Philanthropy in Napa Valley

Among the founders of Festival Napa Valley, Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi have generously supported the summer Festival since its first season in 2006. As the first chairman of the Festival’s Board of Directors, Darioush continues to serve on the Board of Directors today.

The ten-day music and lifestyle festival, held each July, includes more than 200 participating artists, wineries, resorts, theaters,  restaurants,  chefs, and vintners, each dedicated to making the arts accessible to all. To date, the Festival’s annual Arts for All Gala has raised more than $13 million for Napa County public school arts education, and programs such as the Festival’s tuition-free Blackburn Music Academy, and summer camps for Boys & Girls Club students. “Festival Napa Valley would not be the vital force in the community that it is today without the passionate support of Darioush and Shahpar,” said the Festival’s president and CEO Rick Walker. “They’ve been a key part of the Festival since its inception, and have helped shape our mission to make the arts accessible to all. Their generosity is an inspiration.”

“Ever since I was a child, I have been a lover of music,” said Darioush, proprietor of Darioush Estate Wines. “Today, I recognize the power that music and the arts hold to enrich our lives, promote well-being, and foster our community and connection to one another. Festival Napa Valley holds these values dearly and makes it their mission to make the arts accessible to all. By promoting arts education to our youth, they’re ensuring that  future  genera- tions will benefit from these essentials; my wife and I are honored to give our time to such a meaningful and personal endeavor.”

Article By: Fran Miller