Dodgers: Bellinger Family Foundation Pairs Wine Together with a Great Cause

While Cody Bellinger is sidelined with a bad leg, that doesn’t mean that good things aren’t happening around the Dodgers’ MVP outfielder. Cody along with his parents Clay and Jennifer have teamed up with Uncork for a Cause, which pairs incredible wine with professional athletes and celebrities to benefit national and local non-profits for (like it says) a cause.

After being on hold for a year due to the pandemic, Amici Cellars finally released its signature C35 92-point Cabernet Sauvignon late in 2020 and is now fully ramping up charitable efforts with Uncork for a Cause and the Bellinger Family Foundation in 2021.

“We had this concept,” said Blake Niehoff of Uncork for a Cause, “and we planned on doing something last year and it kind of carried over. I then met Jennifer and learned of her plans to launch the Family Foundation and that’s where she and I started talking about this.”

Each bottle retails for under $50 with $25 going directly to the foundation and supporting various community initiatives in the LA and Phoenix area. A limited number of bottles autographed by Cody are also available for purchase, with more information being available at Bellinger.Wine.

The Back Story

A key focus for the Bellinger Family Foundation has focused on homelessness and the “Jack’s House” initiative, a mental health intervention pillar of the foundation championed by Jennifer.

Two worlds collided where my mom’s baby brother, his name is Jack — so he’s my uncle — had been homeless and on the street since I was a little girl…

A series of events put Jennifer at the forefront of finding uncle Jack. After multiple private investigators and searching, he was found. However, the situation he was in was all too familiar for some.

[We] found my uncle at a Phoenix Rescue Mission… and he had been there for 12 years.

Jennifer revealed that her uncle suffered from mental illness and, sadly, was being taken advantage of by a caretaker. The winding story leads us to the goal for Jack’s House and the Bellinger Family Foundation to raise money and buy and build bridge housing.

If you like wine and helping, here’s a great opportunity for you. And if you like fun, cute, and even embarrassing Cody stories from over the years, our chat is available below.

Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Bobby Miller, and any Dodgers of the future. Under Clint, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. He's a golf enthusiast, an amateur wood worker, and a friend.

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