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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

Monday, September 19, 2016 9:00 am EDT

.@SGWineSpirits donated $67K and 3K backpacks to @HelpFLKids just in time for the new school year

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern 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 children.”

“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 programs.

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 responsibly. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at

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. More:




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