SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AWARDS GRANT TO VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.

November 2017

The Foundation gives thanks this Holiday season to the Beverage Alcohol Industry for your continued support, enabling us to continue our 56 year tradition of helping organizations whose purpose is to offer hope to at-risk youth.

One such organization is Ocala, FL.-based Voices for Children of North Central Florida, Inc. For 25 years, the all-volunteer ‘Voices’ was created to support the Guardian Ad Litem Program volunteers, who are appointed by the courts to advocate for the child of alleged abuse, neglect or abandonment. Susan Carpenter, ‘Voices’ Board member states, “As a result of the Sky Ranch Foundation funds, these children are able to participate in “Normalcy activities” such as participating in sports camps, visiting theme parks, taking swimming lessons, all activities which children routinely do. ‘Voices’ was also recently able to provide funds for a scholarship for a 13 year old boy for horsemanship and riding classes.”

Ralph Aguera, Foundation President says, “We thank Voices for Children for their constant support of  the Guardian Ad Litem Program and their dedication to helping to make a difference for these neglected children.”

Peggy Donovan, Vice President and Board member Sky Ranch Foundation, Guardian Ad Litem and Board Member Voices for Children and Susan Carpenter, Board member, Voices for Children.

As a Vice President of Sky Ranch Foundation and a board member of Voices for Children, Peg Donovan sees, first-hand, the results of the generosity of the beverage alcohol industry. “I am extremely proud to be a part of both of these organizations as well as a Guardian ad Litem; I have the opportunity of seeing the results – everything from prom dresses, dance lessons, soccer, to theme parks to name a few and our gratitude knows no bounds.”

Back, left to right: Eric Palhof, board member, Voices for Children; John Conroy, board member, Voices for Children; Kathleen Cossey, Vice President, Voices for Children; Don Rausch, board member, Voices for Children; Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director, State of Florida GAL Program  Front, left to right:;Pam Monk, board member, Voices for Children; Jo Mrotek, board member, Voices for Children; Marcia Hilty, Director, 5th Circuit GAL Program; Sue Carpenter, Co-President, Voices for Children; Peg Donovan, Secretary, Voices for Children; Wanda Vogler, Co-President, Voices for Children; Jeff Cohen, board member, Voices for Children

We thank the Independent Spirits Expo for their recent donation and all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support. All donations are welcome.  For over fifty years the Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting in the rehabilitation of young people, please click on the contact page of our website skyranchfoundation.org for details.

The full list of beverage alcohol industry companies who support Sky Ranch Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page (SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support), which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

 

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $2.3 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 56 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth. If you involved with or know of any organization that would fit our commitment we encourage you to visit our web site www.skyranchfoundation.org and apply for a grant.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth. www.skyranchfoundation.org

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AWARDS GRANTEES IN GEORGIA AND HAWAII

October 2017

Two new programs received grants this year including the Atlanta, GA-based The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative (theodbi.org) and Kamuela, HI-based West Hawai’i Mediation Center (whmediation.org).

The ODBI received funding for its trauma-informed, education-focused 12-week coaching program to students who are homeless or in foster care. Ralph Aguera, President of Sky Ranch Foundation says, “In a time when more and more at-risk children find themselves growing up without the support that leads them to become productive and healthy members of our community, it’s comforting to know that The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative has been proactively involved in changing the courses of these children’s lives.” “Sky Ranch Foundation’s support is an inspiring example of organizations with shared missions partnering for excellence and equity in education and investing in the success of our state’s students in need,” says Michael Daly, ODBI president.

L to R: Dwayne Kasper, ODBI Board Member, Diana Black, ODBI VP, Ralph Aguera, Sky Ranch President, Sam Bracken, ODBI Co-Founder, Michael Daly, ODBI President, Reggie Pope ODBI Board Chair

The Foundation supports the West Hawai’i Mediation Center’s (WHMC) Conflict Resolution Education and Peer Mediation program which commenced in late 2012 with one pilot school – and now engages six middle schools and seven elementary schools, collectively serving more than 5,000 students in West Hawaii schools. “WHMC focuses on two strategic and elemental missions, prevention and conflict resolution, both crucial steps toward successfully integrating these troubled youth,” says George McCarthy, Foundation Chairman.

Amanda Q. Blount, MSW, Interim Executive Director, with entire staff of West Hawai’i Mediation Center

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support. All donations are welcome.  For over fifty years the Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting in the rehabilitation of young people, please click on the contact page of our website skyranchfoundation.org for details.

 

This month we welcome and thank our newest supporter, BevX.com. The full list of supporting beverage alcohol industry and associated companies can be accessed via SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support, which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

 

 

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AWARDS GRANT TO ‘SACRED’ ORGANIZATION

September 2017

The statistics are staggering—and they’re growing: 1 of every 4 girls and 1 of every 6 boys is sexually abused and more than 2/3 of those incidents occur to children aged 17 and under. Given those facts and the fact that their own grandchild was so abused, Carol and John D’Attoma of Overland Park, KS decided to do something about it and in 2009 started the Sexually Abused Children’s Relief Endeavor (sacred) organization (kidsaresacred.org), a Foundation grantee organization.

sacred has been providing transitional financial support to families whose children have been sexually abused. “Our work together, repairing damaged and struggling children, has provided a life line to those children.” States Carol D’Attoma, President and Executive Director of sacred. “We are so grateful to Sky Ranch for their award and the recognition that helping families with sexually abused children contributes to the overall welfare of children and is consistent with their mission of serving at-risk children” states John D’Attoma, Chairman of sacred and Senior Vice President of Southern Glazer’s of Iowa.

John and Carol D’Attoma

Ralph Aguera, President of Sky Ranch Foundation℠, notes, “We are grateful that we could assist sacred and we applaud their efforts. It is encouraging to note that one of our own in the Beverage Alcohol Industry has taken a pro-active approach, albeit under such circumstances.”  Ralph furthers, “We are also honored to have received a generous donation from the Martignetti Companies, New England’s leading distributor of fine wines and spirits, to help us continue in our efforts to help organizations such as sacred.”

 Special thanks to Modern Distillery Age (distilleryage.com), Mark Brown’s Newsletter and American Beverage Licensees (ablusa.org) for their constant support. For over fifty years the Sky Ranch Foundation℠’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting in the rehabilitation of young people, please click on the contact page (SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support) of our website for details. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AWARDS RECORD-BREAKING FUNDS ON BEHALF OF THE BEVERAGE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY

Building on 56 years of tradition, the Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ continues to support our nation’s at-risk youth on behalf of the Beverage Alcohol Industry. This was an unprecedented year as the Foundation awarded just under $300,000 in grants-twice as many as in any previous year-to 16 at-risk youth programs across the nation. From Hawaii in the West to Florida in the East, this year’s record grants enable these organizations to obtain the resources needed to touch the lives of untold numbers of our nation’s at-risk youth.

2017 grantee programs awarded (alphabetical by state)

California

Acknowledge Alliance/Mountain View, CA acknowlegdealliance.org

 

East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBLCO)/Oakland, CA ebclo.org

Individuals Now dba Social Advocates for Youth/Santa Rosa, CA saysc.org

Project Avary/San Rafael, CA projectavary.org

Florida

Learning For Success, Inc./Cooper City, FL kapowlfs.wordpress.com/about/

Voices for Children of North Central Florida/Ocala, FL voices4childrenfl.org

Georgia

Orange Duffel Bag Initiative/Atlanta, GA theodbi.org

Hawaii

Big Island Mediation dba West Hawaii Mediation Center/Kamuela, HI whmediation.org

Illinois

Restoring the Path (dba Crushers Club)/Chicago, IL crushersclub.org

Urban Initiatives/Chicago, IL urbaninitiatives.org

Iowa

Sky Ranch Behavioral Services/Sioux City, IA skyranchbehavioralservices.org

Kansas

Sacred/Leawood, KS kidsaresacred.org

Kentucky

Boys & Girls Haven/Louisville, KY boyshaven.org

Michigan

Christ Child House/Detroit, MI christchildhouse.org

New York

Exalt Youth/Brooklyn, NY exaltyouth.org

South Dakota

Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud/Mission, SD rosebudbgc.org

For over fifty years Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting in helping young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting the rehabilitation of young people, please click on the contact page of our website skyranchfoundation.org for details. All donations are welcome.

The full list of beverage alcohol industry companies who support the Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page, SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support, which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

 

THE SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ ANNUAL BOARD MEETING APPROACHES

The Sky Ranch Foundation board will be meeting mid-July to review the outstanding number of Letters of Interest (LOIs) we received this year from organizations which help rehabilitate at-risk youth. This is no easy task; there are so many organizations deserving of support.

One such organization is Chicago-based Urban Initiatives (urbaninitiaves.org). Communications Manager Cristobol Martinez writes, “For the past two years, Sky Ranch Foundation℠ has played a crucial role in Urban Initiatives’ growth as the seed funder of our Take the Lead program. Take the Lead is a leadership development, high school readiness, and violence prevention program for 5th through 8th grade students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Through the support of the Foundation, the Take the Lead program has nearly doubled in size – serving 125 students in 24 schools in the 2014-2015 school year, to serving over 225 in 35 schools today”.

For over 65 years, Louisville-based Boys and Girls Haven (boyshaven.org) has been providing a home and a future for many of Kentucky’s most challenged young people–over 900 in 2016–and used Foundation funds for their Independence Readiness program, which provides career exploration, life skills training and mentoring.

New York’s Red Hook Initiative (rhicenter.org) received our support for their comprehensive 4-year High School Youth Leaders program which provides job readiness training, academic tutoring and a host of other functions for 100 students.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support. All donations are welcome.  For over fifty years the Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting in helping young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting the rehabilitation of young people, please click on the contact page of our website skyranchfoundation.org for details.

The full list of beverage alcohol industry companies who support Sky Ranch Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page (SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support), which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

GRANTS FROM SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ CHANGE COUNTLESS LIVES

GRANTS FROM SKY RANCH FOUNDATION CHANGE COUNTLESS LIVES

May 2017

Since 2011, Sky Ranch Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to help enrich the lives of our nations’ youth, in particular, those who are most at-risk.

Our grants have enabled the Mission S.D.-based Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud (ROSEBUDBGC.org) to build a new teen center and expansion is underway for a new teen recreation center.  Programs include field trips, a bike club, a baseball league (Thunder Baseball) and a U17 boy’s lacrosse team, the Sicangu Thunderhawks.

At Oakland, CA-based East Bay Children’s Law Offices (EBCLO.org), moneys received were applied to several projects which, among many additional achievements, helped 184 foster youth get the services and support they need to succeed in school, provided more than 89 one-on-one consultations and training about education advocacy to caretakers of foster youth and provided legal support to 380 transition aged youth clients.

The Woodside, CA-based POPS Kids (POPSKIDS.org) applied our grant to their ‘Life Without Limits’ program, which serves motor-challenged youth in Northern California through specialized Summer Camps. 750 young people participate in these programs throughout the year.

May is National Foster Care Month. More than 400,000 children are in foster care, many served through the grantee organizations we have identified. This month, give pause and acknowledge those who help make a difference.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support. All donations are welcome.

The full list of beverage alcohol industry companies who support Sky Ranch Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page (SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support), which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM SAZERAC COMPANY, INC.

March 2017

Sazerac Company, proud owner of some of the most venerable distilling companies-Buffalo Trace Distillery, A. Smith Bowman, Glenmore Distillery, Barton, Fleischman, Medley and Mr. Boston-has made it possible for Sky Ranch Foundation℠ to help continue in our efforts to award grants to deserving organizations which help rehabilitate at-risk youth.

Standing today as the oldest continuously operating distillery in America, Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, has been making whisky for more than 200 years, all great bourbons including Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller.

Recently released and limited to only 200 bottles, the ultra-rare O.F.C. Vintage Bourbons were given to a select few charity institutions for their use in fundraising. Sky Ranch Foundation℠ was the benefactor of the O.F.C. 1982 Vintage bottle. Their donation earned the Foundation in excess of $5,700.

George McCarthy, Foundation Chairman and Ralph Aguera, Foundation President agree, “The Foundation appreciates the support we received from Sazerac Company and wish them great success with their newest release. Funds raised will go a long way to furthering the Foundation’s efforts.”

The full list of companies can be accessed on our Support page (link here). If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@aol.com.

While visiting the site please note that the Foundation now accepts direct donations on our Support page.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.7 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 56 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth. If you involved with or know of any organization that would fit our commitment we encourage you to visit our web site www.skyranchfoundation.org and apply for a grant.

 

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth. www.skyranchfoundation.org

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION RECEIVES RARE O.F.C. VINTAGE BOURBON

Only two hundred charitable organizations received an extra special holiday gift from Buffalo Trace Distillery, as the last of the bottles of the O.F. C. Bourbon have been shipped all across the United States.

These rare bottles are not available in stores, bars or restaurants, so true collectors will need to bid high at the various charitable events. “We expect these bottles to raise upwards of $10,000 each,” said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director. In fact, three of the bottles from this collection have already auctioned for $8,000 each.

The O.F.C. Bourbon is vintage-dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle features the vintage year on the label.

 

The first release is comprised of only 200 bottles; 100 bottles from the year 1980, 50 bottles from 1982, and 50 bottles from 1983. Each charity selected randomly received one of these three particular vintages. Sky Ranch Foundation was awarded the 1982 vintage.

The packaging for O.F.C. matches the splendor of the whiskey itself, in lead free crystal bottles with detailed fluting engraved into the mold. Each bottle was manually polished to achieve maximum glass brilliance before copper lettering was in-laid in the bottle to spell out “O.F.C.” on the front. A paper label was then hand applied below with the vintage prominently noted, along with a label on the back of the bottle noting the milestones for the vintage year of the bottle. The bottles are packaged in a wooden display box containing a provenance card with the same information found on the back label.

This is the second time Buffalo Trace Distillery has partnered with non-profit organizations to raise money. In 2011, the Distillery gave away 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel, the last bourbon barrel filled on the last day of the last century. In total more than $150,000 was raised for various charities across the United States, with the top organization raising more than $7,000 for their cause.

For more information on the Foundation’s bottle of 1982 O.F.C. Vintage bourbon, please contact Dori Bryant, Director of Partnership Development, at doribryant@aol.com.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to1786 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com. To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/media.

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® 55 YEARS OF BEVERAGE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY SUPPORT

For more than 55 years, Sky Ranch Foundation’s ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® has been helping young people to rehabilitate their lives. Since selling Sky Ranch in 2011, the Foundation has continued in that effort, awarding more than $1.7 million in grants to organizations which support our mission. This has been made possible only with the overwhelming support of companies in the beverage alcohol industry and special individuals.

During the past decade alone, significant donations were received from auctions, both silent and live, be that from one-bottle donations or barrels and from relatively obscure new brands to well-known admired brands.

In 2009, German Gonzalez of T1 Tequila Uno donated his very first barrel of Reposado which earned the Foundation upwards of $40,000. Proudly we can say that we have been the very first such organization to have received his largesse—and that this brand, just voted by USA Today as the #1 craft tequila in the U.S., continues to donate the full line of T1 and their new Tears of Llorona Tequila.

 And, in 2010, the parent company of multiple award-winning Magave Tequila donated a check valued at just under $56,000.

At a live auction last year, just 12 bottles of Tequila, including those from Crotalo, The Bad Stuff, Dos Armadillos, Sangre de Vida, Leyendas de mi Pueblo and Fortaleza brought in +$14,0000.

Several companies are always among the first to support the Foundation including Beam Suntory, Brown- Forman, William Grant & Sons and Sazerac–most recently with a bottle of one of their O.F.C. very rare and collectable vintage-dated Bourbons soon to be auctioned
In time for the Holidays and helping to ensure future grants, one of our most loyal supporters, Martin Silver of Star Industries, best known for Georgi Vodka, made his annual $2,500 donation.

Please donate to the Foundation and help in our continued efforts. All denominations are welcome. Visit www.skyranchfoundation.org and link to the Support page to make your contribution.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation since 1961 and wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy & Prosperous New Year.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

NOTE: The outstanding list of company supporters can be accessed on our Support page (link here). If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here or are listed incorrectly, please contact Dori Bryant, Director of Partnership Development at doribryant@aol.com.

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD GRANT TO EAST BAY CHILDREN’S LAW OFFICES

Oakland, California-based East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO.org) is a nonprofit child advocacy organization, providing legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings, delinquency proceedings and probate guardianship proceedings in Alameda County Courts. The EBCLO mission is to provide top notch holistic legal services to the most vulnerable children in their community. In 2015, 348 of their clients were reunited with their parents and their cases were closed.

One such success story is of two such children, Sean and Monica, ages nine and ten.

EBCLO: At first, it didn’t work out for them like they hoped.  Their dad relapsed after a short period of sobriety.  When they went back into foster care the second time, they were lucky enough to be able to return to the same foster home.  But more than anything, they wanted to have their dad sober again and to be reunited with him.  Others had their doubts about their father.  But Sean and Monica’s EBCLO lawyer made certain their voice was heard loud and clear.  Their dad did get sober and they did go home.  What made it all the more special is that Sean and Monica’s foster parents became a part of the children’s lives forever, still taking the kids camping after they had returned to their father’s home.  When communities come together for our kids, everyone wins.

mike-donohoe-and-staff-of-east-bay-childrens-law-offices

From left to right, Kristin Mateer (Managing Attorney), Mike Donohoe (Sky Ranch Foundation℠), Susan Walsh (Interim Executive Director), Ana Wong (Finance Director) and Joy Ricardo (Managing Director).

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Vice President Mike Donohoe recently visited EBCLO offices and presented them with the Foundation’s $10,000 grant. “The EBCLO staff is avidly dedicated to assisting at-risk youth,” said Mr. Donohoe. “The Foundation continues to support organizations such as EBCLO, thanks to the support of the Beverage Alcohol Industry,” furthered Mr. Donohoe.

If you are involved with or know of any organization that fits our commitment, we encourage you to share our web site with them to apply for a grant.  While visiting, note that the Foundation now accepts direct donations via this link (www.skyranchfoundation.org/support/supporting-sky-ranch-foundation/). We thank those who have been supporting the Foundation since 1961.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President