Friday, October 14, 2005

Southern Wine & Spirits Raises $372,000

Miami - Nevada distributer, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., participated in growing national public and private relief efforts to aid the victims, families, and communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The company, together with employees in 19 states, collected and donated a combined $372,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Harvey R. Chaplin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., and Wayne E. Chaplin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., wrote in a letter addressed to the American Red Cross: "We challenged our 10,000 employees working in 19 states across the country to contribute to the fund-raising efforts of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Our challenge was that, for every dollar raised by our employees, the company, through its private charitable foundation, would match the contribution. At this time, we are happy to inform you that our employees contributed an incredible $186,000. Accordingly, we are enclosing a check from the SWS Charitable Foundation in the amount of $372,000. This donation is being made on behalf of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., and its valued employees."

Since its establishment in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. has a long tradition of not only charitable giving to deserving international, national and local community efforts, but also, in times of local or regional natural disasters, of lending financial and other forms of support, from voluntary relief efforts of individual employees to the donation of needed supplies during other natural disasters.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor and currently operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia, as well as, pending regulatory approval, in Mississippi and West Virginia.

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