I received an email from a reader named Kelly over the weekend. She said she lived in Napa Valley and wanted to schedule a tour with me for yesterday afternoon. Kelly and her husband Bob own Robert Foley Vineyards, and the couple recently did something incredible for the island.
Like many of you, Kelly and Bob were devastated when they watched the hurricanes rip through the island back in 2017. And like many of you they, they wanted to do something about it. So they did what they do best. The Foleys created a special wine, a Hawksbill Rosé, and decided to donate all of its after-tax proceeds to St. John and Puerto Rico.
The wine was launched in February 2018. By February 2019, it had sold out.
So yesterday’s island tour was different than most. Rather than doing some sightseeing, and checking out the beaches and ruins like I typically would do, we went around the island and spread some love. Our first stop was the Animal Care Center. Kelly and Bob, along with Kelly’s brother Brian, donated $5,000 to the organization after giving some snuggles to the animals of course.
Our next stop was Island Health and Wellness. The group donated $10,000 to the organization. We then visited Gifft Hill. They donated another $10,000 to the school. Honestly, I was blown away.
People repeatedly ask me how St. John is doing post-hurricane, and my answer is always the same: pretty darn good. And the reason for that is twofold: 1. We have an extremely resilient community who worked so hard to put this place back together. And 2. Private money from private people who love this place.
By now you all know that Kenny Chesney has supported this island tremendously, as has Tom Secunda, one of the co-founders of Bloomberg. But we also have people like the Foleys. And we have people like yourselves who donated to many of the nonprofit organizations that are helping to repair and rebuild this island. That is why St. John is doing so well. It’s because collectively we all had a hand in bringing St. John back to life. And for that, I thank you all.
There is a lot of negatively on the internet these days. We’re going to continue to spread the love here at News of St. John. Have a great day everyone.