~Partnership with Rally Foundation targeted to raise up to $50,000 nationally~
VICTOR, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012 - Constellation Brands, Inc., the world's leading premium wine company, is continuing its participation in the fight against childhood cancer. Nationally, the company's annual "Corks Against Cancer" program will take place this fall to benefit the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally), a non-profit organization that strives to increase awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Constellation has donated more than $300,000 to Rally during its five-year partnership.
Across the country, many restaurants and liquor stores are partnering with Constellation Brands to raise funds for Rally through December. The retail partners will feature Robert Mondavi Private Selection or Blackstone wines and, in support of the cause, Constellation Brands will donate up to $50,000 to Rally. A list of participating retailers can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/corksagainstcancer or http://rallyfoundation.org/index.php/fundraisers/corks_against_cancer_participating_locations or on Twitter at @Corks4Rally.
"The Constellation Brands-Rally partnership is an excellent example of how companies and non-profit organizations can work together to raise much needed funds for an important cause," said Rob Sands, president and chief executive officer, Constellation Brands. "We are very pleased to continue this national campaign."
"Rally is honored to work with Constellation Brands, as they elevate life with every glass raised," said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally. "They are definitely making a difference in the lives of kids fighting cancer."
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in America from birth through age 15 and Rally will use the funds in the hope of developing better cancer treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Since its inception in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $3 million in research grants supporting 60 childhood cancer projects in hospitals across the country.
About Constellation Brands, Inc.
Constellation Brands is the world's leading premium wine company, with a broad portfolio of premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories. Constellation Brands' brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Inniskillin, Franciscan Estate, Mark West, Ruffino, Simi, Estancia, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.
About Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally)
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids ages 0 to 15. Rally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cure. Volunteers participate in the Rally Athlete program, which offers half marathon training teams for select national races and other Rally fundraisers. Rally received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, and according to independently audited financials, 93 cents of every dollar raised, supports Rally's mission. For more information, visit RallyFoundation.org.
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