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Doc Hendley              

Musician; Founder and President of Wine to Water; CNN's Hero of the Year

In 2003 Doc Hendley dreamed up the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide.

When Hendley returned home in 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue growing the organization he had started only two years earlier. And in 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for over three years, Wine To Water became an official 501 (c)(3) and Hendley's dream finally became a reality.

Hendley's work aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water, a figure estimated by the World Health Organization. Nearly two-thirds of that group lives in Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, 42 percent of the population lives without yard taps, household connections or other improvements to sanitize water. Unclean water is the number one killer of children in the world. Water borne illnesses kill far more children than HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined. Every 15 seconds a child dies from unclean water.

Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John). He is the author of Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World.

He lives in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Amber, and two sons, Justice and Beattie. Balancing family life and the demands of building Wine To Water, Doc Hendley continues to travel to underdeveloped, war-ridden nations, working in the field to bring clean water to those in need.


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Speech Topics

Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water & Other Modern Day Miracles

Doc Hendley gives a motivational and inspiring presentation on relationships called “Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water & Other Modern Day Miracles.” His presentations are customized to individual events. In each talk he: teaches us to do what we can with what we have; illustrates the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers; and proves the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable.

Hell or High Water: How One Man Turned Wine into Water & Transformed Customers into Crusaders


Former bartender turns wine into water -

Doc Hendley's nonprofit, Wine to Water, has helped provide clean water to more than 150000 people in 15 countries.

CNN Heroes 2013 - Everyday People Changing the World - Special ...

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CNN Heroes Special Presentations Tackle Veteran Housing and ...

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Picture - All Star Tribute, Amber Hendley and Doc Hendley | Photo ...

A picture of All Star Tribute, Amber Hendley and Doc Hendley - 2013 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute - Contactmusic photo 3962366.

Doc Hendley: The Bartender Who Turns Wine To Water « Jack ...

Doc Hendley is the founder and president of Wine To Water. In 2003 he dreamed up the concept of the organization while bartending and playing music in ...

'I saw hope in their eyes': Heroes team up for typhoon relief -

So he reached halfway around the world to Doc Hendley, a North Carolina clean- water activist who had also been honored as a top 10 CNN Hero in 2009.

N.C. man creates Wine to Water to help those in need

Doc Hendley founded the nonprofit organization Wine to Water and wrote a book of the same name. Last month, he spoke to an auditorium filled to capacity at ...

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