The annual Board meeting of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ ( took place on June 1 in New York City to address grant requests. Chairman George McCarthy (Corby Spirit and Wine) and President Ralph Aguera (Brown-Forman, retired.) presided.  In attendance were Vice Presidents Mike Donohoe (Jim Beam Brands, retired) and Peggy Donovan (Breakthru Beverage Group, retired) as well as Barry Becton of DIAGEO, Bill Slone of Beverage Media, John Bodnovich of American Beverage Licensees, Foundation Officer George Suttles, Jeffrey Fazio of Merril Lynch and Dori Bryant.

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Back Row: John Bodnovich, George Suttles, Barry Becton, Mike Donohoe, Jeffrey Fazio;

Front Row: George McCarthy, Peggy Donovan, Dori Bryant, Ralph Aguera, Bill Slone

$140,000 in grant money was approved to support eight organizations that help at-risk youth across the country. Chicago-based Urban Initiatives, Mission, S.D.-based Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud and New York-based Red Hook Initiative were among the receiving organizations.

“The Foundation’s work continues through direct aid and monetary grants, with a focus on at-risk youth”, said George McCarthy. “We call upon the Beverage Alcohol Industry to actively participate, to ensure that the Foundation keeps giving back to these deserving organizations well into the future”, notes Ralph Aguera.

If you are involved with or know of any organization that fits our commitment, we encourage you to share our web site with them to apply for a grant.  While visiting, note that the Foundation now accepts direct donations (

George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1.4 million 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. 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.