Local winery owner hailed by leukemia group

By Jonathon Shacat – Daily Staff Writer

(Published: April 5, 2003) A local winery owner was recently recognized for his work to help find a cure for two blood cancers.

Tareq Salahi was named National Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for raising $120,000.

“I am very honored to receive the award,” Salahi says in a press release.

“I found it a very rewarding and enriching experience. It was as educational for me as it was challenging.”

From Sept. 10 to Nov. 15, Salahi and other candidates conducted fund-raising drives for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, according to the organization’s Web site.

During a phone interview, Salahi, 33, explained that he focused his campaign on educating the customers of his Oasis Winery in Hume. Sales from wine during the eight-week period were donated to the charity.

Candidates were judged solely on their success in generating money for the society, according to the organization’s Web site. Salahi was named National Man of the Year in February.

“The true stars are the children and the survivors,” he said. “I’m happy I could do my part.” Salahi said he believes in giving back to the community. Most of the organizations he supports are dear to his heart for personal reasons, or have local affiliations.

“I have no connections with leukemia, but I felt that I needed to do what I could,” he says in the press release. “It could happen to anyone. In fact, after I began raising money for the Leukemia Society, I heard stories of people I knew who had it.”

Salahi, a 1987 graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy, will be featured in an article in the summer issue of The Sabre, R-MA’s magazine. Maj. Gen. Henry M. Hobgood, president of R-MA, said he is proud to see Salahi honored as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year.

“He is an outstanding graduate and supporter of the academy,” he said.