Violet’s roots are in Croatia, a country where there were an estimated 1.2 million landmines planted during the Balkan War. Her father, Miljenko ‘Mike’ Grigich, joined Roots of Peace on a U.S. Department of State mission to his beloved homeland in May 2000. Over the years, Violet has been a strong supporter of Roots of Peace and has accompanied the organization to Washington D.C. for a Mines to Vines dinner hosted by Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
An artist and musician, Violet has designed special Roots of Peace bottles of Grgich Hills Estate wine to raise both awareness and funds. She was also the architect who created the Roots of Peace Fountain to ‘collect’ pennies at the entrance of their legendary Napa Valley winery. The fountain invites international visitors to ‘make a wish’ for peace. Violet’s efforts to collect pennies has supported the campaign, co-founded by ABC News Anchor Cheryl Jennings and Kyleigh Kuhn, to raise over 50 million American ‘pennies for peace’ to build schools for girls in Afghanistan.