2012’s Participating Charitable Organizations

Markham Vineyards gives back at both the local and national levels, and has long been a supporter of the charities.  During the 2012 Mark of Distinction, Markham Vineyards will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Markham wines to the charitable organizations below.  You can support these charities through this year's Mark of Distinction program, or, if you prefer to donate directly, you may do so by clicking on the links below.  To learn more about the participating charities being honored in 2012, please read on.
Scleroderma Foundation (http://www.scleroderma.org/chapter/southerncal/)
Southern California Chapter
Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease. The word “scleroderma” comes from the Greek sclero meaning hard and derma meaning skin: hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. The Scleroderma Foundation is the leading non-profit supporter of scleroderma research in the United States, allocating an average of $1 million annually to find the cause of and cure for scleroderma. The Southern California Chapter's three-fold mission is: first, to provide support to help patients and their families cope with scleroderma; second, to provide education to promote public and patient awareness of the disease; and third, to conduct research to improve treatment and, ultimately, fina the cause of and cure for scleroderma.
Vine Village (http://www.vinevillage.org)
Napa, California
Located in the heart of California wine country, Vine Village has offered activity programs to persons with special needs for nearly four decades. From its launch in 1973, the guiding mission of Vine Village, a non-profit organization, has been to provide an alternative to "institutionalized" assistance. Its two main programs are residential living services in three home located on a twenty-five acre ranch and the Vine Village Day Program, offering vocational training and creative activities to persons with disabilities in a rural setting. From the outset, its goal has been to provide "children with special needs the same quality of life as their non-handicapped peers."
New Leaders for New Schools (http://www.newleaders.org/locations/chicago)
Chicago, Illinois Chapter
Founded in 2000 by a team of social entrepreneurs, New Leaders is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country. Its mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.  The Chicago program has grown to train and support more than 140 New Leaders and currently impacts more than 60,000 students in Chicago.  84% of students in schools run by Chicago New Leaders receive free and reduced lunch.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center & University of Miami School of Medicine (http://sylvester.org)
South Florida
Launched in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services to the South Florida community, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center handles 1,100 inpatient admissions annually, performs more than 2,400 surgical procedures, and treats more than 4,100 new cancer patients. Together with the 40-bed inpatient hospital, the University of Miami Hospital & Clinics, Sylvester/UMHC serves as the hub for cancer diagnosis and treatment for the University of Miami Health System. In 2003, Sylvester expanded its cancer services to patients in Broward and Palm Beach with the opening of Sylvester at Deerfield Beach. Since its founding, Sylvester has transformed cancer research and treatment in South Florida and beyond.
Foundation for Burns and Trauma (http://www.azburn.org)
Phoenix, Arizona
Founded in 1967, the Arizon Burn Foundation was created to assist in the development of a community based burn center in the greater Phoenix area to respond to the community's desire for an organization that can receive and earmark public donations for burn patient treatment, rehabilitation, and public education. At the time of its launch, the foundation became the first institution to provide the state with a burn center facility. Today, the foundation assists burn victims and their families "in becoming burn survivors through rehabilitation, treatment and research; the reduction of death and injury from burns and fire through prevention education; and to serve as an advocacy partner for the prevention of trauma associated with other injuries."
The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health & Keep Memory Alive (http://keepmemoryalive.org/)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Keep Memory Alive (KMA) raises awareness and funds in support of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's work towards enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders.  These include ALS, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and memory disorders of all kinds.  Memory disorders don't simply affect an individual, so we provide programs and services for the entire family of caregivers.  KMA strives to create greater awareness of neurocognitive disorders, educate families about cutting edge treatments, research and caregiver services, and promote risk reduction through lifestyle behaviors that encourage healthy brain aging.
City of Hope (http://www.cityofhope.org/giving/regional-fundraising-offices/seattle/)
Seattle, Washington
City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies.  City of Hope is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer CEnters nationwide and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.  An independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution, we are a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.  Our Seattle Regional Development Office serves Washington State and Oregon.
The Hawaii Foodbank (http://www.hawaiifoodbank.org)
Honolulu, Hawaii
In Hawaiian culture, the term ohana means "family in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional." And in the words of the Hawaii Foodbank, "The people of Hawaii are one ohana. The Hawaii Foodbank provides food so that no one in our family goes hungry." A non-profit organization and a proud member of Feeding America and United Way, the Hawaii Food bank distributes both perishable and non-perishable food to 250 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, and the islands of Maui and Kauai. It forms a vital link between food donors and member agencies by providing services in collecting, sorting, salvaging and distributing food. It also supports its member agencies through financial and educational assistance.
Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children (http://www.nemours.org/about/location/nchaidhc.html)
Wilmington, Delaware
Recognized as a leader in eight pediatric specialty areas by U.S. News & World Report, the Nemours/Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children partners with parents to provide a family-centered approach to children's healthcare. Its 200-bed teaching hospital, set among beautifully landscaped gardens and lawns, is integrated with the Nemours Children’s Clinic, which provides care in more than 30 specialties of pediatric medicine, surgery, and dentistry. The hospital also offers outpatient specialty care, pediatric primary care, neonatal care, and inpatient pediatric care at a variety of locations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It was named among the 2011 “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems in the country for meaningful use of health information technology
SHARP Literacy (http://www.sharpliteracy.org)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Founded in 1996, SHARP Literacy employs the visual arts to engage young people and empower their learning ability. Providing them with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills – reading, writing, oral communications, research, creative thinking and problem solving – SHARP creates a solid foundation for future learning and success. Over 64,000 urban students in the Milwaukee area have had their lives touched by SHARP Literacy since its founding more than a decade ago. SHARP Literacy’s program is based on a strong core process that is reviewed and updated each year to ensure our teaching tools remain the most up-to-date and effective in literacy enrichment.