HEALDSBURG, Calif., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Murphy-Goode Winery has selected David Daniels of Windsor, Calif. as its "A Few Goode Heroes" contest winner for the month of May. An emergency nurse for more than 25 years, Daniels has worked in many different hospitals, ambulance services and intensive care units and currently works in the ER at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Additionally, he has given back to the community by teaching basic life support and first aid instruction to several local organizations and businesses, including the Healdsburg Police Department and the Healdsburg public school programs. But Daniels' career isn't simply a job; it's personal, and one fateful night, Daniels heroically saved his own wife's life.
Feeling sick, Daniels' wife was admitted to the hospital. While in bed recovering, Daniels' wife suddenly went into cardiac arrest. As his son looked on in fear, Daniels sprung into action and performed emergency CPR on his wife, saving her life.
"David's story is nothing short of incredible to me," said David Ready, Jr., winemaker for Santa Rosa-based Murphy-Goode. "He has affected thousands of local lives, helping create and develop thorough emergency response and CPR programs. We are proud to name him our Hero of the Month."
As Murphy-Goode's Hero of the Month, Daniels will receive a $1,000 donation to the charity of his choice. Daniels chose LoveManifest, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of empowering third-world communities by taking 100% of all donations and applying them to an area of need that the donor chooses. Whether it is a $60 donation for a cataract surgery, Daniels' $1,000 for a goat and cow farm to help support a local orphanage, or even an entire new water well system, LoveManifest works to ensure that all donations go where they are needed the most. In addition to its donation to LoveManifest, Murphy-Goode will make a matching grant to its national nonprofit partner, Operation Homefront, the organization that provides emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Daniels is now also eligible for the grand prize of a Fourth of July barbecue in his hometown, hosted by Murphy-Goode.
"As a nurse, I've dedicated my life trying to help others in need, and that is exactly what the people at LoveManifest are doing overseas," Daniels said. "I'm honored to be named 'Hero of the Month,' by Murphy-Goode, but I'm even more excited to help out my favorite charity, LoveManifest. To give back to those who truly need it and ask for nothing in return, that is what makes a hero."
Daniels was nominated by his son Joseph Daniels, who says he has been inspired by his father's selflessness in giving back to the people of his community.
"I couldn't be more proud of my dad, and I'm glad this contest gave me the chance to show people what a great man he is," Joseph Daniels said. "The night I saw him save my mom's life, I saw what love really means. My dad will always be my hero."
"We are awed by David's act of heroism displayed in saving the life of his wife, and are humbled and grateful to David and to Murphy-Goode for designating us as the recipient of his award," said Valerie Kumra, president of LoveManifest. "David had a life or death situation on his hands and reacted immediately, personally helping her survive. That's the idea behind LoveManifest; whether in the form of hand pump bore wells, basic health care or restoring sight, the end result is the same: to help develop a vibrant community that is thriving independent of us!"
Murphy-Goode's "A Few Goode Heroes" contest concluded with Daniels as the May winner. Participants were invited to Murphy-Goode's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MurphyGoodeWinery to nominate community leaders that best exemplified altruism, leadership, self-sacrifice or positive influence. Each month, Murphy-Goode and its Facebook fans chose a winner to receive a $1,000 donation to his or her favorite nonprofit, and Murphy-Goode also made a matching gift to Operation Homefront. The monthly winners are then eligible to receive the grand prize of a Fourth of July barbecue in their hometown. A grand prize winner will be named soon.
Murphy-Goode has long sought to recognize heroes. Since Fall 2011, the winery has partnered with Operation Homefront to support military families in need. Murphy-Goode has donated more than $100,000 to the cause on behalf of the winery and its fans and this fall will launch Homefront Red, a new wine release that will help raise even more funds for Operation Homefront.
ABOUT MURPHY GOODE WINERY
Located in the beautiful and acclaimed Alexander Valley region of Sonoma County, Murphy-Goode is a family-owned winery known for award-winning California wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded by Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and David Ready, Sr. in 1985 and now part of Jackson Family Wines, Murphy-Goode believes in great wines and good times with family and friends. The winery is proud to support Operation Homefront and its work with wounded warriors and the families of service members.
ABOUT OPERATION HOMEFRONT
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence to provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 741,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
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