Southern Glazer’s Donates $67,000 and 3,000 Backpacks to Children’s Home Society of Florida

Supports back-to-school efforts benefitting children in 20 counties
across the state

Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
(“Southern Glazer’s”) — the largest
North American wine and spirits distribution company — today announced
that it has donated $67,000 and 3,000 backpacks filled with school
supplies to Children’s
Home Society of Florida
(CHS). The backpack drive was sponsored by
Southern Glazer’s Florida-based VolunCheers organization comprised of
employees who held packing events at company facilities in Miramar,
Lakeland, Tampa, Orlando and Palm Beach. The financial donation was made
possible by generous contributions from Southern Glazer’s valuable
suppliers and employees. Backpacks and school supplies were donated by
JanSport and Walgreen’s respectively.

Kicking-off the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the backpacks
were distributed to children served by CHS in 20 counties across the
state of Florida. This is the third year that Southern Glazer’s has
participated in a back-to-school initiative supporting Children’s Home
Society of Florida.

“We’re thankful for Southern Glazer’s dedication to our mission not only
during the back-to-school season, but throughout the year,” said Michael
Shaver, CEO of Children’s Home Society of Florida. “Many of the things
we and our own children take for granted, such as a backpack, can make a
remarkable difference in the lives of Florida’s most vulnerable

“Giving back to those in need is part of our DNA at Southern Glazer’s,”
said Gene Sullivan, Executive Vice President and General Manager
of Florida for Southern Glazer’s. “I’m continually moved by our
employees who support all of our VolunCheers initiatives. Year after
year, they are willing to go above and beyond to contribute their time
and efforts to this meaningful cause. I’m also thankful to our generous
supplier partners for their financial support, which will go a long way
to help thousands of at-risk children in Florida.”

Added John Wittig, Southern Glazer’s East Regional President, “Every day
our Southern Glazer’s teams demonstrate leadership, both in our industry
and in the communities where we work and live. I’m proud to have been a
part of this incredible effort supporting an organization like
Children’s Home Society that does such important work to ensure that
children have the tools they need to succeed.”

CHS serves more than 50,000 children and families throughout the state
of Florida each year. To learn more, visit

VolunCheers is a unique Southern Glazer’s volunteer program created to
encourage employees to donate their time, resources, and talent in
support of local non-profit organizations, schools and community based

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and
spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for
alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and
the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more
than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers
and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products
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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. Children’s Home Society of
Florida serves more than 50,000 children and family members each year.


Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, LLC
Lee Brian Schrager, Office:
305-625-4171, ext. 1040
Mobile: 786-417-5164
Senior Vice
President, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
Haas, Office: 305-625-4171, ext. 1166
Mobile: 786-498-7640
Director, Public Relations