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Inspire Napa Valley's Inaugural Weekend Raises Over $1 Million

Three-Day Event Showcases World-Class Napa Valley Wine Region to Support the Alzheimer's Association
by press release
May 08, 2018

NAPA, Calif. (May 8, 2018) – Wine industry tastemaker Kerrin Laz, founder and proprietor of the K. LAZ WINE COLLECTION, concluded the inaugural Inspire Napa Valley on Sunday and announced today that the weekend of events raised over $1 million in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. This dynamic fundraising event committed to inspiring change and raising awareness in Napa Valley brought wine industry leaders and enthusiasts together to support national funding for both Alzheimer’s disease research and care for families affected by the disease in Northern California. The event raised over $500,000 through the live auction and Fund a Need paddle raise, bringing the event total to over $1 million.

“When my mother was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, I knew I must act to help fight this disease, which is why I founded Inspire Napa Valley,” said Inspire Napa Valley founder Kerrin Laz. “Through this three-day event, wine acted as the catalyst to advance awareness. We are thrilled to have reached our goal of raising more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia research while supporting individuals who are currently living with the disease.”

Inspire Napa Valley offered wine enthusiasts, philanthropists, and industry leaders a unique opportunity to mingle with Napa’s top vintners and winemakers. The VIP weekend began with an evening wine reception and dinner on Friday, May 4 at Abreu Las Posadas Vineyards on Howell Mountain, with legendary Napa Valley winemakers, chefs and vintners helping Abreu’s winemaker Brad Grimes and Vinous founder Antonio Galloni in the outdoor kitchen. Vineyard grower David Abreu went deep into his cellar to share some of his best vintages of Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon from all of his estate vineyards. Saturday morning commenced with a special wine tasting experience at PRESS Napa Valley. This exclusive tasting seminar was moderated by Vinous Founder Antonio Galloni, featuring exceptional wines chosen by distinguished wine industry panelists. The panelists included Mary Maher (vineyard manager, Harlan Estate), Celia Welch (consulting winemaker), Bruce Phillips (grapegrower, VHR- Vine Hill Ranch), Graeme Macdonald (vintner, MacDonald Vineyards) and Willi Sherer (MS and Wine Director, REDD & Redd Wood). The program also included an update on Alzheimer’s research from the Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Maria Carrillo.

The event continued Saturday afternoon at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone with a walk-around wine tasting featuring 45 of the most sought-after cult wines in California wine country, including BOND, Bryant Family Vineyard, Colgin Cellars, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Harlan Estate, Eisele Vineyard, Futo Wines, Lokoya Winery, Maybach Wines, Rudd Estate, Screaming Eagle, Sloan Estate and more. Saturday evening’s highlights included a seated dinner, live auction, paddle raise, and musical entertainment from Wonder Bread 5 hosted in the historic Barrel Room at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The event concluded on Sunday, May 6 with a VIP brunch at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc’s Addendum, featuring fried chicken and waffles, seasonal fare, mimosas, and a Bloody Mary bar.

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About Inspire Napa Valley

Founded in 2016 by Kerrin Laz, Inspire Napa Valley (INV) is committed to inspiring change in the Napa Valley by bringing wine enthusiasts and industry leaders together to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia and enhance care for those living with the disease. INV will raise critical funds to help families in Northern California struggling with Alzheimer’s care, and it will help fund cutting-edge research nationwide. For more information, visit

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

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