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t been sure where to start. Either way, we want to help you reach your goal. We promise your friends won’t say no when you invite them over to enjoy wine and support your cause. So while you’re looking ahead at the 2012 calendar, making resolutions and plans to get involved, remember that giving back is simple. It’s as simple as popping a cork!

Team ONEHOPE Wine raised over $16,000 for Team in Training at the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, June 2011.

Kandi Rehard’s fundraiser for the 3 day walk for Breast Cancer

Team UpsidetoDementia was the top fundraising team for the Long Beach Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Rebecca Vogel, raised money for the 3-Day walk for Breast Cancer

For now, Hope at Home is offered in California. To sign up to host your event and make 2012 a year to remember, click here!

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Dreaming of a Red Christmas

A Red Christmas? Yes! Because red is a vibrant color that stands for so much… like our favorite ONEHOPE red wine — Merlot, and AIDS awareness! December is all about RED because not only is it Christmas, but it’s also AIDS awareness month.

Gap, Apple, Nike, Starbucks, to name a few, have all participated in the Product Red campaign for AIDS. Their products, like red shoelaces and red iPod Nanos, were all designed with a purpose – to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. The way they do this? By contributing a portion of their profits to The Global Fund. Hmm sound familiar? ONEHOPE Wine has a similar concept, donating half their profits to partner charities. Well good news! You can do your part in the fight against AIDS all year long just by sipping on ONEHOPE Merlot.

However, our product, ONEHOPE Merlot, supports a different organization than The Global Fund. Fifty percent of profits from Merlot sales are donated to AIDS/LifeCycle in the effort to increase knowledge and awareness about the disease. AIDS/LifeCycle is pretty awesome. It’s a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money to help communities fund services and programs for those fighting AIDS, and provides support to their friends and families. Pretty awesome, right?

Handcrafted by Robert Mondavi Jr., the fruit forward ONEHOPE Merlot finishes smooth with a nice velvety texture. Soft, round and fruitful… it’s perfect to serve over the holidays and will compliment just about anything you serve. You can also count on it to please the crowds as it’s been one of the cornerstone wine-making grapes for hundreds of years. Now it’s all coming together! It makes sense that our Merlot is paired with the fight against AIDS. The disease has been such a consistent threat to millions of people over the years and Merlot has consistently been one of marquee varietals for numerous decades.

The beginning of the end of AIDS is near. Medications have come a long way, and people are living longer, healthier lives, but there is still a long way to go. While you’re surrounded by RED this month, don’t forget all the things this vibrant color stands for. And you can help just by drinking a glass of RED.

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