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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:26 am

For the first time in 11 years of hosting its annual Reggae & Rhone event, Lodi’s Michael~David Winery will donate all of the proceeds from the event to charity. The event raised $22,000 for the Lodi Adopt-A-Child program. The winery will also donate $11,000 to the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center located in Jamaica.

“We had a sell-out event. Guests were generous and opened their wallets for two great causes,” said Mike Phillips, the winery’s co-owner. “We are thrilled with the outcome and are proud supporters of the Lodi Adopt-A-Child program. The holidays will be a little bit brighter this year for many children in Lodi.”

Lodi Adopt-A-Child was founded in the mid-1980s by a police officer who saw a need for a local program that would support children and families in need. The organization started as a charitable gifting program during the holidays, for children who would not otherwise receive gifts. Since then, it has grown and provides meals, warm beds, books, and presents to children in the Lodi area throughout the year. For more information, visit www.lodiadoptachild.org.

For the second year in a row at Reggae & Rhone, musician Mystic Bowie performed. He is from Jamaica and has been compared to musical legends Jimmy Cliff, Lucky Dube, and Toots and the Maytal. In 1991, Bowie built the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children in Jamaica through arts, music, drama and sports programs. It is located in the parish of St. Elizabeth in Jamaica. For more information, visit www.mysticbowieculturalcenter.com.

Michael~David Winery is owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips, who have built their Lodi operation into one of the fastest growing wineries in the U.S. The Phillips brothers released their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label, after years of growing grapes for other wineries.

Now celebrating more than 25 years as a winery, Michael and David have more than 800 acres of vineyards in Lodi. They pride themselves on their meticulous farming practices and sustainable wine grape growing, which result in superior quality in the bottle. Their hard work has paid off and the wines regularly take top awards in wine competitions nationwide.

Michael~David Winery is located one mile east of Interstate 5 on Highway 12 in Lodi. For more information, call 209-368-7384 or visit www.michaeldavidwinery.com.

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