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.