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Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, according to Richard Crossland, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, which is a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor.

I. Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado and Its Employees Assist Wildfire Victims

(DENVER, COLORADO) August 6, 2012: To support the wildfire victims across the state of Colorado, the employees of Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado (SWS-CO) have initiated a state-wide relief program. The effort has raised thousands of dollars for the American Red Cross to help those heavily impacted by the devastating wildfires across the state.

This humanitarian effort was a grass-roots fundraising drive initiated by Kristi Gardner and Jenni David, two SWS-CO employees. "We wanted to do our part to help those who have lost their homes to wildfires,” stated Richard Crossland, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Southern’s Colorado division.

In response to an effort coordinated by SWS-CO and Southern’s Miami headquarters, SWS-CO employees made individual donations to the wildfire relief effort. Employee donations were then matched by the Southern Wine & Spirits Charitable Foundation to double the impact.

Noting the tremendous number of Southern employee participants and the significant relief dollars that poured in voluntarily, Southern’s President & Chief Operating Officer Wayne E. Chaplin said, “I am extremely proud of our Colorado team members and their quick and generous response to this tragic natural disaster.”

Adding to Chaplin’s remarks, Southern’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Lee F. Hager said, "It is personally important to recognize generous employees who helped contribute to the success of our company’s relief program. We are grateful to be able to provide some measure of support for our Colorado neighbors as they rebuild their communities and lives."

Southern’s relief donation will be channeled through the American Red Cross.

II. Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado and The Denver Food and Wine Classic  

The Company was a proud partner and continued sponsor for the 8th Annual Denver Food and Wine Classic, which was held on September 6th - 8th, 2012. According to Mr. Crossland, one of the highlights of this year's Classic was the Grand Tasting Event featuring many wine and spirits supplier partners of Southern. Mr. Crossland said the event's location change to the landscaped campus of Metropolitan State College was a success with more than 4,000 people sampling food from the best restaurants in the regions along with the best wines and spirits from Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado.

Mr. Crossland added that funds raised from this event were earmarked for the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation along with Kroenke Sports Charities, Post-News Charities and Metro State College. As in previous years, the Classic was also the launch of fundraising for Metro State College’s Hospitality Program to build a working hotel school on campus.

Mr. Crossland looks forward to Southern’s ninth year of partnership with The Denver Food and Wine Classic at Metro State College campus on September 2013, with dates to be announced.



III. Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado: Scholarship Support to Metropolitan State College Hospitality Program

Southern Wine and Spirits of Colorado has awarded three full scholarships to deserving students attending the Hospitality Program at Colorado’s Metro State College, which is located in Denver. As in past years, Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, in close consultation with Metro State College, awarded these three 2010 scholarships to deserving members of the Colorado hospitality industry, all of whom are now attending Metro State College.



As a result of previous academic support offered Metro State by Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, Mr. Crossland said, “Thanks to our involvement with Metro State College’s Hospitality Program, we are very proud of having provided sustained scholarship support to some of the future leaders of Colorado’s hospitality industry.”



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.