Doc Hendley


About Doc Hendley - Founder & President of Wine To Water, Top 10 CNN Hero, Author, Philanthropist and Expert on the 'Power of One':

Doc Hendley is proof that anyone, even a tattooed keg tapper, can cure what ails the world. He is an expert on the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers. Doc will take you on an inspirational journey, where he shares his experience by focusing on innovation, motivation and teamwork - and the brilliant change that can be effected.

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, 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 Doc 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) non-profit aid organization and Doc’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% 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 then HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined. Every 15 seconds a child dies from unclean water.

Doc 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).

His book, Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World (Avery:Penguin, Jan 2012), is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who's changing the world through clean water.

Doc is the second of four children, with one older sister and two younger brothers. He currently resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife and 2 sons.

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What Doc Hendley Talks About:

Hell or High Water: How One Man Turned Wine into Water and Transformed Customers into Crusaders
In his signature talk, Doc will lead you through his inspiring journey of digging for hope – turning wine to water & other modern day miracles.

Doc will have the audience on the edge of their seat, they will be fully engaged, and will leave feeling enriched by the presentation and the following takeaways:

  • How to do what we can with what we have
  • Learn the immense power of relationships to transcend perceived barriers
  • Prove the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable
  • Doc tells the story of his journey to Africa and the miraculous happenings surrounding his mission

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 Recent Publications

In today’s complex world, Doc takes you back to the basics and points out that sometimes the simplest solutions provide the best outcome. His story is transferable to many aspects of life where mission, passion and service intersect. While his story creates impact at the highest level, you leave inspired to make a difference as well.

Board of Directors, Association for Healthcare Foodservice

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