MIAMI and DALLAS, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC ("Southern Glazer's")—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced a donation of $130,000 to the Dallas Police Association's Assist the Officer Foundation (DPA's ATO) following the recent tragic events in Dallas. The donation was the result of an employee fundraising campaign that included a company match, as well as support from Southern Glazer's valued suppliers.
"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the fallen officers who lost their lives in the line of duty," said Bennett Glazer, Executive Vice Chairman of Southern Glazer's. "Southern Glazer's is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates, and we thank all of our employees and suppliers who have generously contributed to this important cause."
Founded in 1999, the Dallas Police Association's Assist the Officer Foundation provides financial assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event. Immediate assistance is also available to an officer's family in the event of the death of an active officer. Additionally, in 2004 the DPA's ATO launched a first of its kind, confidential counseling service, exclusively for Dallas police officers. The program was designed for police officers, by police officers and professionals working together.
To show appreciation to those who participated in the fundraising campaign, members of Southern Glazer's Dallas-based leadership team hosted a reception Tuesday night for employees and suppliers. Special guests from the Dallas Cowboys, including Jason Garrett, Stephen Jones, Tony Romo, and Roger Staubach attended to demonstrate their support for the effort. Dallas Police Department Chief of Police, David Brown, also joined the Southern Glazer's team.
"We know that the Dallas community is resilient, and the Southern Glazer's family stands by them as they begin to heal," stated Shelly Stein, President of Southern Glazer's. "We have deep roots in the Dallas community and the least we could do is take care of those who take care of us."
About Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC
Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC is North America's largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer's urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly.