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Cellar Twenty-Four raises $9,000 to benefit first responders in crisis

By: Liz Grimm
| Published 08/03/2022

From left: Russell Rice, Battalion Chief of The Woodlands Fire Department and Vice President of The Woodlands Professional Firefighters Association; “Maverick” with Shelli Moran, owner of Cellar Twenty-Four; and Erik Secrest, President of The Woodla
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THE WOODLANDS, TX – In support of first responders who are experiencing crisis, Cellar Twenty-Four recently raised $9,000 to benefit The Woodlands Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundraising efforts of The Woodlands Professional Firefighters Association.

The funds will specifically be used to help address and provide behavioral health and suicide prevention among first responders throughout Montgomery County, according to Russell Rice, Battalion Chief of The Woodlands Fire Department and Vice President of The Woodlands Professional Firefighters Association. The funds will also support the foundation’s growing peer support group program, which helps to identify when a first responder is experiencing crisis and initiate intervention through referral to a professional clinician for counseling, with costs covered if needed.

“As part of our monthly wine tasting fundraisers for non-profits in Montgomery County, for July we chose to support The Woodlands Firefighters Foundation, which is an incredibly important organization,” said Shelli Moran, owner of Cellar Twenty-Four. “More first responders die by suicide than in the line of duty, and it has worsened over the last couple of years. The foundation’s peer support training helps them recognize and intervene when a first responder is in crisis and hopefully save a life. We thank all the wonderful guests who participated and helped us reach this goal.”

Erik Secrest, President of The Woodlands Firefighters Foundation, added, “We thank Shelli Moran and Cellar Twenty-Four for your continued and unwavering support for all of the first responders in our county. Shelli requested that the money raised through her event would be used specifically to address and provide for behavioral health and suicide prevention among all first responders. We appreciate all who attended and gave so graciously for such a much-needed cause.”

Cellar Twenty-Four is a locally-owned and operated neighborhood wine shop and tasting bar in The Woodlands specializing in high-quality, small boutique wines from around the world. This popular and fun wine bar features an intimate yet casual ambiance for wine by the glass or bottle. Monthly wine club memberships with club member happy hours, tastings with winemakers and boutique winery owners, and wine classes are also offered. In addition to wine, craft beer and a menu of light bites are served.

Located in the Sterling Ridge Shopping Center, near the corner of Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl, Cellar Twenty-Four is open from 12-9 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and from 12-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Live music entertainment is performed on Friday evenings and occasionally on Saturday evenings. For a schedule of upcoming performers, wine classes, and wine tasting events, visit www.cellar-24.com.

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