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SWS of AZ Corporate Social Responsibility Update  

Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona, according to Michael Jahn, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona and New Mexico, which are divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor.

I.   Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona: Association of Arizona Food Banks

Concerning Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona’s continuing support of this statewide non-profit organization in 2012, Mr. Jahn said, “In our ongoing effort to support local charitable causes, Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona always wants to put its best foot forward in giving back to the community. Proceeds from our Annual Product Show and Tasting were donated to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which is just one of scores of Arizona-based charities and local causes we support.”
The mission of the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB), a nonprofit organization with six member food banks across the state, is to deliver services to food banks and foster relationships in support of the group’s commitment to eliminate hunger. According to AAFB, the Association brings mostly donated food in and beyond Arizona to statewide food banks -- approximately 50 million pounds is projected for 2012 – the equivalent of about 45 million meals. For more information, visit www.azfoodbanks.com

II. Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is another beneficiary of proceeds from Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona’s Annual Product Show and Tasting, according to Michael Jahn, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona and New Mexico, divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

According to the group, the SARRC, founded in 1997, is a community-based organization dedicated to autism research for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families. In 2008 alone, SARRC provided more than 120,000 service hours to children, family members, professionals and para-professionals, and consistently ranks among the leaders in recruitment and enrollment of subjects for autism studies. For more information visit www.autismcenter.org.

Commenting on charitable support in 2012 by Southern team members, Mr. Jahn added, “We are active supporters of a wide range of socially responsible programs and charitable efforts in Arizona. I am especially proud of the individual and collective work and donations of our employees here in Arizona, all of whom make a difference in the communities in which they live. We count on continuing our support in 2013.”

III. Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona: City of Hope
In 2012, in looking over the variety of medical and community-based charitable activities that Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona supports each year, the City of Hope charitable campaign is one of the most important to Michael Jahn, Executive Vice President of Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., which is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor.

“This charity, which supports the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California, helps raise needed funds to pursue stem-cell research, a major tool in finding a cure to cancer and other medical illnesses. I am proud that Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona can play a small role in these important medical research efforts,” said Mr. Jahn.

The City of Hope charity program involves a number of activities in Arizona, chief among them is the annual City of Hope Banquet. In, 2012, this event alone includes donated time and effort on the part of more than 20 employees of Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona, Mr. Jahn noted. In addition to the Company donating fine wines and spirits at the banquet, Mr. Jahn said that the Company also makes substantial contributions, with the support of its supplier partners, to the banquet’s live and silent auctions, all of whose proceeds benefit the City of Hope Hospital. For more information, log onto: www.cityofhope.org

IV.   Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona: Children’s Miracle Network Fund

In 2012, the Company was involved in supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Fund, with a specific fundraising focus to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

According to the group’s website, “Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals across North America. Each year, the 170 hospitals in the network provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. Since its founding in 1983, Children's Miracle Network has raised more than $2.7 billion in support of these hospitals. This national charitable effort is unique in that 100 percent of the money raised will stay in the community to support the local children's hospital, which means Phoenix Children's Hospital receives all of the funds raised in the northern two-thirds of Arizona.”

V. Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona: Waste Management Thunderbird Annual Phoenix Open PGA Golf Tournament

In 2012, Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona participated as an official corporate sponsor during the annual Professional Golf Association (PGA) competition known as the Waste Management Thunderbird Phoenix Open. The PGA’s Thunderbird Phoenix Open collectively raised more than $5.5 million, all earmarked for a variety of charitable organizations across the state, according to Mike Reina, Director of Marketing, Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona.  One of only 55 “Thunderbirds” – a group of 55 major corporate sponsors of this PGA Tour event – Southern is proud to be counted among this set of key supporters, said Mr. Reina.

According to Mr. Reina, “In addition to our official sponsorship support at the Open, we also sponsored specific events during the Open, each of which also helps to raise funds for a wide range of community-based non-profits and charitable organizations. Echoing the sentiments of Michael Jahn, Mr. Reina said, “We are very proud to be part of this great annual golfing event, supporting many worthy groups in Arizona, and we plan on being a sponsor in 2013 as well.” The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, known as “The Greatest Show on Grass,” will be held at the TPC Scottsdale from January 28th to February 3rd, 2013.

Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest Corporate Social Responsibility

John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Pacific Northwest (Southern)—encompassing Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana—is extremely proud of the large number of Southern team members across all seven states who have offered their volunteer time and donations to a wide range of national, state and local charitable groups. In 2013 and continuing through 2014, Southern has offered support to more than two-dozen different community-based, non-profit organizations across the region.

Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk—Supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital

For eight years, Matt Haskins, Senior Vice President, Wine for the Pacific Northwest has participated in the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk, which benefits the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In 2013, Southern was one of the single largest independent donor groups of the Charity Run to support families struggling with medical bills. In 2014, Southern employees raised more than $14,000 for the run. The need for uncompensated care grows each year and is expected to exceed more than $100 million this year. Of the 100,000 patients treated at Children’s each year, 65% need financial assistance.

The Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk is hosted by The Run for Children's Guild. For more information, please visit: http://www.runforchildrens.org

Detlef Schrempf Foundation

In June 2014, Southern donated a selection of wines and spirits from its supplier partners to the 21st Annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Gala and Auction. The Detlef Schrempf Foundation serves as a fundraising entity for Northwest children’s charities, enabling organizations to expand their own fundraising efforts.  The foundation’s vision is to assist these organizations in their quest to provide children a better chance at succeeding in life.

Guests of the event included more than 500 local business leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists. Proceeds raised from The Ripple of Giving Gala fund The Healing Center and Inspire Youth Project.

For more information, please visit: http://detlef.com/

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

In 2014, Southern donated to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, Washington. The mission of the Crisis Nursery is to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families. This mission evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. Following her death, a group of local business people established the Crisis Nursery so that parents would have a safe place to bring their children in the face of crises.”

The Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven, parent education, crisis counseling for parents, and referrals to other community agencies. For more information, please visit: http://www.vanessabehan.org/

Covenant House Alaska 2014 Fire and Ice Ball

In January2014, Southern donated wines and spirits from participating supplier partners to the Fire and Ice Ball, with all proceeds going to the Covenant House Alaska. Covenant House Alaska has served thousands of homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth in Alaska. Their sole purpose is to help youth in crisis 24-hours a day. Through three main programs—emergency shelter, street outreach and transitional living programs—Covenant House Alaska meets the basic needs of youth in crisis, while also providing them with the support to become healthy, self-sufficient, contributing members of our community.

This year's Fire & Ice Ball was a huge success. $500,000 was raised to benefit Covenant House Alaska. In just one night, guests provided funds to keep their doors open 24 hours a day for over 100 days. Thanks to this fun night of fundraising, hundreds of young men and women will have a safe, warm, loving roof over their heads.

For more information, please visit: http://ak.covenanthouse.org/fire-and-ice-ball

Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society:

In 2014, the Anchorage Robert Burns Appreciation Society held its 22nd anniversary of the Anchorage Robert Burns Supper in honor of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. The charity event proceeds are earmarked for local charitable groups such as local Armed Services YMCA, Food Bank Alaska, and Breast Cancer Focus Alaska, among others.  Southern supported the event though an in-kind donation of wine and spirits.
 For more information, please visit: http://www.tarbas.org/index.php

Oregon Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

Thanks to the active participation of Southern team members, the annual food drive collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable goods which was donated to the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. The Oregon Food Bank distributes emergency food to hunger-relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. In addition, Oregon Food Bank’s metro and statewide services teams provide technical assistance and training to hunger-relief agencies and matches local donations to help agencies build capacity to better serve the community.

For more information, please visit: www.oregonfoodbank.org

One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies to distribute to people in need.

Southern’s Oregon team partnered with local retail customers to collect and donate several hundred coats for One Warm Coat of Oregon. For more information, please visit: www.onewarmcoat.org

Additional Outreach Efforts

In addition to the charitable, health and community groups noted above, Southern supports City of Hope, Northwest Harvest, Toys for Tots, the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Cordova Sockeye Festival, First Friday Art, Cancer Society, UAS Alumni Association, March of Dimes Celebrity Chef event, Fur Rendezvous, Blue Line Youth Hockey, and AK Selects and the Sitka Seafood Festival, which in 2014 will once again feature a special appearance from the Head Winemaker of Rodney Strong Vineyards Rick Sayre. Southern charitably supports the Children’s Cancer Association of Oregon, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and Elevate Oregon for urban youth.