Good Deeds: Thank you, Patrick Mata!

Patrick Mata Good DeedsWe are proud to recognize Patrick Mata, Co-Founder of Olé Imports, as our Good Deeds recipient for the month of July. Patrick has been a long-time supporter of the foundation’s Best Cellars event series and his company generously donates proceeds from their delicious, dry Liquid Geography rosé wine to our foundation. Over the last five years Olé Imports has contributed over $89,000 to help fund our innovative cancer research programs.

“I believe that giving and generosity are not merely important, but imperatives to living well,” Patrick shares. “I have always felt extremely blessed but when we started the company from nothing back in 1999 and things started happening so fast, I wanted to be sure we continued to give.  Rather than give small amounts from everything, we thought it would be more impactful to create a wine with the specified purpose of charity, so we created the rosé called Liquid Geography.  My mom was first diagnosed with cancer ten years ago and continues the fight today.  Nearly everyone we know has been touched by cancer both through loss and learning about how precious life is.  This is why T.J. Martell Foundation is such a cornerstone of our charitable work, a cause we’ve now championed for five years.”

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Good Deeds is a grassroots initiative created by the T.J. Martell Foundation to highlight individuals who are raising vital funds for our cutting-edge cancer research programs.

We are proud to recognize Bob McGilpin as our first Good Deeds award recipient. Bob is an Amp Designer and Builder with GEMTONE Amplifiers. He has donated 14 amplifiers for T.J. Martell Foundation auctions that have raised over $20,000 for our cancer research programs over the past several years.

Bob is also a prostate cancer survivor, diagnosed when he was only age 40 thanks to the PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test created by the Foundation’s longtime researcher Dr. Mitchell Benson. The early detection made all the difference in survival and quality of life. “As a cancer survivor for 25 years now, the T.J. Martell Foundation is very near and dear to me.  I will never cure cancer but by building an amp and donating it to the T.J. Martell Foundation it just might help raise the dollars to bring Music’s Promise for a Cure one day closer,” says Bob.

“Bob and I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dr. Benson at the Foundation’s Scientific Retreat Dinner in January of this year. Dr. Benson was very happy to meet a 25-year survivor, thanks to his great research and creation of the PSA test,” adds Bob’s wife Rochelle, who serves as Auction Manager for the T.J. Martell Foundation.

To all guys out there, please remember to get your screenings and have a very happy Father’s Day!