Doc Hendley is the Founder and President of Wine To Water, a non-profit organization that serves in community to provide clean water for people in need around the world. Doc first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide.
Doc was selected as one of the Top Ten CNN Hero in 2009 chosen by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John.
In 2012 he published , “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World,” (Avery: Penguin, Jan 2012). It is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who’s changing the world through clean water and the book is a foundation of college courses at several universities across the country.
Thousands have been inspired by Doc’s story and Wine To Water has grown from one man’s mission into a global movement for clean water. Wine To Water has reached more than 650,000 people and worked in 25+ countries.
Wine To Water has saved thousands of lives by providing humanity’s most basic need, clean water. Doc speaks primarily through the Wine To Water Filter Build Program which provides an enriching, hands-on, socially responsible experience for companies and organizations to assemble filters and engage in the world’s water crisis.
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By using wine events to raise money and awareness about the lack of clean drinking water in the developing world, Doc Hendley has harnessed a powerful social force and multiplied the generosity of many.
Doc did not dream of dedicating his life to humanitarian efforts in developing countries. Far from it, in fact. He graduated from NC State University with a communications degree he wasn’t sure how to use. While bartending to pay the bills, he noticed the men and women sitting on the stools seemed to want to be part of something bigger. The 30-year-old Hendley got inspired behind the bar, and today his nonprofit group, Wine to Water, has dug, repaired and sanitized drinking wells for 25,000 people in five Third World countries. It’s an idea that started with wine tastings and a humble donation jar.