Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, according to Steven Dick, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.). These three operations are divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor.

I. The Foundation for Retinal Research – Delaware Chapter

In 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware is proud to support The Foundation for Retinal Research which is committed to finding treatments and cures for Retinal Degenerative Diseases and supporting the lives of affected families, according to the group’s website.

FRR's scientists, the group reports, are making strides in identifying genes and paving the path towards clinical trials. The FRR is helping speed up the time frame for these trials, with the hope that there will be sight restoration for all patients.

II. Center for African American Heritage / Delaware Historical Society

In 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware is proud to support Center for African American Heritage in Wilmington, Delaware, according to news on the Delaware Historical Society’s website. The Center’s new programs build on an existing foundation of Historical Society educational activities over the past ten years which include curriculum-based, hands-on programs for schoolchildren in kindergarten through sixth grade on Delaware’s African American heroes and the Underground Railroad; special exhibitions on two centuries of African American Delawareans and jazz legend, Clifford Brown; a traveling exhibition on the Underground Railroad in Delaware; and numerous lectures and publications recounting Delaware’s African American history and heritage.

III. The Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (DFRC)

In 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware is proud to support the DFRC, which is a well-respected foundation dedicated to raising funds and consciousness through quality events to support enrichment programs so that all Delawareans with intellectual disabilities maximize their potential, independence, and enjoyment of life.

During 2013, the DFRC is the sponsor of seven major annual events that involve hundreds of citizens in our state. With only three paid employees, the majority of activities are executed by volunteers, providing for an exceptionally high percentage of the funds raised being returned directly into the community by grant awards.

DFRC's founding event is the DFRC Blue-Gold AlléStar Football Game, initiated in 1956 by Bob Carpenter and Jim Williams. The DFRC Blue-Gold Game involves students with outstanding character, community involvement, leadership ability, sportsmanship, and overall respect for their fellow man who also happen to be football players, cheerleaders, band members, and ambassadors. The high school students are chosen by their schools and offered the opportunity to be paired with a child or young adult who is intellectually challenged in order to create a better understanding of the abilities they possess. This pairing is the Hand¬-in-Hand Program, and it is the very heart of DFRC's Blue-Gold Program. From February through June, the DFRC Hand-in-Hand Program sponsors planned events that allow the high school seniors and their buddies who are intellectually challenged opportunities to interact and bond, and to build and nurture relationships that enhance the development of understanding and compassion for each other.

DFRC and its outreach belong to the entire state of Delaware, and the results of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers are rewarded by the magnitude of the enrichment OFRC provides for all Delawareans. The Hand-in-Hand Program teaches everyone involved valuable lessons about acceptance, inclusion, relationships, and unconditional love. Both high school students and their buddies reap tremendous personal rewards from their participation in the DFRC Blue-Gold Program. Visit the DFRC web site at www.dfrcfoundation.org for more insight into the efforts of this Foundation. Mr. Dick plans on Southern’s continuing support of DFRC’s efforts into 2013.

IV. Breathe for Life Golf Classic - Delaware

In 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware continued its tradition as a proud supporter of the annual Breathe for Life Golf Classic. The tournament is held to raise money for research, programs, services and advocacy efforts by the American Lung Association of Delaware.

V. American Lung Association of Delaware

The American Lung Association of Delaware is an organization that supports programs and services such as tobacco prevention programs for youth and teens as well as tobacco cessation efforts for those already smoking, research to find a cure for asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases, advocacy efforts to ensure that Delaware’s indoor and outdoor air remain clean, support and educational opportunities for patients and their families affected by COPD, sarcoidosis and other respiratory diseases, as well as educational initiatives for physicians, health care professionals and other community volunteers. Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware continues its support of this worthy group in 2013.

VI. Harry’s Hospitality Golf Outing - Delaware

In 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware continued to be a proud sponsor of the annual Harry’s Hospitality Golf Outing. Created about 12 years ago by Xavier Teixido, Owner of Harry’s Savoy Grill, the Harry’s Hospitality Golf Outing raises money to award a student enrolled in the Hospitality Restaurant and Industrial Management program at the University of Delaware. This charitable event is aimed at encouraging and inspiring students enrolled in the program to become educated in, and excel in the hospitality industry. Mr. Dick pledged Southern’s ongoing support for the charity’s 2013 golf outing, with a date to be announced.

VII. National Restaurant Association Education Annual Scholarship - Delaware

In 2013, Steven Dick, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.), is extremely proud to have Southern be a corporate sponsor of the National Restaurant Association’s Delaware chapter of the non-profit’s Educational Foundation. The 2-year college scholarship program and grants go to support students pursuing food service and hospitality industry studies. For more information, please visit: http://www.nraef.org/Students/Scholarships

VIII. Additional Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware Charitable Giving – 2012-2013

As in previous years, according to Mr. Dick, Southern’s Delaware operation also provides support to a variety of charitable and community-based organizations in 2012 and 2013: Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund; Make a Wish Foundation; Holloway Terrace Fire Company; Share Our Strength-Delaware Chapter/No Kid Hungry Annual Benefit; Delaware Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign; Delaware Hospice; Restoration of Fort Delaware State Park; Cystic Fibrosis of Hunt Valley, Delaware Chapter; the American Cancer Society, Delaware Chapter; and Ride For Kids Brain Tumor Foundation, Delaware Chapter, among others. Mr. Dick added that he is proud that many Southern team members in Delaware also make individual contributions to time and money to these and other community-based charities.

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.