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Join JRS/USA and Emmylou Harris at Flora Springs Winery on October 6th, 2017 at 6PM
February 03, 2017

Join JRS/USA and Emmylou Harris at Flora Springs Winery on October 6th, 2017 at 6PM
Photo by: Jack Spencer

An Intimate Evening With

Emmylou Harris

Benefiting the Global Education Initiative

Jesuit Refugee Service


Dinner at Flora Springs 

Followed by Music

178 West Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA

Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6pm


Event Sponsors

Flora Springs Winery

Garvey and Komes Families

Rita and Martin Bennett

This event is Sold Out! 

To be added to our waiting list, please contact Clare Bonsignore, or (202) 629-5948

Suggested Minimum Donation

Table of 8: $8,000

Individual Guest: $1,000

Reserve your seats here:



For further information or to r.s.v.p, please contact

Gail Griffith,, 202 629 5943

Rita Bennett,


We are counting on you to make a difference and generously support the Global Education Initiative to help refugees heal, learn and thrive.


Thank You!


What is the Global Education Initiative?

As the world witnesses the largest levels of global displacement since World War II, with over 65 million refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, we must take a closer look at new and innovative ways to develop sustainable and durable solutions for refugees. The JRS Global Education Initiative offers the hope of a bright future for refugees and displaced persons. 

In response to this historic crisis, and a specific request from Pope Francis in November 2015, JRS launched the Global Education Initiative, a fundraising and awareness raising effort designed to help refugee children and adults through education to heal, learn and thrive.   JRS is committed to raise $35 million to double the number of people served in their education projects to 240,000 by 2020. Education is the one life-saving intervention that cannot be taken away.

JRS education programs are offered in traditional classroom settings and through distance-learning at the pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. JRS offers psychosocial support for students and recreational activities creating safe spaces for children to learn and heal.  Emphasis is placed on teacher training and education for the most vulnerable, including girls and students with special needs, too many of whom have been left out of the classroom.  Another key focus is on literacy education for adults, many of whom have very low levels of literacy and lack basic education. JRS also offers vocational skills training aimed at future livelihoods, peace building and reconciliation.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is JRS?

Jesuit Refugee Service was founded in 1980 in direct response to the humanitarian crisis of the Vietnamese boat people. JRS now works in more than 47 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, psychosocial and emergency needs of over 750,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.  JRS works side by side with the displaced, aiding refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities and those held in detention centers.   Committed to serving people of all faiths, races and ethnic origins, the JRS mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of those displaced by conflict and disaster by helping them heal, learn and thrive.

More detailed overview of JRS/USA is in the 2015 annual report on the website: www. 

Explain more about refugee education efforts by JRS

Over half of the 65 million refugees in the world today are children and youth who have been forcibly displaced from their dwellings, families and possessions due to life threatening conditions such as civil war, corrupt governments, human trafficking, famine and natural disasters.  The average length of stay a displaced person remains in either a camp or urban setting is 17 years. For refugees hiding in city shadows or held in detention centers the time of displacement can be even longer. Children and youth (many of whom are unaccompanied) are most vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation and abuse. Providing schools is the most effective, sustainable and durable way to protect the young by offering them: (1) protection in the safety of a school setting (2) the tools, skills and knowledge to improve their futures wherever they reside.  For more information see the Global Education Initiative description on www. 

What portion of the proceeds for the event will go directly to JRS refugee education? 

All elements of this event have been donated so that all proceeds go to refugee education!

How large an event will it be?

Approximately 100 people will join us for the wine reception and dinner followed by music

Where? What time? What attire?

The event will be held at 6 pm on October 6th at Flora Springs Winery, 1978 W. Zinfandel Lane, St Helena, CA. Guests will dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking the vineyards and eastern hills.  Attire is business casual.  Layering is suggested, as the Valley becomes cool after sunset.

What donation is expected to secure a Table Sponsorship or Individual Sponsorship?

Table of Eight - donation of $8,000    Individual Guests - donation of $1,000

o   Each Table Sponsor and/or the sponsor organization will be recognized in the event brochure and in the JRS Annual Report.

o   All Sponsors will experience a magical autumn evening under the stars enjoying delicious wine, appetizers, and dinner followed by the inspiring music of Emmylou Harris. There will be plenty of time to visit with Emmylou Harris.

o   The music will include a brief appearance of local songwriter/singer Sean Garvey.

o   Attendees have the deep satisfaction of contributing to a critically important endeavor to bring education and hope to refugee youth.

Who will be there?

Leaders of Napa Valley’s wine and hospitality industries, community pacesetters, music lovers and people committed to helping vulnerable refugee children and youth throughout the world.

Will there be an auction?

There won’t be an auction. The evening will be focused on good company, delicious food, wonderful wine and the inspirational music of Emmylou Harris.  The International Director of JRS, Fr. Tom Smolich S.J., will join us from JRS’s Rome Headquarters to welcome you to the event.

What will my donation do?

Donations support schools (pre-school, primary, secondary, and tertiary levels), classroom instruction, tuition and uniforms, boarding costs if needed, transportation, teacher education, books, computers and other equipment.  Upon request, gifts can be restricted to specific educational projects and/or countries and regions. JRS’s administrative/overhead expenses are kept at a lean 15%.

What other charities provide refugee education?

JRS is committed to the power of collaboration and works in partnership with many other agencies involved in refugee education: Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children, Catholic Relief, HIAS and Mercy Corp. However, JRS excels at curriculum development, staffing and school management and often is assigned the lead role when several agencies are chosen to work on a specific education project.

Who are JRS’s largest partners and donors?

JRS is widely recognized as a high quality, innovative provider of refugee education and therefore has many loyal partners who support JRS’s work generously.  Most invest in JRS programs year after year, often increasing their levels of commitment. Examples: USAID, US State Department, Department of Homeland Security, UNHCR, Catholic Relief Services, Caritas, Catholic Charities, Jesuit schools and universities, individuals, foundations, corporations and governmental agencies from around the world.

What is the process for donating to this event or to JRS Education?

Guests can donate on the special event website: 

Guests/Sponsors/Donors can pay by credit card or can send checks to the JRS/USA office to the attention of Gail Griffith at 1016 16th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.  Checks should be made out to "Jesuit Refugee Service/USA," with the notation "October 6th " in the memo space.   All the monies raised will be allocated towards the Global Education Initiative (GEI) described on the website. For additional information: contact Gail Griffith at or 202 629 5943.  No tickets will be sent, but a list of Sponsor and Attendees for the event will be at the event registration table.

How else can I support refugees in addition to donating to JRS?

Advocate for refugees through JRS Action Alerts on upcoming legislation that impacts refugees and asylum seekers, displaced people and the undocumented.  Keep up to date on pertinent issues related to the growing refugee tragedy. For more information on JRS’s advocacy work, go to: 

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