Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky, according to Will Conniff, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota, which are divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of service since 1968.
I. Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky and Operation Homefront/Ft. Campbell, Kentucky
Operation Homefront is a Southern Wine & Spirits of America National Initiative to support the families of our troops here at home.
Headed up by Ken Kribel, Senior Vice President, National Accounts, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and national SWS representative and volunteer for this program, together with Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky team members including Mike Wanamaker, SWS Operation Homefront Director of Development, and Carly Samuelson, Operation Homefront, Special Events, from Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky, plus addition SWS of Kentucky volunteers, as well as volunteers from Jim Beam Brands, Wal-Mart and other Kentucky resident volunteers, all pitched in and distributed 400 2011-2012 holiday food baskets to waiting families and soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell at the Oak Grove Community Center.
Mr. Conniff said, “On behalf of Ken Kribel, our colleagues in Miami at the national level, I want to all of them as well as express how proud we are in our Kentucky operation to be participating in this great community outreach program to help the families and soldiers at Fort Campbell. I also want to express our thanks to Kentucky volunteers, Jim Beam Brands and the folks at Wal-Mart.”
The 2011 event marks the second year of Southern’s participation in the Fort Campbell food drive. If you would like to participate next December and need additional information please go to http://www.operationhomefront.net/holidaymeals.
II. Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky and the 2012 Mint Jubilee Gala Fundraiser
Coming in May 2012, Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky is again the signature sponsor for annual The Mint Jubilee Gala. This event benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and its Mint Jubilee Cancer Resource Center and Gilda’s Club Louisville. The black-tie event, which began in 1997, is held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky on the eve of the Kentucky Derby each year.
According to Mr. Conniff, The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is one of the community’s leading facilities in the treatment of cancer. The Center is within its final push toward National Cancer Institute designation. The Mint Jubilee Resource Center assists patients and families in dealing with the physical and psychological challenges of cancer. Gilda’s Club is a special place where all cancer patients and their families join with others to build social and emotional support. The funds from the Mint Jubilee Gala will go a long way toward supporting these endeavors.
To find out more about the event, please visit www.mintjubilee.org.
III. Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky: 2011 Holiday Project/Salvation Army/St. Joseph Children Home/Fairdale Ministries
For the 13th consecutive year, the employees of Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., showed their generosity by helping needy families during the Holiday Season. The out of town families were selected in conjunction with the local Salvation Army and the Jefferson County Public Schools. This year we sponsored a total of 11 families. The families were located in Owensboro (2), Lexington (3), Covington (2), and Louisville (4). Also, the company provided clothing for over 30 children selected from the Jefferson County Public Schools. We also provided shoes for 30 children at St. Joseph Children Home here in Louisville, KY. The reception from the Southern Wine & Spirits employees was overwhelming.
This program has been in operation since 1998. Supervised by Chris Hagan, our Human Resources Manager, employees were glad to assist these families during the Holiday season. We are proud to participate in this particular effort, as we do for many other charities, and we continue to want to play a constructive role in these efforts across Kentucky. Mr. Hagan noted that the Company has received written thank you notes from the organizations as well as thank you cards from the family members including the children.
IV. Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky and the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk for the American Cancer Society
Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky employees walked during the annual 5K “Making Strides” Cancer Walk in 2011, with more than 14,000 participants who collectively raised more than $650,000 for the American Cancer Society.
As in 2010, TEAM SOUTHERN, captained by Jenna Hegg and Beth Bollnow began the fundraising drive soliciting friends and family, holding bake sales, “yard sales” and many biscuit sales.
V. Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky: 2011 Holiday Project/ Salvation Army/St. Joseph Children Home/Jefferson County Public Schools
During the 2011 holiday season and for the 13th consecutive year, the employees of Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky showed their generosity by helping needy families during the 2011/2012 holidays. The out of town families were selected in conjunction with the local Salvation Army and the Jefferson County Public Schools. We also provided shoes for children at St. Joseph Children Home here in Louisville, KY. The reception from the Southern Wine & Spirits employees was overwhelming.
This program has been in operation since 1998. Supervised by Chris Hagan, Southern Wine & Spirits of Kentucky Human Resources Manager, employees were honored to help many Kentucky families during the 2011/2012 holiday season. Mr. Hagan said, “We are very proud to contribute to the Salvation Army effort, the Jefferson County Public Schools and the St. Joseph Children Home, just like we do for other local and statewide charities. We want to continue to be a good neighbor to our fellow citizens and families across Kentucky.”
Mr. Conniff said, “On behalf of all our Kentucky team members, I want to praise their generosity and all the personal time they devote to these worthy community efforts across the State of Kentucky.”