Leer Vineyards in Byron doesn’t just turn grapes into wine, they are also turning a portion of their profits into mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans.
One such home will be awarded on Saturday, Feb. 7, during a concert at Leer Vineyards event center by country music singer Coffey Anderson. During the event, a military veteran will be introduced to the audience and presented with the keys to their new home.
Last year, while partnering with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, winery owners Stefan and Tanisha Leer created Heroic Red, a red wine blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. A portion of the profits from this wine supports the foundation, which has provided several hundred homes to wounded veterans around the U.S. over the last seven years.
Anderson, who was a participant in 2008 in the competitive reality show “Nashville Star,” last year wrote and recorded the single “Mr. Red, White and Blue.” He is also a national spokesperson for the home-award efforts of the Military Warriors Support Foundation. His music video for the single features images of the Byron area, including an old barn on Bixler Road.
“I love supporting Leer’s vision, I am so impressed by his commitment with the Heroic Red project,” said Anderson. “My father, grandfather and my wife’s grandfather all have served in the U.S. military and I’m inspired to honor their service. It’s been an amazing journey being involved with the Military Warriors Support Foundation.”
The Leers became involved with the foundation while living in Texas as neighbors to retired Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, who formed the national foundation in 2009.
“I loved what he was doing for the veterans and wanted to get involved,” said Leer. “It’s just a great program and opportunity.”
The foundation also provides each recipient with financial mentoring, skills training and executive tutoring and frequently makes the home presentations during major sports events.
Heroic Red, the winery’s top selling label, continues to be available at the winery. It is also being sold in other states, including Texas, Leer reported. He estimates that by the date of the concert his vineyard will have donated over $20,000 to the foundation’s home program.
In addition to the Saturday night concert, the Leers are holding a private, five-course dinner for 24 guests on Friday, Feb. 6, at their home in the vineyard with Anderson as the guest of honor.
Tickets for the Friday dinner event are $350 per person or $600 per couple, and include a meal, wine pairings of Leer wines, entertainment by Anderson and also the opportunity to meet Danny Duffy, a 2014 World Series pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Preferred seating for the Saturday performance is also included in the cost of the dinner ticket.
Tickets for the Saturday concert, which starts at 7 p.m., are $35 per person. Also appearing will be Mr. Holiday, a DJ from Detroit. Wine, beer plus pizza, sliders and cupcakes will be available.
Tickets are available for purchase online at leervineyards.com or at Unwined in Discovery Bay.