Chicago, Ill., August 30, 2016 – Constellation Brands, the third-largest beer company in the United States, today announced record employee participation in the Beer Division’s annual Summer Service project, which aims to make improvements to a local Chicago Public School in a lower-income, culturally diverse neighborhood. Constellation partnered with Chicago Cares, the city’s leading connector of people, communities and causes through volunteerism, to bring 258 employees to Fairfield Academy elementary school on the Chicago’s south side to update and improve the school’s look and feel in preparation for the coming school year.
“Our partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Cares helps to build a better and more vibrant community,” said Jim Ryan, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Constellation Brands Beer Division. “It strengthens the core values of our most important asset, our people. These efforts make us better individuals and a better company.”
Over the course of two days, Constellation employees from the Chicago office and field and national off-premise sales teams worked together to make Fairfield Academy’s environment more conducive to learning, investing more than 1,000 hours total in the school. Employee volunteers built multiple benches, planter boxes and bookcases, painted world and U.S. maps and sidewalk games on the outdoor play lot, painted two stairwells, the main office, reading room and cafeteria hallway, and created a canvas mural of the school mascot, the Fairfield Falcon.
“If the students feel a sense of belonging and take a sense of ownership of their environment, they’re more likely to respect it,” said Claudia Lopez, principal of Fairfield Academy. “Because students now feel respected, the response is to respect not only themselves, but their peers and their teachers. It really has a trickledown effect on the whole environment, the culture of the school.”
Now in its seventh year, Constellation’s Summer Service program reinforces the company’s commitment to giving back to the communities where its employees live and work. For more information about Constellation’s corporate social responsibility programs, visit constellationcsr.com.
About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy. Constellation is a Fortune 500® company and one of the top performing stocks in the S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index. Constellation is the No.3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. Constellation is also the world’s leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and Jackson-Triggs. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka and Casa Noble Tequila.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, sales in approximately 100 countries, over 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.
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