D’Arrigo California and J. McFarland Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Salinas, CA: D’Arrigo California and J. McFarland Wines co-hosted the 2nd Annual Sip, Bite and Turn up the Pink event to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  The strolling wine and food event was an idea started by a conversation two years ago between Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, Director of Marketing and Culinary at D’Arrigo California and Stephanie McFarland, Owner of McFarland Wines.  Both companies are supporters of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and wanted to host a local event to increase awareness and raise funds. 

D’Arrigo California has been a proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation since 1999 and has donated over $1.85 million to the foundation.  “We have the BCRF pink ribbon logo on our Andy Boy commodities (that are wrapped or have a tag) which include iceberg lettuce, shrink wrap broccoli, cauliflower, romaine hearts, broccoli rabe and sweet baby broccoli.  In addition, we have the BCRF logo on all our Andy Boy promotional items and cartons to raise awareness and underscore that the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables help maintain a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle,” stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos. 

J. McFarland also has a pink ribbon on the label of their Prismatic White Wine Blend that launched in 2016.  With the new label, J. McFarland began to contribute 10% of their wine sales to BCRF.  “J. McFarland Wines is pleased to join D’Arrigo California in their support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Sip, Bite and Turn up the Pink event held at D’Arrigo California headquarters was a great success and took place in October to honor breast cancer awareness month and survivors.  We would like to thank all who joined us in the fight against breast cancer that evening to raise funds,” said Stephanie McFarland, Owner of J. McFarland Wines. 

J. McFarland, Tondré, Morgan, Scheid, Mid Life Crisis and Odonata were six local wineries that poured at the event. The wines were paired with gourmet bites prepared by Chef Jason Giles of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Chef Esteban Jimenez of Rancho Cielo, Luigi’s Restaurant, Star Market, Gourmet Olive Oils from Trio Carmel and Dona Esther’s Restaurant. The evening finished with pink ribbon cookies donated by Royal Deli and Bakery.  Guests also enjoyed a fun paint session lead by Daphnee Parachini, owner of Roaring Mice Paint Studio.

“I am thrilled to announce that we had over 100 guests in attendance and raised over $5,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  We look forward to next year’s event in October 2020 to continue to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research,” stated Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos.  The event was also supported by City Council Member Steve McShane and Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo.  Both elected officials presented a Certificate of Recognition to congratulate D’Arrigo California and John D’Arrigo, Pres./CEO/Chairman of the Board for his continued contributions to increase awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


About D’Arrigo California

From the day the company was founded in 1920 by Stefano and Andrea D’Arrigo, two immigrant brothers from Messina, Sicily, innovation has been its hallmark. D’Arrigo California provides customers with excellent service in everything from seed research and development, food safety and sustainability, to entirely new approaches to packaging, harvesting and shipping. D’Arrigo California not only grows, harvests and packs conventional and organic products, but also provides services that include cross dock, consolidation, custom growing and commercial cooling programs.

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