Announcing Whiskey Business – Experience the Scottish Highlands

Back by popular demand, we are excited to announce our annual Whiskey Business: Scottish Highlands that will be held on Friday, September 25th at The Old Silk Mill. This year’s fundraiser will take us on a journey to the land of majestic mountain ranges, castles, tartan kilts and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

We invite you to dress for the occasion by celebrating the Scottish heritage by wearing tartan kilts for the gentleman and tartan skirts or vests for the ladies! 

At this Scottish gathering also known as a Ceilidh (pronounced kei· lee), guests may sip and savor the national drink of Scotland through premium Scotch tastings as well as an open bar of top shelf Scotch. Whiskey, wine, and beer will also be served as well as Scottish-themed hor’s d’oeuvres.

Whiskey Business: Scottish Highlands   would not be complete without a Silent Auction featuring a variety of quality items. Let the bidding commence!  100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly towards are programs to save live in our area. You can also expect exciting activities that are currently in the works.

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to travel to our very own Scotland. We look forward to creating an unforgettable experience for our guests while raising awareness to our cause.

Ticket includes:

* Open Bar of Top Shelf Scotch and Whiskey as well as Wine and Beer

* Premium Scotch Tastings

* Heavy Assortment of Scottish Inspired Food

* Hand-Rolled Cigars

* Performances by the UMW Eagle Pipe Band

* Live Music by the Significant Others

* Access to Silent Auction

* Business Prep Attire. Kilts Encouraged but not Required.

* 21 and Older

This community event is made possible by Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will be used towards training and educating the community on the importance of Hands-Only CPR and the use of an AED.


Stay Connected With Us

Shannon Frick

Program Manager

Shannon is the Program Manager at Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, where she oversees all programs, including CPR & AED training, the AED program, the Scholarship program, and the volunteer program. Coming from a military family, Shannon has traveled the world but calls Northern Virginia her home after more than 20 years in the area.

She graduated from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, with a degree in English and later earned an associate’s degree in emergency medical science from Northern Virginia Community College to pursue a career as a first responder. Shannon served as a professional Paramedic/Firefighter for 13 years with the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. During her tenure, she spent over half of her career in the training division.

Shannon’s extensive instructional experience provides her with a deep understanding of effective teaching methodologies and practices, making her an invaluable asset in delivering successful CPR & AED training to all groups of all ages. Her role at Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation aligns perfectly with her background, as she works to equipe community members with the skills and confidence to perform Hands-Only CPR and use AEDs, ultimately saving lives.

When she is not instructing, Shannon enjoys spending time outdoors. She may be out snowboarding, paddleboarding with her corgi, training her deaf pitbull sign language commands – or just running after both of them with her fiancé at the dog park.


Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.