With many communities facing serious blood shortages, EFESTĒ Winery has teamed up with Bloodworks Northwest to support those that need it most. By opening up their Woodinville tasting room as a premier pop-up donor center on several dates this month to accept blood donations, they have created a unique venue for both area wine connoisseurs and residents alike to further a vital cause.
Both Kevin and Angela Taylor, EFESTĒ winery owners, are passionate about supporting the critical and urgent need for the donation of blood. Having directly experienced the significance of its life-saving benefits to patients and their loved ones when their son, Joe, was diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia when he was five. As he underwent intensive treatments, his strength and courage gained him the nickname, “Tough Guy.”
Having concluded his treatments in 2011, Joe has remained cancer-free. “Tough Guy” became the namesake of EFESTĒ’s Tough Guy wine, as they continue to champion a cure to fight blood cancers by donating part its sales to the NW/Alaska Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To date, they have helped raise more $200,000.
EFESTĒ’s pop-up donor center is the first of its kind in scenic Woodinville wine country.
“We are so excited to be the first in wine country to welcome Bloodworks Northwest and their pop-up donor center at our winery in Woodinville. We’ve supported Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and blood cancer research for the last 12 years, so it made this a perfect match for EFESTĒ,” Angela Taylor said.
EFESTĒ will have five dates available for their pop-up donor center throughout July. Donors can sign up here.
Curt Bailey, President and CEO at Bloodworks Northwest encourages community action to help meet the need for the shortages hospitals are facing by taking advantage of the opportunity EFESTĒ has provided.
Check for additional pop-up donor centers. Donations will be accepted by appointment only due to social distancing guidelines.