Kathie Lee Gifford & Heidi Scheid


GIFFT Wines and Scheid Vineyards – Monterey, CA

Kathie Lee Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. Through best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the three-time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, Gifford has always pursued projects that inspire and challenger her. Gifford made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's 'Putting it Together' in 2000, then originated the role of Marta Dunhill in Rupert Holmes' 'Thumbs' and played Miss Hannigan in a record-breaking run of "Annie" at Madison Square Garden. In 2005 her first musical 'Under The Bridge' (book and lyrics, contributing composer) opened off Broadway. In November 2012 her musical 'Scandalous' (book/lyrics) opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater and received a Tony nomination.

She is the NY Times best-selling author of many books including "Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg-Life and Other Calamities," "Party Animals," and "The Legend of Messy M'Cheany." Her ninth book, "The Three Gifts," was released in November of 2012 with proceeds going to Childhelp. She started her own podcast, Kathie Lee & Company on Podcast One this past fall.

Gifford devotes much of her time to the Association to Benefit Children, which spawned the Cody Foundation. The resources from the Association continue to support Cody House and Cassidy's Place. Cody House provides a transitional home for infants and children who have severe disabilities and serious medical problems. Named for Gifford's daughter, Cassidy's Place, is the home of the Association to Benefit Children's (ABC) national children advocacy.

Heidi Scheid is Senior Vice President of Scheid Vineyards Inc. Scheid Vineyards has grown wine grapes in Monterey County since 1972 and farms approximately 4,200 acres comprised of ten estate vineyards. Scheid Vineyards also operates a state-of-the-art, 30,000-ton capacity winery facility in Greenfield. In addition to supplying wine grapes and contract wines to a wide spectrum of wineries, the Company produces a portfolio of fine wines under its Scheid Family Wines division, including GIFFT Wines, a joint venture with Kathie Lee Gifford.

Ms. Scheid joined Scheid Vineyards in 1992 as Director of Planning and served as the company's Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining Scheid Vineyards, she served as a senior valuation analyst at Ernst & Young, LLP and as an associate at the venture capital firm of InterVen Partners. Ms. Scheid has been a director of California Association of Winegrape Growers since 2007 and currently serves as its Chairman. She has served as a director of Wine Market Council since 1990, a wine industry association aimed at expanding the American wine consumer base. She holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California.

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