The Walla Walla winery co-owned by a television superhero will raise money for a real-life one.
Nocking Point Wines, created by “Arrow” actor Stephen Amell and Walla Walla native and businessman Andrew Harding, will contribute 100 percent of sales of a First Responders three-pack to the family of fallen Kittitas County Deputy Ryan Thompson.
The campaign was announced Friday on social media just at the introduction to Cayuse Weekend, the annual release of Cayuse Vineyards wines that spawned a weekend of wine tasting and merriment as other wineries offer their own events.
“We just thought this would be a perfect fit for Ryan,” said Manager Sarrah Harding.
She and her brother, Andrew, grew up with Thompson, from preschool through their 1995 graduating Walla Walla High School class.
Thompson was shot and killed March 19 after a vehicle pursuit in Kittitas, about 5 miles from Ellensburg, in the first fatal shooting of an officer in that county since 1927.
Since then, efforts to help raise money in support of his wife and three children. On Friday, the latest tally of a GoFundMe account was at over $86,500.
The First Responders package was originally created and marketed as a way to raise funds for victims of the late 2017-’18 fires that ripped through Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Sarrah Harding said the hope is to sell out of everything that remains at $50 per trio and give all proceeds to the Thompson family.
The package includes a bottle of First Responders Rose, a grenache and cinsault blend from the Walla Walla Valley and made by Sean Boyd; a First Responders Red, a blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and mourvedere from the Columbia Valley and made by Bill Murray; and First Responders socks.
The label and sock design were created by Danny Haas.
The packages will be sold until they’re gone at 225 Aeronca Ave. at the Airport District location. Orders can also be placed via telephone at 524-8496.