In Memoriam: Sam Sarick

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of our fellow director, Sam Sarick on March 26, 2018. Sam was the co-founder of GFH Global Foundation and very instrumental in its success throughout the years. We have lost a great friend, supporter and director. Sam was the epitome of a gentleman and compassionate about helping those less fortunate than himself. We have travelled throughout the world together as board members and were stranded together on September 11 in Nicaragua and Honduras. We travelled in un-air conditioned vans and slept in the worst of hotels! But nothing bothered Sam! Sam was a wise and gracious man whose concern for family and friends is legendary.

It was a privilege to have known Sam and witnessed the amazing love he had for all his family, friends and colleagues.

The love of wine brought Sam into our lives and we shared some of the most amazing vintages together. His generosity, support, and wisdom were greatly appreciated. He will be deeply missed but will never be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Memorial donations may be made to the Temmy Latner Centre For Palliative Care, 416-586-8203.

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Canada to provide $12-million more for land-mine clearing around world

Canada will announce nearly $12-million in new funding for the elimination of land mines around the world, including in formerly held Islamic State territory in Syria, marking the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa land-mines treaty.

The funding is meant to support the safe return of civilians to Raqqa and southern Syria by removing dangerous explosives left in homes, schools and public areas by the Islamic State. Canada will also support removing mines in Cambodia, Laos, Colombia and Ukraine – countries that are among the most affected by land mines and other explosive remnants of war. Matt DeCourcey, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will make the announcement Monday, two decades after the Ottawa Treaty banning land mines came into force.

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Buy Ticket for Gaia Gaja of Gaja

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Location: Sarasota Florida
Individual Tickets: $500 each
Corporate Table (10 seats): $7500

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Gaia Gaja of Gaja

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GFH Global Foundation Helps Victims of Fires in California’s Wine Country

In response to the devastating fires in Northern California, GFH Global Foundation is launching a fundraising drive to help some of those who have suffered the greatest damage – hard-working employees of the wine industry.

GFH Global Foundation Board Members David Pearson (Opus One) and Jean-Guillaume Prats (LVMH) – along with stalwart supporter, Tom Porter (Porter Family Vineyards) – are currently assessing the situation on the ground.

In keeping with the grant-making approach of GFH Global Foundation, we will first visit the places where donations might be used and determine where the need is the greatest. Next, we will identify projects that can make the greatest difference.

According to Arlene Willis, Founder and CEO of GFH Global Foundation: “For more nearly 20 years, Grapes has leveraged the incredible generosity of the wine community to address suffering across the globe. Now is the time to help those working in vineyards whose lives have been damaged by these fires. The people who make these great wines deserve our strong support.”

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Music Center Equipment - Lavalla
Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped
World Education Fund
GFH Global On-going Projects
Walking Unidos - Nicaragua
Hospital Albert Schweitzer
Viola Wheeler Music Program
Lumberyard - Free Youth Arts Program


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Buy Tickets for Greatest of Grapes Legends Dinner III

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Location: Restaurant Daniel, New York, NY
Tickets: $1500/each, seating limited to 60

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Greatest of Grapes Legends Dinner

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Famille Hugel announces the loss of Etienne Hugel

Riquewihr, April 10, 2016 – It is with the greatest sadness that Famille Hugel announces the loss of Etienne Hugel who died suddenly on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Aged 57, Etienne Hugel had joined the family business in 1982 and was in charge of promoting Famille Hugel wines abroad. Now exported to more than 100 countries around the world, Famille Hugel wines are today proud to be represented by a great number of Alsace wine lovers who were able to share many pleasurable and convivial moments with Etienne Hugel.

“A visionary and a hard worker, my son Etienne traveled the world relentlessly, showing unparalleled people skills and infectious enthusiasm,” declared André Hugel. “Throughout his life he was able to communicate his passion, his professionalism and his personal values to all those with whom he worked.”

All the Primum Familiae Vini members are deeply saddened by his passing away and extend their condolences to his father, André Hugel, his wife Kaoru and his two children, Charlotte and Jean-Frédéric.
We all have lost a dear friend and great supporter of the Primum Familiae Vini.

Mireia Torres , President of the Primum Familiae Vini

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Greatest of Grapes II, a huge success

We couldn’t have done it without you

Our event was a huge success and thanks to you, we raised over $100,000.

Thank you to the participating wine producers, volunteers, GFH Global Foundation Legends team. Funds will be distributed to Hope System of Care (COV), Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), and Laval School and Orphanage.


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