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Patricia A. Stryker (born 1956) is the granddaughter of Homer Stryker, surgeon and creator of Stryker Corporation, a medical technology firm.
The low profile heiress has been more active in civic life lately, with the fascination with liberal causes. She contributed $3 million to conquer a 2002 ballot initiative regarding bilingual education in Colorado. In 2004, she gave $20 million to Colorado State University, mainly to help its football team.
Stryker purchased Sonoma’s Sommer Vineyards in 1999, which she reconstructed, replanted, and rechristened as Stryker Sonoma. It covers 32 acres (129,000 m) in Alexander Valley, California, manufacturer of classic vinifera varieties Bordeaux and Zinfandel.
In 2006, Stryker gave $500,000 to the Coalition for Progress, a political action committee that contributed heavily to support Democratic party nominees in Michigan elections. In 2008, Stryker gave $87,500 to the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President Elect Barack Obama. Stryker contributed $3 million to conquer a 2002 ballot initiative regarding bilingual education in Colorado. Major political contributions in the four to favorite Democratic nominees has played a part in electing a Democratic majority in Colorado’s house and senate.