SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD GRANT TO BOY AND GIRLS HAVEN

August 2016

Sky Ranch Foundation℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) and Sky Ranch for Boys® awarded Louisville, KY-based Boys and Girls Haven (boyshaven.org) a $10,000 grant. Since 1950, Boys & Girls Haven has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 abandoned, abused and neglected children. More than just a home, they provide stability, education, and new productive skills that will lead to success in adulthood.

“As integral to the success of having at-risk youth move on successfully to live fulfilling lives are the youth counselors who touch their hearts and help mold their futures”, says George McCarthy. One such counselor at the Haven, Mr. Ralph ‘Rome’ Kimbrough, has been ‘lighting up the stage’ on America’s Got Talent (even leaving Simon Cowell speechless)!  Making the 3rd cut, watch his group ‘Linkin’ Bridge’ perform on Tuesday August 23 and vote for those who are making a difference.

Ralph Kimbrough

Boys and Girls Haven Youth Counselor Ralph Kimbrough, appearing on Americas’s Got Talent with his group LINKIN’ BRIDGE has our support.

“Congratulations to Boys and Girls Haven for helping troubled youth for more than 55 years and to the youth counselors who are setting good examples for America’s youth”, notes Ralph Aguera.

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 (skyranchfoundation.org/support/supporting-sky-ranch-foundation/).

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.6 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 55 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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® APPROVE 2016 GRANTS

The annual Board meeting of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) took place on June 1 in New York City to address grant requests. Chairman George McCarthy (Corby Spirit and Wine) and President Ralph Aguera (Brown-Forman, retired.) presided.  In attendance were Vice Presidents Mike Donohoe (Jim Beam Brands, retired) and Peggy Donovan (Breakthru Beverage Group, retired) as well as Barry Becton of DIAGEO, Bill Slone of Beverage Media, John Bodnovich of American Beverage Licensees, Foundation Officer George Suttles, Jeffrey Fazio of Merril Lynch and Dori Bryant.

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Back Row: John Bodnovich, George Suttles, Barry Becton, Mike Donohoe, Jeffrey Fazio;

Front Row: George McCarthy, Peggy Donovan, Dori Bryant, Ralph Aguera, Bill Slone

$140,000 in grant money was approved to support eight organizations that help at-risk youth across the country. Chicago-based Urban Initiatives, Mission, S.D.-based Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud and New York-based Red Hook Initiative were among the receiving organizations.

“The Foundation’s work continues through direct aid and monetary grants, with a focus on at-risk youth”, said George McCarthy. “We call upon the Beverage Alcohol Industry to actively participate, to ensure that the Foundation keeps giving back to these deserving organizations well into the future”, notes Ralph Aguera.

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 (skyranchfoundation.org/support/supporting-sky-ranch-foundation/).

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.4 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® COMMEND GRANTEES ON THEIR SUCCESS

Success breeds success and Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) and Sky Ranch for Boys ® cannot be prouder of the success of the organizations which have received grants from the Foundation through the years. With thanks to the Beverage Alcohol industry for their donations and loyal support, the Foundation can continue to grant moneys to organizations which help rehabilitate at-risk youth. Below are a few success stories of some of the youth that were served by a few of those grantees which received our funds. We are thankful that we can share a portion of their journeys.

‘sacred’ Sexually Abused Children’s Relief Endeavor (kidsaresacred.org)

Sarah’s story: ”I learned early in my childhood that there are very few people in this world that you can trust. I believed the same thing every 4 year old believed. Mommy and Daddy are good people and everything they do is right. But unfortunately, that isn’t always true. Read  more here.

SOS Children’s Villages (sosillinois.org)

Mary’s story: “Mary spent every day of her life in foster care until she was finally adopted at age 11. Tragically, 4 years later, her adopted mother passed away and she was shuffled back through the child welfare system. Read more here.

Boys and Girls Haven (boyshaven.org)

Nicks’s story: “I got put into foster care when I was seven years old. Actually, it was me, my older brother, my younger brother and my sister, all at the same time. We were split up and sent to four different foster homes. Read more here.

Red Hook Initiative (rhicenter.org)

Tyshame Reid got what he calls “a second chance” by taking on a number of different jobs at RHI after school, including Office Assistant, Peer Health Educator, Teen Chef Facilitator, and Radio Intern. The support he received year-round at RHI from an early age enabled Tyshame to graduate college at the same time he aged out of foster care. Read more here.

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 donations (skyranchfoundation.org/support/supporting-sky-ranch-foundation/.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

NOTE: Sky Ranch Foundation has a Service Mark and Sky Ranch for Boys is trademarked.

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD $25,000 GRANT TO BOYS & GIRLS HAVEN

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) awarded a $25,000 grant to Louisville, KY-based Boys & Girls Haven (boyshaven.org) in 2015. Founded by Father Maloney in 1948 and for more than half a century, Boys & Girls Haven has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 abandoned, abused and neglected children. More than just a home, Boys & Girls Haven provides stability, education, and new productive skills that will lead to success in adulthood. In a time where more and more children find themselves growing up without the support of a loving family, Boys & Girls Haven provides a home and a future filled with promise.

Boys & Girls Haven has also grants from Target, Walmart, Ronald McDonald House Charities, GE and more; of particular note, among its corporate partners is Brown-Forman Corporation. Ralph Aguera (ret. Brown-Forman), President of Sky Ranch Foundation℠ notes, “This is the 3rd time that the Foundation℠ has awarded a grant to this deserving organization. For kids who have grown up with nothing but abuse and neglect, Boys & Girls Haven has been a welcoming refuge”.

Foundation Board Members assemble annually to review LOIs (Letters of Inquiry); the next meeting will be held in June. If you are involved with an organization that fits the Foundation guidelines (see Grants section on website) or know of any organization, we encourage you to have them apply for a grant.

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.2 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD GRANTS TO ‘SACRED’ AND CLUB FOR BOYS ORGANIZATION

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD GRANTS TO ‘SACRED’ AND CLUB FOR BOYS ORGANIZATION

Recently, two worthy organizations received grants totaling $15,000 from Sky Ranch Foundation℠ (skyranchfoundation.org).

National statistics tell us that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will fall victim to child sexual abuse before the age of 18. Leawood, Kansas-based ‘sacred’ Sexually Abused Children Relief Endeavor (kidsaresacred.org) exists so that all families in need, with a child who has been sexually abused, have access to transitional financial support and counseling. ‘sacred’ wishes to eliminate temporary financial concerns as one of the obstacles to reporting the abuse.

The Club for Boys Foundation focuses on providing financial stability for the Rapid City, South Dakota-based Club for Boys (hisfuture.org), so it can continue, and build on, the many successful programs it offers boys in their community. The Club for Boys has a half-century history of helping boys in need. Their mission and vision are to create positive experiences and give the boys resources that will help them develop to their fullest potential.

“We are pleased to award grants to these two fine organizations. Boys and girls have one chance at a childhood”, notes George McCarthy, Foundation Chairman. “With continued support to programs such as those noted above, these children will be given the tools necessary to lead productive and responsible lives”, says Foundation President Ralph Aguera.

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.2 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD A $25,000 GRANT TO URBAN INITIATIVES

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD A $25,000 GRANT TO URBAN INITIATIVES

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Urban Initiatives (urbaninitiatives.org)as inaugural funder of their newest program, Take the Lead, a program instrumental in helping to provide middle school students with the opportunity to engage with adult mentors and learn the merits of leadership, academic persistence and community service.

Collaborating with schools, parents and community stakeholders, Urban Initiatives, founded in 2003, empowers Chicago’s underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs.

“Urban Initiatives is a well-balanced platform, which brings the community together to support Chicago youth”, said George McCarthy, Foundation Chairman. Ralph Aguera, Foundation President furthers, “Their program is highly integrated and successful and reflects the Foundation’s commitment to assisting organizations such as these which focus on at-risk youth”.

Jim Dower, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Urban Initiatives “The Sky Ranch Foundation℠ has helped Urban Initiatives kids across Chicago take steps forward in their path to achieve academic success. We thank the Sky Ranch Foundation℠ for believing in Urban Initiatives as we continue to empower children across Chicago to reach their full potential by providing quality programming and safe spaces to learn and grow.”

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About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.2 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD $100,000 GRANT TO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES ILLINOIS

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD $100,000 GRANT TO SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES ILLINOIS

January 4, 2016

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) recently awarded a $100,000 grant to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois (sosllinois.org) for the development of a new Community Center at its Roosevelt Square Village in the near west loop of Chicago. The Center’s foyer and lobby will be dedicated to Foundation Vice President and board member Peggy Donovan, whose decades-long affiliation with—and support of– Sky Ranch for Boys® and the Sky Ranch Foundation℠ has earned her the Foundation’s deepest gratitude.

In addition to her extensive career with Wirtz Beverage, Peggy volunteers as Guardian ad Litem for Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit and Secretary for Voices for Children of North Central Florida, Inc.  Since the Guardian ad item Program is state-mandated, Guardians are prohibited from fundraising for the program.  92% of funds raised by Voices for Children assist the Guardian Program. The Ad Litem program is a key component of ensuring the welfare of children who are referred to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

“This is the largest single grant awarded by the Foundation to-date”, said George McCarthy, Foundation Chairman and President Ralph Aguera. “Through Peggy’s tireless efforts on behalf of Sky Ranch Foundation℠ in working with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, countless at-risk youth have received necessary rehabilitation and support. We are pleased to be able to recognize Ms. Donovan with this tribute.”

“SOS Children’s Villages Illinois is very appreciative of this transformational gift for our new Roosevelt Square Community Center…which is projected to serve over 5,000 people annually, offer an inspirational welcome to the children, families and community members served through our academic, therapeutic, social and recreational programming”, said Timothy McCormick, CEO SOS Children’s Villages Illinois.

This marks the 4th grant in as many years that the Foundation has awarded SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. For 25 years, their unique program provides sibling group foster care, where children receive care and support from a full-time, professionally trained foster parent.

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,162,070.48 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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.

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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® GIVE THANKS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

December 1 2015 –

Every day, countless citizens volunteer their time and effort assisting those in need. At this time of the year, it is especially time to give thanks to those worthy charitable organizations and their staff and volunteers, who unselfishly and often thanklessly devote their time. We therefore wish to recognize and thank the Foundation Executive Committee, Senior Advisory Committee and Directors of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠, all in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, for their years of dedicated service toward assisting in giving at-risk youth a second chance. Foundation grants total well over $1 million to-date.

Executive Committee of the Board and Vice Presidents: Peggy Donovan, Secretary (retired-Wirtz Beverage Group), Mike Donohoe, (retired-Jim Beam Distilling), Barry Becton, DIAGEO, John Bodnovich, American Beverage Licensees and Bill Slone, Beverage Media Group.

George Suttles, Foundation Officer and Dori Bryant, Director of Partnership Development earn our thanks as well.
Senior Advisory Committee members: Steve Bellini, Sidney Frank Importing Co., Dr. Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS), Bill Earle, National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI), Raymond R. Herrmann, Jr., Charmer-Sunbelt Group, Gerry Ruvo, Campari America and Craig Wolf, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Directors: Tim Condron, Agave Loco, Donna Hood Crecca, Technomic Inc., Don Pydo, Wirtz Beverage Group, Aura Reinhardt, Bacardi, Jack Shea, Pernod Ricard USA, Jody Slone-Spitalnik, Beverage Media Group and Suzanne Riga, Greens Beverages (retired).

We encourage everyone to get involved and to lend support to Sky Ranch Foundation and the recipients of 2015 grants:

Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud, SD

Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy, NY

Boys and Girls Haven, KY

Pacific Lodge Youth Services, CA

Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. Conductive Education Centers of California (POPS Kids), CA

Club for Boys Foundation, SD

Red Hook Initiative, NY

‘sacred’ Sexually Abused Children Relief Endeavor, KS

SOS Childrens’ Villages, IL

Urban Initiatives, IL

Wounded Warriors Family Support, NE (in association with DISCUS)

 

With your support, know that countless young adults are enjoying the Holidays!

 

George F. McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

 

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,117,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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.

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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD $25,000 GRANT TO RED HOOK INITIATIVE

October 27, 2015

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) and Sky Ranch for Boys ® awarded a $25,000 grant to Red Hook Initiative (http://rhicenter.org), the organization’s 3rd grant from the Foundation in the past four years.

Serving as the epicenter of post Hurricane Sandy relief, Red Hook Initiative (RHI) received the New York Community Trust—New York Magazine Excellence in Nonprofit Management Gold Medal. Launched in 2002, RHI serves youth from middle school through age 24 and who are residents of the NYC Housing Authority Red Hook houses, Brooklyn’s largest housing project. The majority of Red Hook residents live in isolation, struggling with poverty and limited educational and employment opportunities. One of RHI’s guiding beliefs is that people within a community have the power to create their own social change; 90% of the staff members are from Red Hook.

George McCarthy, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ chairman and Ralph Aguera, President agree, “We recognize and support, once again, the outstanding contribution Red Hook Initiative makes in their community toward the care of young people ‘caught in the cycle of poverty, addiction, gangs, crime and incarceration’.”

George Suttles, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Officer, recently attended RHI’s annual Taste of Red Hook held on September 29 in Brooklyn’s Liberty Warehouse. In the photo below are RHI youth Larry Fishbourne (red plaid shirt), Naheem Morris (black hat) and Robert Smith (far right). RHI Chairman of the Board Gregg Bishop (red tie) and Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Officer George Suttles flank RHI Executive Director Jill Eisenhard. RHI Board member Dr. Millicent Comrie is also in the photo.

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About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®
Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,117,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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.

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 ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD TWO GRANTS TOTALING $20,000 TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF ROSEBUD, SD

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARD TWO GRANTS TOTALING $20,000 TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF ROSEBUD, SD

October 1, 2015

In the past four years, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) has awarded grants to fourteen deserving organizations. Many of these continue to receive our funding and this year several more have been added.  One such organization is the Mission, South Dakota-based Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud.  In an unprecedented move, the Club was awarded two separate $10,000 grants totaling $20,000.

After visiting with their Director, Glen Marshall, in late August, the Board was so impressed with the functionality and hands-on dedication of the staff, it was determined that an incremental award be given to this organization.

Glen Marshall and Ralph Aguera

              Glen Marshall and Ralph Aguera 

While in South Dakota, Foundation executives George McCarthy, Ralph Aguera, President and Peg Donovan, Secretary attended a ceremony in Camp Crook honoring former Sky Ranch for Boys ® staff. Officiating was Mike Kilmer, former Sky Ranch Program Director, who conceived the idea of this memorial to honor the outstanding professionals who dedicated their time and resources toward the rehabilitation of at-risk youth during the 52 years of its existence. At any given time as many as 42 boys were in rehabilitative services. The Ranch continued until it was sold in 2011 due to economic difficulties. Sky Ranch for Boys ® and its good work will be missed but never forgotten.

Sky Ranch Memorial

                           Sky Ranch Memorial

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,117,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 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.

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