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WWIF Recognized as WSU Benefactor (Press Release)

July 15, 2013

Over the past 10 years the WWIF (Washington Wine Industry Foundation) attained one of the highest levels of giving to WSU, that of “Benefactor.” Over $440,000 has been donated to WSU in both grant and earned monies providing support for programs like Grapevine Cold Hardiness, the Grape Foundation Block at Prosser, Viticulture Education, Soil Fertility, a Grape Pest Management Survey and a Clean Plant Campaign.

The benchmark was acknowledged during the last meeting of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors with a “Benefactor” plaque presented by Washington State University representative Caroline Troy and Ste Michelle Wine Estates CEO Ted Baseler.

Troy, who is the WSU Foundation Alumni & Development director, along with Baseler, thanked the Foundation board for their support of faculty, staff, students, research, and innovative programs that help to improve the quality of life in communities throughout Washington state.

Baseler said, “Thank you for your contribution and support, and thank you all for serving. This is volunteer work but it takes time and effort and we appreciate that.”

WWIF chair Roger Gamache shared that he "accepted on behalf of all the people that support the foundation with donations and those who have stepped up in the industry.”

About Washington Wine Industry Foundation

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to strengthen the future of the Washington wine industry by advancing education, research and leadership. Its vision is a Washington wine industry that is thriving and vibrant. For more information visit

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