Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, according to Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, which is a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor. According to Mr. Goodrich, the Company’s activities focus on both the Metro New York City region as well as across Upstate New York.

I. 2012 and 2103 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival and Southern Wine & Spirits of New York

The fifth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which took place October 11-14, 2012, was hosted by and benefited the Food Bank or New York City and Share Our Strength®.

Food Bank For New York City recognizes 28 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank's hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence.

Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.

Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its 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; invests in community organizations fighting hunger; teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and builds public-private partnerships to end childhood hunger, at the state and city level. Working closely with the culinary industry and relying on the strength of its volunteers, Share Our Strength hosts innovative culinary fundraising events and develops pioneering cause marketing campaigns that support No Kid Hungry.

With Southern Wine & Spirits of New York serving as the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor, the event features a one-of-a-kind line-up of chefs, winemakers, culinary personalities, and mixologists. 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds go toward helping Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength®, each of which fight hunger.

For more information about the sixth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, from October 17-20, 2013, please visit: http://corporate.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/

II. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and Habitat for Humanity-Nassau County Chapter

Southern Wine & Spirits of NY-Metro partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County to help a family put the home into home ownership.

On March 9-13, 2013, Southern employees volunteered their Saturday to sheath a home. Most new walls need sheathing to strengthen them; it acts as a nailing base for siding, and to boost insulation. This required climbing on the interior and exterior of the home frame and overcoming our fear of heights for some. In the end, the home is able to withstand the gusty winds. We also installed the fire blocks; this prevents a fire from rising quickly throughout the home.

Habitat for Humanity is a generous organization that provides hope and opportunity to struggling families. Knowing that we’re a part of that - no matter how small our roles - is the reason Southern team members volunteered. There was a camaraderie among the Southern employees and the other volunteers, as they work and build together, which in turn gave everyone hope that each person is capable of making a real difference to help a family in need.

III. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Suppliers and the “12th Annual Gala A Slice of Latin America”

In 2012, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York was proud to be the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor for The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF), Inc. when the group hosted this year’s annual fundraiser. The 12th Annual "A Slice of Latin America" Gala & 30th Anniversary Celebration, was held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Cipriani Wall Street, and was a tremendous success! Thank you to all who supported our event and attended, including NBC 4 New York Consumer Reporter Lynda Baquero, Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega, Miss New York USA Johanna Sambucini, Miss Teen New York USA Sabrina Mastrangelo, and model & actress Jessica Caban. The premier gala event features the delectable tastes of Latin America by a host of New York City’s most celebrated chefs and SWSNY’s finest wines and spirits. In 2011, CHCF's 11th annual fundraising event held on March 16th and was also a huge social and financial fundraising event filled with Latin music, culture and food supporting CCF’s vital programs.

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

IV. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and the “2012 New Taste of the Upper West Side”

In 2012 and 2013, as in previous years, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York lend its support to this annual culinary event fundraiser benefited the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). The charity event welcomed more than 3,000 guests who dined on exceptional fare provided by over 60 top chefs, all with restaurants in the Upper West Side neighborhood, sipping wine and spirits from the Southern Wine and Spirits portfolio as well as select vineyards from the Long island Wine Council.

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c) (3) not for profit corporation. It is a public/private partnership with the City of New York, striving to improve the area in numerous ways. Our upcoming event, which is our principal fundraiser of the year and is hosted by the Columbus Avenue BID, is entitled Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side, and this is the fourth year we are producing this event. The event brings together the restaurateurs from our neighborhood as a way to spotlight them, and is a celebration of food, wine and spirits in our neighborhood. All proceeds from the event go into a dedicated beautification account, which are used for capital projects within the district.

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

V. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Supports “Taste of the Nation NYC”

As in previous years, in 2012 and 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is a proud partner of the annual Taste of the Nation NYC series of benefits. New York’s premier tasting event dedicated to ending childhood hunger gave attendees the chance to mix and mingle with NYC’s top toques, savoring signature dishes and singular cocktails, with the support of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in the United States by connecting kids with the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives. Add your voice to the national movement of people committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015. Take the No Kid Hungry Pledge here.

For more information about 2013 plans, please visit: http://www.newyorktaste.org/

V. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and “Can Do Awards Dinner for Food Bank for NYC”

In 2013, as in previous years, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York lends its support to Food Bank For New York City's biggest fundraising event of the year, the Can-Do Awards Dinner honored longtime partners in the fight to end hunger Ebro North America and BronxWorks.

For more information about the 2013 event, please visit: http://www.foodbanknyc.org/events/can-do-awards-dinner

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES IN UPSTATE NEW YORK:

VI. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York – Upstate and Selected Charities

In 2012 and 2013, Southern Wine & Spirits of Upstate New York continues its longstanding support of a variety of local and regional charitable organizations. Among its volunteer and donation activities in 2012 and 2013, Southern Upstate continued its corporate sponsorship for the Seneca Diabetes Foundation Fore! The Cause Golf Classic; the 1490 Enterprises, Inc., which is a not-for-profit human services organization providing service to low-income residents in Buffalo, New York; the Black Achiever’s Awards Dinner which provides an opportunity for local groups to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the community; and, throughout the entire year, Southern Upstate employees work together in supporting the local chapter of the Salvation Army through different programs and events to help the needy and less fortunate in the area.

In both Southern’s Upstate and Metro divisions , Mr. Goodrich added that he is proud that many Southern team members in New York also make individual contributions to time and money to these and other community-based charities.