Winemarker Charles Smith donates $10K to the Seattle Animal Shelter

On Thursday, June 16, Mayor Ed Murray joined Washington winemaker Charles Smith and chef Matt Fortner of Tom Douglas Restaurants to present a $10,000 donation to Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan, to benefit the shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund.”

The donation was a result of the first-ever Charles Smith Wines Jet City meatball competition, which took place earlier this year. Six top Seattle chefs competed for a $5,000 donation to be made to the charity of their choice, and winning chef Matt Fortner selected the Seattle Animal Shelter. At the check presentation, Charles announced he would match the donation, bringing the total to $10,000.

“On behalf of the city of Seattle, I’d like to thank Charles Smith for his generous donation and Chef Fortner for selecting our animal shelter to receive these funds,” said Mayor Murray. “Seattle is full of animal lovers like Chef Fortner, and this donation is a much appreciated example of a unique and creative way to support animals.”

“I don’t usually use pets and wine in the same sentence, but my wines and the Seattle Animal Shelter are both about building community, so this donation makes sense,” said Smith. “I’m happy to be presenting the check today alongside chef Fortner.”

“The Help the Animals Fund pays for veterinary care for shelter animals, supports our foster and volunteer programs and promotes educational outreach to prevent homeless, unwanted and abused animals,” said Jordan. “We are incredibly appreciative of Charles Smith’s generosity and Chef Fortner’s support of the Seattle Animal Shelter.”

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