Corporate sponsorship, community involvement and educational excellence are all important charitable concerns at Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio, according to Robinson Cooper, Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio, which is a division 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 Ohio and the 2011 Caring & Sharing Holiday Fundraiser

For the 2011 Holiday season, Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio Team Members from across the state are contributing personal cash donations – on a completely voluntary basis – to benefit a holiday gift fundraising drive managed under the auspices of the Columbus, Ohio “Caring & Sharing” charitable group.

The goal of the 2011 drive is to raise enough money to fund Holiday gifts for at least 10 children, each of whom are selected by the Caring & Sharing non-profit, community organization. Caring & Sharing is an all-volunteer, charitable organization that serves families and children within the Westerville, Ohio school system.  This group also runs “Back to School” as well as Christmas fundraising programs. During Christmas, families receive a food basket, hygiene & paper products, clothing gift cards as well as items from “wish lists.”

Mr. Cooper says he is extremely proud of the outpouring of Southern support for this group, as well as many other charitable organizations in Ohio, by the Company’s statewide team members.

II. Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio and the Central Ohio Down Syndrome Society 5K Race

According to Mr. Cooper, the Central Ohio Down Syndrome Society (CODSS) 2FGR Inaugural 5K Run raised more than $10,000 to benefit the organization’s mission of advancing Down syndrome research.

The run was held at the Dublin Community Recreational Center, and drew more than 440 registered runners and walkers from around central Ohio. With families and spectators on hand to cheer-on the participants, total attendance was estimated at more than 500 people – a phenomenal turn out for a first-time event.

The run also included a 40-meter Kids Fun Run that paired kids with Down syndrome and other special needs with a peer running Buddy.

The Central Ohio Down Syndrome Society is an independent 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that empowers individuals and families living with Down syndrome by advancing the cause of research, advocating on their behalf, and educating them on life skills that enable them to lead meaningful, independent and healthy lives. For more information, please log onto:

III. Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio and the Columbus, Ohio Zoo & Aquarium Annual Zoofair Food and Wine Festival

Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio joined with many other corporate sponsors to celebrate Zoofair, an annual food and wine festival to benefit the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The Company contributed suppliers’ brands and products at a tasting table at the event, while Southern team members donated their personal time to participate in the annual fundraiser for this nationally acclaimed zoo and aquarium.

IV. Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio and Shoes and Clothes for Kids, Cleveland, Ohio

Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio continued to lend its support to Shoes for Kids, a non-profit, charitable group based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids carries out its mission with compassion, care and respect, through a network of partner agencies and offers the community a way to help families in need. Shoes and Clothes for Kids provides a unique service for income-eligible families in Greater Cleveland by distributing new shoes, clothing, and items for infants and youth. For more information, please log onto:

V. Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation – Cleveland, Ohio Chapter

United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation-Cleveland, Ohio Chapter received support involving both the Company’s team members and supplier partners.

Since 1996, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation has funded nearly $5 million in research toward a cure and has helped thousands of families through the family support network. UMDF supports scientific collaboration and family networking through international symposia and is building an endowment to sustain research through the millennium.

For more information about the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, please log onto:

VI. Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio and Fundraiser for Autism Speaks at Mary Kelley’s Pub, Dublin, Ohio and an Autism Speaks Walk in Columbus, Ohio

Mary Kelley’s Pub is a Dublin, Ohio institution and was an ideal venue for more 150 guests who were served up special Martinis during a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, a national science and advocacy group. In 2011, the Company donated the fixings for the Martinis, thanks to a participating Southern Supplier Partner, as well as voluntary help from Southern Sales Representatives who pitched in to help with mixing and serving.

The Company also contributed to the Autism Speaks fundraising walk that took place in Columbus, Ohio, with many Southern employees and their families joining in the event.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit