January 2019

In our 59th year, Sky Ranch Foundation℠ continues to support our nation’s at-risk youth. The Beverage Alcohol Industry’s contributions have helped the Foundation to resultantly award grants to organizations so focused, such as these two worthy organizations.

Atlanta, GA-based ‘The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative’ (theodbi.org) was co-founded by someone who himself was an at-risk youth, Sam Bracken. A mobster stepfather, a sadistic stepbrother, drinking and doing drugs by the age of 9, mother abandoning him, virtually homeless…Despite these obstacles, he received a 4 year football scholarship and, as he left for College, all he had fit into one orange duffel bag, hence the name of this wonderful organization.

Dwayne Kasper Board Member Vice Chairman 5K Committee Chair The OBDI with Foundation President Ralph Aguera

With more than 6,100 youth in foster care between the ages of 11 and 18  in West Virginia, Foster Adventure (fosteradventure.org) aims to reach out to as many as possible. Ranch Foundation funds are directed to support their Opportunity Awaits Program which allows these youth to take hold or celebrate an opportunity presented to them such as extracurricular activities, school sports, clubs, class trips or “once in a life” experiences.

Foundation President Ralph Aguera states, “We salute these two organizations for their focus and earnestness in the rehabilitative work they do.”  Foundation Chairman George McCarthy furthers, “We are dedicated to continuing our efforts to award grants to organizations which help at-risk youth.”

To that end, organizations wishing to receive a grant have until January 31 to send in their Letter of Intent (LOI). Link here to view our Funding Guidelines:  https://www.skyranchfoundation.org/grants/funding-guidelines/

For almost 6 decades 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 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@gmail.com.

 

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys®

Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded $3.3 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 58 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