Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Corporate Social Responsibility

In 2013 and continuing through 2014, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York (Southern) has supported more than 150 different charitable groups and community-based, non-profit organizations across the Empire State, according to Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager of the market. Goodrich is extremely proud of the tremendous amount of volunteer support contributed by Southern’s New York employees since entering the market a decade ago.

I.  Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

The seventh annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is sponsored by Southern and hosted by the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. The event features a one-of-a-kind line-up of chefs, winemakers, culinary personalities, and mixologists. All proceeds go toward helping the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.

Food Bank For New York City has been recognized for more than 30 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. The Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by research dedicated to integrated food-poverty assistance. Through its network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank provides 400,000 free meals each day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank's hands-on nutrition education program in the area reaches thousands of children, teens and adults.

Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, works toward ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food needed to lead a healthy, active life. Through the No Kid Hungry Campaign—a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs. The campaign invests in community organizations that help the fight against hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals, and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger at the state and city level.  Share Our Strength collaborates with the culinary community in New York, as well as its network of volunteers, to host innovative fundraising events and develop creative marketing campaigns to support the No Kid Hungry campaign.

For more information about the annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, please visit: http://corporate.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/

II.   Food Bank For NYC Can Do 2014 Awards Dinner

On April 9, Southern lent its support to Food Bank For New York City's biggest fundraising event of the year—the Can Do Awards Dinner. Taking place at the Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, the dinner honored longtime partners in the fight to end hunger, Ebro North America and BronxWorks.

For more information about the 2015 event, please visit: http://www.foodbanknyc.org/events/can-do-awards-dinner

III. Elizabeth’s Hope: Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Elizabeth's Hope, a charity dedicated to funding a groundbreaking research initiative offering neuroscientists the unprecedented ability to identify the unique molecular characteristics of their patients’ brain tumors. With support from Southern, the charity hosted its first-ever fundraising cocktail party on April 25, 2014 at the Bowery Hotel in New York City. Guests enjoyed live music, drinks and dancing, hors d'oeuvres, sweet treats and a silent auction.

Elizabeth Minter, along with her family and friends, founded Elizabeth’s Hope in 2011 in collaboration with her neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield, director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center's Children's Brain Tumor Project. Weill Cornell Medical College is among the top-ranked clinical and medical research centers in the country. All proceeds raised by the fundraiser event were donated to Elizabeth's Hope.

For additional information, please visit http://elizabethshope.com/about-elizabeths-hope/ and http://weill.cornell.edu/about-us/index.html to learn more.

IV. Capital Pride 2014 - Capital District Gay Community Council, Inc.

For the seventh year, Southern lent support to the Capital District Gay Community Council’s annual Capital Pride fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser was held in the city’s popular Washington Park. As in past years, Southern donates a selection of wines and spirits from its portfolio to the annual event.

Capital PRIDE is the largest pride celebration in upstate New York. The mission of the Pride Center of the Capital Region is to promote the well being of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identified people and those discriminated against based on gender identity and expression.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cdglcc.org

V. The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families’ “A Slice of Latin America” Tasting Gala

In 2014, Southern was proud to be the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor of The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) annual fundraiser. The 14th Annual "A Slice of Latin America" Tasting Gala & 30th Anniversary Celebration, held on March 27 was a tremendous success. The premier gala event featured the delectable tastes of Latin America served by a host of New York City’s most celebrated chefs and accompanied by Southern’s finest wines and spirits.

Since 1982, CHCF has been dedicated to combining education and advocacy to expand opportunities for children and families, and strengthen the voice of the Latino community. Believing that the most effective way to support Latino families is by building upon their existing strengths and fostering self-sufficiency, CHCF provides services to the community through Youth Development programs and an Early Care & Education Institute.

For more information, please visit: http://www.chcfinc.org/

VI. Black Culinarian Alliance – 2014 Global Food and Wine Experience

On June 26, Southern supported the annual Black Culinarian Alliance Global (BCA Global) Food and Wine Experience in New York City.

Black Culinary Alliance Global advocates and promotes diversity and cultural awareness in the culinary, food service and hospitality industries. Thanks to its supporters, BCA Global has earned the recognition as an organization the culinary and hospitality industries can turn to for qualified professionals of color with a passion for excellence. BCA Global creates the opportunity to advance diversity at both the grassroots and institutional level while also expanding programs that not only empower career-minded individuals, but also expose industry leaders to the issues that those entering the field face.

In 2009, Everett Hinds, Sales Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, was honored with the group’s Vision in Wine award. The Vision in Wine award is presented to individuals in recognition for their dedication to building awareness, appreciation, and creating exposure for people of color to provide a higher level of understanding for the culture of wines.

For more information, please visit: http://bcaglobal.org

VII. Hillside Children’s Center – Taste of Success

On May 1, 2014, the Hillside Children’s Center held a Taste of Success fundraiser at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse—benefiting the upstate non-profit group, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC). Southern has supported the event for six years.

Besides the great food and networking opportunities, half the fun of the event is the annual Chef Challenge. Celebrity chefs, who are high profile business and community leaders in the Syracuse area, compete to raise money supporting the HW-SC. The evening consists of recipe tastings, silent auction, chef voting and the announcement of the winning celebrity chef.
Hillside Family of Agencies provides individualized health, education, and human services in partnership with children, youth, adults, and their families through an integrated system of care.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hillside.com

VIII. Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center

In 2014, the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center (BHSC) Foundation held its annual fundraiser, Good Vibrations. Funds raised support families across Western New York. In our first year of involvement, Southern donated a selection of wines and spirits for the event.

The Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center offers innovative services to children and adults with communication disorders and specialized education needs. BHSC believes communication is a basic human right, and as such, offers a variety of communication-based therapies to service Niagara and Erie counties and school-based programs in Chautauqua County.

For more information, please see: http://www.askbhsc.org