This autumn through March 2022, St. Supéry, a Napa Valley community leader with a deep commitment to sustainability, will celebrate unsung everyday heroes who make a difference in communities and neighborhoods across the country. Through the #InJoy Everyday Hero project, St. Supéry hopes to inspire people to give back and spread joy.
In addition to highlighting the stories of everyday heroes on the winery’s website and social media platforms, St. Supéry will feature local volunteers at the winery in its art gallery with the #InJoyEverydayHero Art Exhibit, curated by Virgie Giles Foundation founders Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin. This inspirational exhibition of 25 large-scale black-and-white photographs by eight professional visual artists and photojournalists captures each hero in the fields of food security, mental health, animal rescue, youth mentorship and more.
“This year as part of our #InJoy celebration, we are recognizing those individuals whose actions and commitment to community bring joy to others,” says Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery. “There are amazing volunteers everywhere who just keep giving, and this year we will highlight their ongoing acts of kindness.” Nominate your own hero at https://stsupery.com/everydayheroes/ and view the inspiring photographs and stories at the winery and online.
St. Supéry has long recognized the importance of giving back through its annual participation in Auction Napa Valley, events across the United States, as well as its ongoing support of the Napa Community Disaster Relief Fund created after the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. When the LNU Complex fire struck Napa Valley in 2020, St. Supéry pledged $5 to the fund from each bottle sold of its 2020 Sauvignon Blanc to honor selfless community members—including Everyday Hero, David Eakle—who showed up on their own initiative with bulldozers, shovels and tractors to stop the flames from advancing.
“To me, that’s what volunteering is all about,” Swain says. “You came and you helped. Whether you’re there for your neighbors or you volunteer for an organization, that’s the one of the greatest gifts you can give.”
How to Get Involved
- Visit the #InJoy Everyday Hero Art Exhibit at the winery this fall through March 2022, and participate in St. Supéry’s #InJoy Everyday Hero project:
- Nominate an everyday hero in your area to be featured on the winery’s website and social platforms. You can also read their stories and make a charitable donation to the organizations they support at: stsupery.com/everydayheroes.
- Share these inspiring and compelling stories of joy, philanthropy and community support with your own social media network. Giving back is contagious!
- Protect our environment for future generations. Join coastal cleanup efforts near you or download Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell App to track your local cleanup.
- Join #Injoy Sharing & Caring Virtual Tastings on the first two Thursdays in November and December at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to meet some of the featured Everyday Heroes and hear their stories. Be sure to stick around for closing culinary tips for the holidays from St. Supéry Executive Chef Tod Kawachi.
- Mark your calendar during the month of November for #GivingTuesday Toasts, presented each Tuesday at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Because one day of Giving Tuesday just isn’t enough, let Supéry inspire you to share joy each day. Hear from Primo Center in Chicago (Nov. 2), One Mind, and other Philanthropic Entrepreneurs through the month of November.
- Support your local food bank by dropping off pantry items for families in need. You can also participate in a food drive at St. Supéry in Rutherford during November and December.
Presented and curated by Virgie Giles Foundation founders Topher Delaney and Calvin Chin.
Location: Galleries of St. Supéry Estate Winery, Rutherford California.
Dates: October 2021- March 2022
CONCEPT of EXHIBITION: Black + White Large Scale Portraits of 25 EVERYDAY HEROES, generous volunteers of their service, in fields of food security, mental health, animal rescue, youth mentorship, fire prevention.
ARTISTS: Eight Visual Artists + Photojournalists commissioned by St. Supéry’s curatorial team to document each nominated hero in their locations of service.
- Keith Blodgett, Fine Arts Photographer
- Nancy Blum, Photojournalist
- Harvey Castro, Visual Artist
- Mimi Chakarova, Photojournalist
- Topher Delaney, Visual Artist
- Claudia Escobar, Photojournalist
- Rebecca Letz, Photojournalist
- Sally Seymour, Fine Arts Photographer.
Three Stunning Solo Exhibitions of Photography expand upon the Nature of Northern California.
- Coastal Access: Sightings from the Edge – Keith Blodgett, fine arts photographer presents distinctive black + white photographs of the Edge of the Pacific + surrounding communities.
- Napa Wild Life – John Comisky award-winning wildlife photographer and Napa Wildlife President presents his breathtaking color photographs of Indigenous Wildlife.
- The Fruits of Dollarhide Ranch– Sally Seymour, fine arts photographer presents dramatic color portraits of fruits harvested from the extensive orchards of Dollarhide Ranch.
About St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% Estate Grown, sustainably farmed winery located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley. The winery focuses on sauvignon blanc and red Bordeaux varieties. St. Supéry’s reputation is based on the meticulous care of its Napa Valley vineyard properties, and the winery’s goal of producing the highest quality wines is enhanced by supporting the estate’s biodiversity and sustainability for generations to come.