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Sherri Swingle joins the Washington Wine Industry Foundation board of directors. Swingle, who was the executive director of the Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, brings marketing, event and fundraising experience to the WWIF board. She is also credited with producing the Auction of Washington Wines with the foundation.

Read more about Swingle and the WWIF board below.

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WINE FOUNDATION ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBER

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF) recently welcomed Sherri Swingle as a new member on the board of directors.

Swingle has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing specialist, event strategist and fundraising consultant. She has worked with a variety of clients and has become known for her attention to detail and broad visions. Swingle consistently exceeds financial goals and infiltrates projects with creativity, focusing on building long-term relationships and implementing strategic change.

Most recently, Swingle served as the Executive Director for Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, producing the nationally recognized Auction of Washington Wines – a series of events focused on promoting the wines of Washington state with a mission of raising funds for area beneficiaries. Previous clients and partners have included Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington State University, Savor the Central Coast Food and Wine Festival and others.

Swingle’s career has put her in touch with an extensive network of individuals, allowing her to collaborate with talented and creative teams. Her marketing background gives her a unique perspective within the non-profit sector, allowing her to approach fundraising with a broader vision and with consideration to the respective missions of cooperation’s and individuals.

WWIF is a nonprofit that focuses on meeting the needs of the grape and wine industry including scholarships, education, outreach, research and other information. The Foundation works in partnerships to accomplish the activities identified as priorities by the industry. The new board members each have a skill set to assist the Foundation in helping the Washington wine industry grow.

Current board members include: Chair Roger Gamache (Gamache Vintners), Vice Chair Carol Munro (Ste. Michelle Wine Estates), Treasurer Rob Sullivan (O-S Winery), Greg Lill (DeLille Cellars), Paul Champoux (Champoux Vineyards), Tom Waliser (Waliser Vineyards and Beresan Winery), Stephanie Meier (Stoel Rives), Bill Shibley (NW Farm Credit Services), Bradley Walker (Walker & Associates), Mark Wheeler (Saddle Mountain Vineyards), Simon Siegl (Coefficient Consulting), and Jamie Peha (Peha Promotions, LLC)
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The Wine Industry Foundation is funded through contributions and grants made by individuals, companies and organizations.  Donations help administer scholarships, channel grants for education or research, support opportunities, and offer home to memorials.  WWIF is organized to collectively support and fund industry needs, the foundation is uniquely structured under IRS rules as a 501 (c)(3) to allow individuals, organizations and companies the benefit of a tax deduction for contributions.