October 2021

It has been a decade since Sky Ranch for Boys, a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth, was closed and sold.  Proceeds from that sale, as well as donations from the Beverage Alcohol Industry, enabled the Foundation to continue our work by awarding grants to organizations with the same goal, helping these youth through a multitude of rehabilitative services.

Over the past 10 years the Foundation has awarded well over $4 million in grants. One such organization is the Mission, South Dakota-based Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud ( Todd county was recently ranked by USA Today as the second worst place to live in the U.S., offering a most daunting challenge at the start.

Youth from the Rosebud Reservation are picked up daily from school and spend three hours at the club. A host of activities are offered with the main focus on academics-a holistic approach. Their belief is that their organization empowers youth to be the future leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Foundation President, Ralph Aguera states, “All of us at the Foundation are proud to help this organization grow to serve the countless at-risk youth of Rosebud. We have seen their Clubs grow (now three locations), enabling more youth to be reached.”

Organizations wishing to receive a grant can link below to view the Foundation Guidelines: deadline for the next grant cycle is Monday January 31, 2022.

For 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 for details.

The full list of beverage alcohol industry companies who support the Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page,, which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact

Special thanks to Mark Brown’s Industry Newsletter and the following media outlets for their constant support: ABL-USA, and MODERN DISTILLERY AGE

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President


About Sky Ranch Foundationand Sky Ranch For Boys®

Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded $4.2 million in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 60 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 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.