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Monday, February 17, 2014

02/17 - Speratus Winery - Wine for Scholarships


Speratus takes its name from the Latin word “sperare” - "to hope'. It is hope that Speratus provides for families in need. Sales of Speratus wines provide scholarship funds to low income families, so that they may have the opportunity to secure a great Lasallian education for their children.

Inside Story

Swiss native Jean Hoefliger trained at some of the world’s greatest wineries, including Bordeaux’s Château Lynch-Bages, before going on to helm the cellars at cult Napa wineries Newton and Alpha Omega.

Jean Hoefliger
Kelly Trevethan

Kelly Trevethen is a member of Alpha Omega’s board, a wine connoisseur and a passionate supporter of Lasallian education. He asked Hoefliger, who consults for wineries all over the world, to work with him on a boutique wine label whose proceeds would fund scholarships for needy and at-risk children to San Francisco Bay Area Lasallian high schools. Thus, Speratus was born.

Kelly Trevethan, Founder

The grandson of Italian winemakers, Kelly inherited his family's passion for wine and wine making.  It was this passion that inspired Speratus Winery. 

Kelly started his Wealth Management career in 1983 at Bear Stearns & Co. and has earned the designation Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and the Investment Strategist Certificate from the Investment Management Consulting Association, completed at The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.

From 1995 to 2008, Kelly managed The Trevethan Group at Oppenheimer & Co. , where he was a Managing Director of Investments with the firm and was a member of the Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Chairman's Council, a prestigious recognition awarded to their top Financial Advisers.

Kelly also co-founded The Physicians' Financial Resource Group, a team of financial advisers whose broad financial services platform focuses on sub-specialty physicians and medical groups.

He is a past member of the Saint Mary's College Board of Regents, Investment Management Consultants' Association (, the Financial Planning Association (, the San Francisco Estate Planning Council (, the National Committee on Planned Giving ( Mr. Trevethan is a member of the De La Salle High School President's Advisory Board (, and also on the board of Alpha Omega Winery (


President, Justin-Siena High School

Justin-Siena is a Catholic, college preparatory high school in the Lasallian tradition which serves approximately 635 young men and women in grades 9 - 12. The School is located on forty acres in the City of Napa and in the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). Justin-Siena serves a variety of students from Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.


De La Salle, Concord, and recent graduate from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
“I am currently a fourth-year physics major at Cal Poly. I graduated from De La Salle in 2009, and I cannot stress how much the experience has resonated within me since then. Being a man of faith, integrity, and scholarship makes more sense to me each passing day, and I honestly feel more complete because of it. The values that De La Salle instills in its students are something of profound importance not only for the students, but for all the people that these students eventually influence. Without the Bishop Cummins Scholarship Program, I might possibly not be writing this letter to you today.  The Bishop Cummins Program put further emphasis to my experience at De La Salle by truly challenging me as to how I defined myself as a man, and what I could do to get better.  Besides the much appreciated financial aid, the Bishop Cummins Program ensured that I had mentors constantly pushing me, to take my character to the next level. These mentors were a force of nature when it came to reminding us how we ought to act. I still keep these things in mind to this day and hope that, one day, I may return to De La Salle to contribute to this great experience for others.”




Lasallian Scholarship Programs

Lasallian High Schools are Catholic college-preparatory school for boys and girls, sponsored by the Christian Brothers. These Schools are committed to keeping great education accessible to families of limited means.

Embodying this commitment are the school's unique scholarship program that serves the children of families in poverty. These various scholarship programs are designed for students who show academic potential and have a strong desire to attend a Lasallian High School, but whose families have an income below 185% of the adjusted federal poverty level (as of 2010, this means a family of four earning less than $41,000 annually).

These scholarship programs aid these families not only with tuition but also with the predictable expenses of normal high school life. The children of poor families live lives full of challenges and responsibilities: they take care of siblings, stand in for absent parents, earn money for the household, and deal with many kinds of difficulties.

The scholarship program's success has been remarkable. One of the scholarship recipients, who is now in college recently said, "I realize now that everything you said was right. It was hard work in high school, but it really prepared me. College is hard - but I'm prepared."









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