Edmonds Military Wire: First Responders Contest being hosted by Josh Cellars Wine and Gary Sinise Foundation

Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler

If you or someone you know is a First Responder, you’ll want to read this article. Josh Cellars Wine and The Gary Sinise Foundation proudly announced on Monday, August 18, anyone from a local community can go online and nominate a deserving first responder to receive a $10,000 grant for their organization. Five local responder groups from across the United States will each receive a grant from Josh Cellars (a total of $50,000) which can be used towards important life-saving needs such as training, support services and essential upgrades to equipment.

Recent events on a local, regional, and national scale have clearly demonstrated the need for our continued support of our First Responders.

The submission period for the contest, which is a photo and story, is open now through Sept. 17. Additional details surrounding the contest, which is being hosted on Facebook, are below.

Contest submission deadlines and voting periods are as follows:

  • Aug. 18 – Sept. 17 – Entry period where first responders can be nominated by submitting a story and photo;
  • Sept. 22 – 26 – 10 finalists, chosen by Josh Cellars, are posted on Facebook for voting;
  • Oct. 6 – 5 finalists, who will each receive a $10,000 grant, are announced.

Full contest details and rules are available on the Josh Cellars Facebook page.

Below is a link to a video featuring Gary Sinise discussing his foundation, partnership with Josh Cellars Wine and details about the First Responders contest.


Bottom Line: As we approach Sept. 11 – Patriot Day – take a moment to consider the individuals we count on in times of trial, crisis, and concern. Nominate that individual or group. And remember, your vote does count.

– By Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.


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