Brook Hollow Winery, located in Columbia, a section of Knowlton Township, is offering a free wedding to a disabled veteran of the United States Armed Services at its new banquet center located just across the road from the winery.
Yes; you read that right: Paul Ritter, owner of Brook Hollow, is offering an all-expenses paid wedding to a wounded warrior.
Just because he wants to—and because he believes in giving to those who give of themselves.
From now until Valentine’s Day—February 14, 2018, when the winner will be randomly drawn—disabled American veterans can apply online for the chance to be selected for what Brook Hollow Winery is calling its “Warrior Wedding.”
“We are proud of our service men and women who have given so much for all of us to be able to live free in the United States of America,” Ritter said. “Some of these brave men and women came back from their deployments disabled, while others gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life. Brook Hollow Winery would like to honor one of these brave heroes by providing them with a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who have served in the military and have “disabled veteran status”—that is, a veteran who is entitled to compensation (or who, but for the receipt of military retired pay, would be entitled to compensation) or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability and are of legal age to be married in the state of New Jersey.
Brook Hollow Winery is quick to point out that this is a community effort, noting that it’s collaborating with a number of partners, including Blairstown Museum, for trolley photos; The Cozy Cabin, for cupcakes; the Rosemary Inn, for lodging; Q Classic Catering; Feather Artistry, for photography; and Lunden Fog & Son, for musical entertainment.
Brook Hollow Winery is a family farm located in Warren County, in the Delaware Water Gap region. Its wines are fermented, aged and bottled on-site by members of the Ritter family.
For more information about entering the contest, visit brookhollowwinery.com.
Brook Hollow is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, a coalition of more than 50 wineries, grape growers and vineyards in New Jersey.