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[August 11, 2014]

Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida Employee VolunCheers Program Donates School Supplies to The Children's Home Society

MIAMI --(Business Wire)--

Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida (SWS-South Florida)-a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states-today announced the 3rd Annual VolunCheers Back-to-School Campaign. This year, SWS-South Florida partnered with the Children's Home Society of Florida to provide school supplies for the foster youth of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier counties.

Southern VolunCheers at Children's Home Society of Florida Back-to-School event in Miami-Dade county ...

Southern VolunCheers at Children's Home Society of Florida Back-to-School event in Miami-Dade county. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Children's Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. The organization offers services that help break the cycle of abuse in families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successful transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families through adoption.

This summer, Southern employees and their families raised $30,000-allowing the VolunCheers to donate more than 1,200 backpacks filled with school supplies for South Florida children in need across all four counties.

"Our employee VolunCheers program has been instrumental in helping local South Florida community organizations. This year, we are excited to partner with the Children's Home Society of Florida for our Back-to-School Campaign. Their organization truly fills a need for children and families in our community, and we are proud to assist their efforts by donating backpacks filled with school supplie," said John Wittig, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.


"At Southern, we know the importance of providing children with the materials they need for a successful academic year-and we encourage the local community to get involved in this effort," added Patrick Cassidy, Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida.

This year, VolunCheers participated in three school supplies packing events-two events were held August 2 in Miami and West Palm Beach, with a third event and check presentation held on August 9 in Fort Lauderdale.

Children's Home Society of Florida Executive Director of Intercoastal and Southwest Divisions Rebecca McGuire commented, "The Back-to-School Drive hosted by Southern employees helps us provide school supplies to nearly 1,000 kids in Broward County that we support every day."

"Thanks to your contributions and the ongoing support of our South Florida community, we will continue to ensure that all of our children return to school with all they need for a successful school year," added Jackie Gonzalez, Esq., Executive Director of Southeastern Division in Miami-Dade.

Julie Demar, Executive Director of Palm Beach County concluded, "We want the children and families we support to be excited about the new school year. Backpacks full of new supplies help them start off on the right foot."

South Florida community members interested in donating school supplies or monetary support are encouraged to visit the Children's Home Society of Florida website at http://www.chsfl.org/bts for a list of Back-to-School needs.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 14,000 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.

About Southern Wine & Spirits VolunCheers

VolunCheers is a unique employee volunteer program created to encourage Southern South Florida employees to donate their time, resources and talent in support of local non-profit organizations, schools and community based programs. Founded in 2012, the VolunCheers Program has already provided more than 600 volunteer service hours and raised over $60,000 for local programs such as Big Brothers / Big Sisters Mentorship program, Dress for Success, United Way of Miami-Dade, Becca's Closet, Feeding South Florida, Kids in Distress, National Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Florida, and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation-to name a few.

About Children's Home Society of Florida

On the front lines since 1902, Children's Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children's Home Society of Florida offers services that help break the cycles of abuse in more families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families through adoption. Children's Home Society of Florida serves approximately 100,000 children and families throughout the state each year. More: www.chsfl.org.


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