Chile is not only the land of my ancestry, but it is where my siblings, business partners, and dearest friends currently reside. When a devastating 8.8 earthquake hit my homeland, it was with pain that I viewed the images of the disaster. To say that this quake personally affected me is an understatement. After days of trying to contact my loved ones amidst power and phone line outages, I was relieved to find out that everyone who I knew in Chile was safe. I am very grateful for this and wish to give back to those less fortunate than I was: those Chileans who lost their homes to this disaster.
On Friday, March 19th, I presented Music for Relief with a donation of $50,000 on behalf of TGIC Importers. Music for Relief has a working partnership with Habitat for Humanity on programs for immediate disaster aid. With an already existing office in Santiago, Habitat for Humanity mobilized quickly after the February 27th quake and continues to help by cleaning debris and providing housing solutions. Through Music for Relief, TGIC was able to give with the assurance that 100% of our donation would go to rebuild Chile without any percentage going to nonprofit, administrative fees.
Though it has been weeks since the world first learned of this disaster, our team at TGIC Importers has not forgotten the people of Chile. We have created a new program that will match our initial donation through the wine fundraising of our Chilean brands.
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