Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association — active in the communities we serve:
Connecticut Beer Wholesalers are active members of the communities they serve. From supporting safety to assuring quality of life, our members generously donate product, time, talent and resources to many vital organizations across the state. Here are some of our most recent efforts:
F&F Distributors (New London) supported the first ever Norwich Winterfest 5K to benefit the Reliance House, Inc. The race, open to walkers and all levels of runners, kicked off the Winterfest parade in downtown Norwich and a full day of entertainment. The Reliance House provides support to those on the road of recovery by partnering with adults to advance their day to day life skills and to help them find and preserve stable housing, advance their educational goals, gain career experience, develop social networks and maintain employment.
F&F Distributors (New London) supported Waterford Country School's 10th annual Kabaret for Kids fundraising gala. The event featured a live and silent auction, a buffet, premier entertainment, and dancing. All the proceeds go in support of the children and youth at Waterford Country School. Waterford Country School is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to enrich the lives of children and strengthen families through specialized programs to ensure that each child entrusted to their care is given the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop at his or her own pace.
F&F Distributors (New London) sponsored The Great New London Chowder Challenge, an exciting event that is part of the five day Schooner Fest in New London, CT. The festival welcomes up to 20 schooners, first at Mystic Seaport and then to the historic port of New London, highlighting the schooners and how they played an important part in helping our nation win its independence and a significant role in the state's thriving commerce. The festival is not only about education and history, but also about good family fun with music, events, art, and activities for kids on the Waterfront. F&F Distributors recognizes the importance of this entertaining educational event marking Connecticut maritime history.
F&F Distributors (New London) supported Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the opening of the new cancer center in Waterford, CT. The new cancer center will offer an unprecedented range and depth of cancer services that will include extensive radiation and medical oncology programs, along with state of the art treatment technologies. F&F Distributors understands the importance of having these cancer services available for the communities of Eastern Connecticut.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) supported Bloomfield Public Schools' Annual Back to School Fair. The Back to School Fair is open to all Bloomfield families and is a great way for them to learn about businesses in the area, free educational seminars, and school system programs and services. The families also enjoyed free food, entertainment, and took home donated school supplies and backpacks. ROGO Distributors sponsored this event to help the Bloomfield students start the school year off with the supplies they need for a great year!
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) was proud to support the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of Hartford's Tau Iota Chapter family cookout. The organization has been a long sponsor of local initiatives that focus on service to the community. The cookout was one of many events the chapter hosts to continue to enhance the quality of life for all Hartford families. Rogo Distributors recognizes the valuable work and dedication to the families and the community of Hartford and was very proud to sponsor the event this year.
F&F Distributors (New London) understands the importance of a "hand up" for the returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that the Work Vessels for Vets help make possible. Work Vessels for Vets provides veterans with the "vessel", from providing a vehicle to electronics, needed to start a business or career education. In support of this amazing organization, F&F Distributors supported a Lobster Picnic for Vets to help raise funds for Work Vessels for Vets to continue to help veterans get back into civilian life.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) The Bridge Family Center, a social service agency in West Hartford serves children, youth, and families in the Greater Hartford region, held its annual meeting on June 11 at the Pond House Café. At that meeting, Bridge executive director Margaret Hann presented Clem Sayers, general manager of Rogo Distributors, with the 8th annual Bridge Business Award. A division of Allan S. Goodman, Inc., Rogo Distributors has been a successful beer and beverage distributor in the Hartford area since 1976.
Rogo has partnered with the Bridge Family Center for the past 14 years. "It's hard to talk about our connection with Clem and Rogo without talking about his wife, Ellen," said Margaret Hann. "Ellen joined our charity ball committee the first year—14 years ago—and the rest is history.
Bridge is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of Clem Sayers and Rogo Distributors. For the past 14 years they have contributed to the organization in countless ways; whether it’s the Bridge’s annual gala or making it possible for the organization to participate in Celebrate West Hartford, an annual community event in our community. As a result of Clem’s generosity and tireless services while difficult to quantify, the Bridge programs for children and families in the Greater Hartford region has received more than $35,000 from Rogo Distributors.
It was a great honor to present Clem Sayers and Rogo Distributors with the 8th Annual Business award.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) supports the valuable employment and training services that the Easter Seals Goodwill Industries provide to the people of the greater New Haven area. The Mission of the Easter Seals Goodwill Industries is to enhance the employment, educational, social, and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) sponsored the 2013 Dry Dock Summer Concert Series to benefit the Dry Dock in Wallingford. The Dry Dock is a non-profit organization providing a safe and sober environment to the community as a whole, with a particular emphasis on the recovery community.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) supported the N.E.W. 34th Charitable Foundation's Wine Tasting Benefit on June 27, 2013 at the Traditions Golf Course in Wallingford. The N.E.W. 34th Charitable Corporation, founded by Senator Leonard Fasano, is a not for profit, non-political corporation, who's mission is raising and donating money to deserving causes, events, and not-for-profits within the 34th State Senatorial District.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) salesforce works closely with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital every year to raise funds that help support the important research and treatment for the children at the hospital. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility that focuses on advancing cures and means of prevention for children's catastrophic diseases.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) understands the importance of keeping the 300 graduating seniors of East Hartford High School safe and responsible during their post graduation celebrations. ROGO Distributors partnered with East Hartford High School's Safe Graduation party for a safe, drug and alcohol free event to congratulate outgoing seniors for 12 years of intense effort and hard work.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) supported the 5th annual "Ron's Run for the Roses" held May 4th, 2013 at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. The event benefits the Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, a foundation devoted to the promotion of public awareness of pancreatic cancer, the importance of early detection, support for those suffering from pancreatic cancer, and to raise funds for medical research. All proceeds from this event goes to the Pancreatic Cancer Study Group of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) understands the importance of keeping the seniors of Conard High School, in West Hartford, safe during their post graduation celebrations. ROGO Distributors partnered with Conard's Safe Graduation Party June 2013 in support of an all-night, drug and alcohol-free, post-graduation celebration that brings seniors together for one last memorable event at Conard High School.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) partners with Channel 3 Kids Camp every year to support all the Hartford area Fund Raising events and the Supporters Dinner at Scot Haney's house. ROGO Distributors supports the important work that Channel 3 Kids Camp does to promote leadership, diversity and integrity for over 4,000 children, ages 6-16, from Connecticut and areas throughout New England each year. The unique, year-round programs at Channel 3 Kids Camp make it possible for all children to attend camp without financial restrictions.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) gave their support to the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters provide children in need with outstanding mentors who help them reach their highest potential. Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in 111 cities and towns across the state. Understanding how important this program is for children to have higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships, ROGO Distributors supports this event every year.
F&F Distributors (New London) supported the New London Police Union Local 724's Identity & Security Guide. This fund is distributed throughout the New London area to support youth sports and scholarships.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) supported the annual Wallingford Project Graduation. In it's 24th year, Wallingford Project Graduation is a group of volunteers committed to keeping Wallingford's high school seniors safe and substance free on graduation night. By offering a chaperoned event that appeals to young adults, Project Graduation attempts to prevent the possibility of reckless choices at a time when excitement can cloud judgement and allowing them to move forward to the next step in their young lives.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) supported the Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association for the 17th consecutive year. The Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association (N.E.O.A.) is a non-profit educational organization of more than a thousand law enforcement personnel and others in the criminal justice system, including state and local police, D.E.A., F.B.I. and Customs. N.E.O.A.'s purpose is to provide education for police officers and the general public regarding substance abuse and the dangers of drugs! 100% of the support given goes directly into the N.E.O.A. treasury, which helps benefit a wide array of projects toward drug awareness in the community.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) understands the important work the firefighters of the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department, Company 7, do for the community. In support of their efforts, G&G Beverage Distributors donated money to help ensure the further enhancement of their training, equipment and the operations of the Fire Department. Comprised of 30 members, the North Farms Volunteer Fire Department is a volunteer fire company within the Town of Wallingford Fire Department. The N.F.V.F.D. responds to an average of 800 fires, medical and other emergencies per year, and attend approximately 100 hours of training per year.
A. Gallo & Company (Torrington) partnered with the Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality, Inc (MASH)'s “Iron Chef” event, on August 17, 2012, at Enders Island. This was MASH's most successful event to date, and helped to raise critically important funds to allow MASH to carry out their mission of helping local families facing homelessness this coming year.
The MASH mission is to assist homeless families and families at risk of losing their housing by providing emergency shelter, as needed, and by helping these families to secure and maintain stable, permanent housing. Local economic conditions remain challenging, and hard times in the economy mean a continued need for support to families facing homelessness. MASH anticipates that they will serve close to 100 families with shelter, homelessness prevention, and rapid re-housing services this year.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) employees, Heather Bernardi and Liz Johnson, know how important it is to give back to their community. For the past two years, Bernardi and Johnson have hand crafted Easter baskets for in-need families in Wallingford, Connecticut. Working closely with the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford to find groups needing assistance, this year's hand crafted 36 Easter baskets were donated to the Spanish Community of Wallingford and the Wallingford Community Day Care Center.
For those not familiar, the Wallingford Community Day Care Center provides high-quality, affordable child care education for central Connecticut culturally-diverse families. The center is a nationally accredited program and in the top six percent for education.
“It's a great feeling to give back to the places I've used in my life,” says Heather Bernardi, G&G Distributors employee, who has used the center in the past.
F&F Distributors, Inc. (New London) understands the importance of the encourangement of young people interested in a career in law enforcement. To support the police cadets of the Police Cadet Training School in East Lyme, F&F Distributors, Inc. made a donation to ensure the training school's further inspiration of future law enforcement.
ROGO Distributors (East Hartford) partnered with the Indian Valley Family YMCA in Ellington for their 2013 Beer/Wine Tasting Fundraiser. In a repeat of support provided in 2012, Clem Sayer and his team at Rogo help make possible and evening to benefit the “YMCA Strong Kids Campaign” supporting members and families at the Y by providing programs for children with disabilities, childcare services, day camp and resource to benefit cancer patients.
“Without the support of community members such as Rogo, we would not be able to enrich the lives of our region, nor provide such a welcomed variety of services and programs,” — Indian Valley Family YMCA
F&F Distributors (New London) partnered with New London Community & Campus Coalition (NLCCC) to provide TIPS and SMART Training to New London bars, restaurants and package stores at no cost to the participants. For those not familiar with this programs, TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) and SMART (Servers and Managers Alcohol Responsibility Training) have been designed to assure that servers of alcohol are taught to serve responsibility, how to spot signs of intoxication, and how to respond appropriately. This is especially vital in assuring the underage drinking is curtailed in all environments.
“By underwriting the costs to offer these programs, Eric Filardi and his team at F&F Distributors helps NLCCC fulfill our mission ‘to engage the New London community in combating risky behaviors by promoting healthy, vibrant and productive lifestyles for our teens. Thank you for helping us assure that alcohol is sold and served properly in our community and in our culture.” — Tony Mollica, Community Coordinator of NLCCC.
G&G Distributors (Wallingford) supported the annual Game Dinner of the Wallingford Wishing Well organization — an all volunteer group that provides timely assistance to at-risk, ill or underprivileged children (birth to 18) in the town of Wallingford.
This annual game night brings together a community of volunteers from all walks of life to raise funds in support of gathering the resources needed for the children of Wallingford.
F&F Distributors (New London) understands the importance of preventing underage drinking in their community and nation-wide. To support local efforts, F&F Distributors have made a donation to New London High School, Class of 2013, to assure the success of an alcohol-free, senior class graduation party.