SWS of New York and Winery Partners Donate $120,000 to Habitat for Humanity
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 Contact: Larry Goodrich
                                                                     Executive Vice President, General Manager
                                                                     Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
                                                                     Telephone: (516) 730-3100
                                                                                   

Southern Wine & Spirits of New York And Winery Partners Donate $120,000 to Habitat for Humanity - New York in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Southern and 10 Leading Winery Partners Contribute to Completion of 53,000- square-foot Complex for Families in Need

SYOSSET, NEW YORK - April 8, 2009:  Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor and Control States Broker with a tradition of service excellence since 1968, announced today that the Company along with 10 of its leading winery partners are partnering with Habitat for Humanity - New York City in the construction of a 41-unit, 53,000-square-foot multifamily affordable condominium complex in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The Southern Wine & Spirits partnership is supplementing the project’s overall budget with a $120,000 donation. Construction is expected to be completed later in 2009.

According to Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, the Company’s own donation to the project was combined with generous contributions from 10 of its winery partners, including: Champagne Pommery, Delicato Family Vintners, W.J. Deutsch and Sons, J. Lohr Estates, Mendocino Wine Company, Palm Bay International, Pernod Ricard USA, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Trinchero Family Estates and The Wine Group.

Josh Lockwood, Executive Director of Habitat-NYC, said: “Habitat for Humanity – New York City gives a hearty toast to Southern Wine and Spirits and its industry partners. Thanks to their generosity, many hardworking, responsible New York City families will have the opportunity to own safe and affordable homes and to provide a better future for their children.” Lockwood noted the Brownsville project features a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom condos within a group of three, four-story buildings.

Harvey R. Chaplin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, “Having been born and raised in Brownsville, I am especially proud and gratified to be involved in this extremely worthy project which is destined to enhance the lives of working families who will now be able to afford and move into a new apartment complex, as  well as the entire Brownsville community at large.” Mr. Chaplin added, “On behalf of our Company, I also want to acknowledge and extend my personal thanks to all our winery partners whose executives have generously supported this Habitat for Humanity – New York City community-based project.”

Brett Dunne, Vice President, General Sales Manager, Wines, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, said, “In this exciting Brooklyn-based community project, Southern has been joined by the New York State Affordable Housing Project, the New York City Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, the Independence Community Foundation, along with Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Delta Airlines, Goldman Sachs, Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs, among others. Along with Larry, Harvey and Mr. Lockwood, I want to especially thank our 10 outstanding winery partners for sharing our vision of supporting the local communities in which we do business.  Each winery has given generously in supporting this Brownsville apartment building complex project.”

According to Mr. Lockwood of Habitat for Humanity - New York City, low-income families who want information about how to apply for a condo in this complex can go to www.habitatnyc.org and click on Own a Habitat Home for criteria and an application.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America:

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 29 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in:  Alabama,  Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia—as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership.  In addition, Southern has announced an additional pending strategic arrangement with Glazer’s Family of Companies in the center of the country—resulting in an incremental 8 markets to Southern’s existing footprint. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members.  For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.

About Habitat for Humanity - New York City:

Habitat for Humanity - New York City transforms lives and our city by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year, Habitat-NYC has built more than 180 affordable living units in the five boroughs of New York City. Learn more about Habitat-NYC at www.habitatnyc.org

 

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