SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARDS GRANTS

May 2015

In the past four years, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® has awarded Sioux City Iowa-based Sky Ranch Behavioral Services (skyranchbehavioralservices.org) $181,250 in grants. An independent treatment facility, the organization served as the aftercare center for youth matriculating from Sky Ranch ® prior to the Ranch ® being sold in 2011. It has been providing counseling for 32 years to young men and women and their families prior to placement, in an effort to eliminate the need for out-of-home placement. Further, they reintegrate juveniles returning home from placement, keeping the family intact ensuring against further involvement in the out-of-home placement system.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ attributes the success of the Behavioral Services team to their comprehensive and consistent application of services which, in addition to on-call service 365 days a year, include twice weekly problem solving groups covering social & communication skills, anger management techniques, money management, family skill development, sexuality, alcohol and drug awareness prevention and more. Individual and group counseling as well as family meetings and parenting classes are all services provided by this organization.

Jeffrey Johnson, Manager states, “Our Program has offered several children and their families achievements they could have only dreamed of and with the help of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ we have been able to make these dreams come true”.

Ralph Aguera, President of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (skyranchfoundation.org) states, “Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® commends Sky Ranch Behavioral Services for the exemplary service their team has been providing through the years. We are proud to have played a significant role in supporting their service to this community”.

About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $922,394 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 ℠ Awards Grants to Support Pacific Lodge Youth Services and Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Awards Grants to Support Pacific Lodge Youth Services and Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy

March 2015 – Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® has awarded a $25,000 grant to support Pacific Lodge Youth Services and $40,000 to Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy.

Founded in1923, Pacific Lodge Youth Services (www.plys.org) creates a supportive and therapeutic residential environment for boys ages 13-18 in the juvenile justice system who are experiencing psychological, emotional or behavioral problems. With over 68 years of success supporting at-risk young people, Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy (www.bgti.org) have helped troubled youth to acquire formal education and vocational training, fulfilling the skills necessary to integrate into society.

Ralph Aguera, President of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠, remarked,”both organizations continue to support our mission of helping at risk youth. We commend them on their outstanding contribution and good work.”

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ awarded a total of $192,500 in grants in 2014. Recipients also included Red Hook Initiative ($25,000), Sky Ranch Behavioral Services ($27,500), SOS Childrens’ Villages ($40,000), Voices For Children of North Central Florida, Inc ($40,000) and Wounded Warrior Family Support ($20,000).

About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $922,394 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 ® AWARDS $25,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® AWARDS $25,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.

February 2015 Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® has awarded a $25,000 grant to support Voices for Children of North Central Florida, Inc. which raises money to help meet the needs of children who are involved in the dependency court system, children who have allegedly been abused, abandoned or neglected.

Sue Carpenter, President of Voices for Children of North Central Florida Inc. says, “Voices…is extremely grateful for the sizable grant awarded to our organization to provide normalcy activities for the children in our circuit.  These funds allow children who are in judicial proceedings due to alleged abuse or neglect to participate in clubs, on teams and at events they would otherwise be excluded from pursuing. Without Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ this would not be possible; to each of you we say thank you.  You are making a significant difference.”

More than 2,000 children in North Central Florida find themselves victims of physical abuse, neglect or abandonment and are usually moved from their homes for a period of time. Founded in 1995, this non-profit organization was created to support the quality of care for these children under the auspices of the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the Fifth Judicial Court of Florida. At the request of a Guardian, Voices may provide simple staples like sneakers, clothes, diapers as well as funding for more serious specialized medical treatment or psychological evaluations and counseling.

Peggy Donovan, Vice President and Secretary of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ witnesses, first-hand, the results of the Voices program as she volunteers as Guardian Ad Litem for the organization. “Thanks to Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® for this grant which enables Voices for Children of North Central Florida to provide funds for children in foster care. These funds make my volunteer job as a Guardian Ad Litem much more rewarding, especially knowing that it is my industry, the beverage alcohol industry, that is generously providing the funding” states Ms. Donovan. Voices for Children relies exclusively on grants, fundraisers and donations from private citizens.

 

About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $922,394 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.

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Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Vice President Peggy Donovan presenting check to Voices President Sue Carpenter

 

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AND SKY RANCH FOR BOYS ® TODAY ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF DORI BRYANT, DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch for Boys ® appoints Dori Bryant Director of Partnership Development.

Among Dori’s many citations and awards are her 2009 induction into the Sky Ranch ℠ Hall of Fame, recipient of the Gertrude Merinoff Humanitarian Award in 2014 from The Top 50 Club of New York and monikers including ‘Rum Queen’ and ‘Diva of Tequila’.

“We are delighted to recognize Dori with this new role with the Sky Ranch Foundation ℠”, said SRF ℠ President Ralph Aguera. “Through donations collected via auctions at her events for the past 15 years, she not only added significantly to the Foundation ℠ finances, but has kept the Sky Ranch ℠ name in front of hundreds of new and veteran spirits companies and consumers. Ms. Bryant will be responsible for developing closer partnerships with our grantees and especially the beverage alcohol industry, which has always been the uniting force behind our Foundation ℠”.

Ms. Bryant has a career spanning 20 years in the publishing business with the past 15 years spent designing, creating and hosting spirits tasting events and competitions including The Spirits of Mexico, International Rum Festival, Vodka & Gin Fests, Spirits of the Americas and others. Dori’s company, The Polished Palate, was honored as the first and only company in the United States to be sanctioned by the esteemed Academia Mexicana del Tequila, which also awarded her the title of Tequila Ambassador. In 2011, the IWSC Group purchased The Polished Palate and she continued with them for the past 4 years. Dori recently formed a new company, Glorious Spirits LLC, which will continue to host spirits tasting events benefiting the Foundation ℠. She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University and resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

“I am honored to be part of the Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ family. Their grants enable organizations to help abused and neglected children and I cannot think of a more worthy cause”, Dori said.

About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to giving at-risk youth a second chance by 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.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ Launches Redesigned Website

SkyRanchFoundation.org ℠ to Connect with Donors, Grant Candidates

November 17, 2014 – Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website, www.skyranchfoundation.org.  The new and improved version of Sky Ranch Foundation’s ℠ “home on the web” has been crafted to convey the foundation’s heritage, mission and ongoing efforts to serve at-risk boys and girls through grants to community-based care organizations.

“By updating our presence on the web, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ has provided an improved destination to connect with the organization, support its mission or seek its support for worthwhile causes,” said Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ President Ralph Aguera.

In addition to providing information on the foundation’s long-standing support from distributors, retailers, suppliers, and other companies associated with the beverage alcohol industry, the site catalogues the foundation’s work to give at-risk youth a second chance by identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these boys and girls.

Visitors to the site will notice streamlined menus, simple navigation and access to information on how to support Sky Ranch Foundation ℠, as well as how to apply for grant support from the foundation.  The site also provides information about the organization’s governance and its continued association with the beverage alcohol industry.

“As Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ continues to develop as a difference-maker in the lives of young boys and girls, we’re also evolving technologically as an organization to connect with those wo want to learn more about the foundation or those who wish to join the men and women of the beverage alcohol industry supporting Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ goals,” said Aguera.

Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation’s &#8480 funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries.  Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ continues to strive to be the uniting force within the beverage alcohol industry for aid to at-risk youth and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment – without commercial self-interest or promotion – to the youth of America.

Peggy Donovan Named Vice President Sky Ranch Foundation

August 12, 2014 – Sky Ranch Foundation (SRF) announced today that Foundation Director Peggy Donovan has been elevated to the position of Vice President on SRF’s Executive Committee.  Donovan, who has served as Secretary on the SRF board of directors, will bring her more than 40 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry and a profound understanding of non-profits dedicated to helping troubled youth to the organization’s leadership team.

“We’re delighted to recognize Peggy’s dedication with this new role on the Sky Ranch Foundation Executive Committee,” said SRF President Ralph Aguera.  “Her passion for Sky Ranch, and her tireless personal support of community youth programs will contribute to the foundation’s mission to serve at-risk boys and girls.”

Donovan got her start in the beverage alcohol industry with Kobrand Corporation in 1962, spending thirty-two years with the company.  In 1994, she joined Wirtz Beverage Group, working as the assistant to Rocky Wirtz until her retirement in 2006.  During her time in the industry, she served as the national President of the World Association of Alcohol Beverage Industries (WAABI) from 1995-1999.  In addition to her vast experience within the beverage alcohol world, Donovan has been an engaged supporter of numerous charitable organizations.  A longtime member of the Alzheimer’s Association, she served as President of the Chicago chapter from 1990-1992.

With her affiliation with Sky Ranch dating back to the early 1990’s, Donovan has seen the organization go through numerous transitions – from a ranch for boys, then for girls, then back to boys, to Sky Ranch Foundation’s new focus and approach to helping troubled youth today.

“Seeing the positive impact that Sky Ranch had on those kids made me realize how important it is to help them,” said Donovan.  “It made me want to do more to give them a voice.”

True to her word, Donovan has been a volunteer guardian for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the 5th judicial circuit of Florida since 2007, and was named Guardian of the Year in 2011.  Her duties include monthly visits to children and acting as their voice in the court system.  She also serves as a board member of Voices for Children, a not-for-profit that assists the guardian program.

“Times have changed, and programs have changed, but we still have to use our resources to help abused and neglected children,” said Donovan.  “I’m thankful for this opportunity to be part of the Sky Ranch Foundation leadership team but regardless of my position, I believe in the Foundation’s mission and am committed supporting this tremendous organization.”

Sky Ranch Awards Announces Grant for Youth Counselor Positions at Boys & Girls Haven

Grant for Youth Counselor Positions at Boys & Girls HavenJuly 22 2013 –Sky Ranch Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to support two Youth Counselor positions that are integral to the success of Boys & Girls Haven’s Campus School. On average, children entering the school are two to three grade levels behind in their education. Many of them also have learning disabilities or emotional behavioral disorders, or both.

By assigning two Youth Counselors to actively serve in the school, the staff-to-student ratio is significantly increased. This allows for greater supervision, safety, and one-to-one assistance, as well as providing positive role modeling and counseling. This grant will support the educational success of approximately 90 children who attend the campus school as residents of the campus-based programs.

“The generosity of Sky Ranch Foundation is humbling. Together, we share a commitment to give every troubled child the opportunity for success and a fulfilling future. Our campus school is the cornerstone to helping our kids catch up to their peers and to shatter any barriers standing between them and educational success,” said Jeff Hadley, CEO of Boys & Girls Haven.

Boys & Girls Haven is a nonprofit organization that strives to shelter, heal and teach struggling young people to become productive and healthy members of our community. Since 1950, Boys & Girls Haven has transformed the lives of more than 3,500 abandoned, abused and neglected children.

Boys & Girls Haven is more than a home. We heal the scars left by abuse and neglect. We teach struggling youth to be successful as they embark on lives of independence. We change children’s lives by providing stability, education, and new, productive skills that will lead to success in adulthood.

Sky Ranch Foundation Joins with Distilled Spirits Council to Support Wounded Warriors Family Support Program

September 30, 2013 – Keeping with its mission of supporting boys and girls who need help, Sky Ranch Foundation was proud to lend its support to the Wounded Warrior Family Support program with a $20,000 contribution.  The amount was matched by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and along with other funds raised at DISCUS’ annual Spirit of Mt. Vernon Gala, totaled $75,000 for the program which provides support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.

“A number of terrific organizations are doing great work to help our returning soldiers who were wounded in combat operations, and rightfully so,” said Sky Ranch Foundation Chairman Ralph Aguera.  “We should never overlook are the needs of the families of these wounded warriors, especially their kids.”

Sky Ranch Foundation’s coordination with DISCUS was not a matter of coincidence.  The foundation was established and energized by the support of companies and organizations associated with the beverage alcohol industry, including DISCUS’ member companies.

“A generous grant of $20,000 from the Sky Ranch Foundation made it possible for the annual Mount Vernon Industry event to reach its goal of raising $75,000 for the Wounded Warrior Family Support program,” said Dr. Peter Cressy, President & CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).  “Colonel John Folsom, the founder of this important program, was extremely grateful and thankful as were all DISCUS members.”

Wounded Warriors Family Support originated from a small-scale, pass-the-hat campaign initiated by Col. John Folsom in 2003 benefitting U.S. soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany — the first stop for wounded military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan before returning home. From those humble beginnings, Wounded Warriors Family Support has grown into a national organization serving wounded veterans and their families across the country.  It is an independent nonprofit organization that addresses the many ways – emotionally, psychologically and financially – that families of American casualties suffer.  By working with military and nonprofit partners, it identifies and fills gaps in services for wounded veterans and their families.

“We look forward to Sky Ranch Foundation’s contribution making a difference for the loved ones of our brave and dedicated military men and women,” said Aguera.

Sky Ranch Foundation Announces $12,000 Grant for Launch of POPSKIDS Achievement Academy

July 22, 2013 – Sky Ranch Foundation, a charitable organization established through the support of companies and organizations associated with the beverage alcohol industry, announced today that it has made a $12,000 grant to Peninsula Outreach Programs (POPS) KIDS, a nonprofit organization providing educational, financial and support services to Conductive Education centers and children with motor disabilities and their families.

Founded in 1993, POPSKIDS has become the primary funding source for pilot programs and permanent Conductive Education Centers in California’s Bay Area. Conductive Education focuses on the whole person recognizing physical, social, intellectual and emotional aspects of learning. It requires active learning and participation in an attempt to overcome motor disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injuries and stroke. POPSKIDS programs are designed to empower the participants to reach for the stars and find their personal best.

“This incredibly generous grant from the Sky Ranch Foundation has made it possible for POPSKIDS to immediately launch the Achievement Academy,” said Ursula Miller, President of POPSKIDS. “The Achievement Academy has been designed to build self-esteem and to provide much needed fun and recreation in a nurturing summer camp setting. It is now in full swing at six summer camps through United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay.”

Kids participating in POPSKIDS Achievement Academy are recognized at the conclusion of the academy session with achievement awards that highlight campers who epitomize “life without limits” and those with the best attitude despite any physical challenges or limitations they may face.

Sky Ranch Foundation joins Southern Wine & Spirits of California as beverage alcohol industry organizations supporting POPSKIDS. Each year, Southern Wine and Spirits of California hosts a charity golf tournament to raise funds for POPSKIDS’ programs. This year’s tournament raised $100,000 for the non-profit.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help POPSKIDS provide programs that improve the quality of life of boys and girls with motor disabilities,” said Ralph Aguera, President of the Sky Ranch Foundation. “It’s heartening to join with Southern Wine and Spirits to take a targeted approach to giving that magnifies the impact of the funds.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the beverage alcohol industry, Southern Wine and Spirits and the Sky Ranch Foundation, we have been able to transform lives,” said Miller. “With their help, we are empowering motor challenged children to gain confidence and self-esteem.”

“Together, we will move forward, one child, one step, one success story at a time.”

Sky Ranch Foundation Announces Financial Support for Red Hook Initiative Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

November 28, 2012 – Sky Ranch Foundation, a charitable organization established more than 50 years ago with generous gifts from companies and organizations associated with the beverage alcohol industry, announced today that it is making a $10,000 donation to the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) in support of the Initiative’s Hurricane Sandy relief work in the Red Hook (Brooklyn, NY) community.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, the Red Hook Initiative transitioned rapidly from a youth development organization to the epicenter of relief work in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.  Located across the street from the Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing development, RHI continues to provide pro bono legal and medical care, hot meals, emergency supplies, mental health support, assistance with FEMA applications, and referrals for shelter to thousands of residents, of all ages, seven days a week since Hurricane Sandy hit.

“After learning about the Red Hook Initiative’s emergency transition from a youth support organization in a low-income area with high unemployment to a relief organization for those in the community affected by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, the Sky Ranch Foundation Board of Directors didn’t hesitate to support RHI’s work,” said Ralph Aguera, President of the Sky Ranch Foundation.

Since 1961, Sky Ranch Foundation has identified and offered financial aid to organizations that, like the Red Hook Initiative, provide effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to at-risk youth.  RHI offers comprehensive programming for middle school and high school students, and young adults.  These programs provide these young people with opportunities to develop skills and receive support in health, education, and employment, all while learning how to be engaged and active members of their own community.

“Our hearts, and those of the beverage alcohol industry, go out to those who have lost so much, and the families that are bravely dealing with the aftermath of this natural disaster,” said Aguera.  “Though the initial crisis has passed, many of those in this community have lost so much and have little to fall back on other than the staff and good work of the Red Hook Initiative.”