~H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center to receive funding to help fight childhood cancer; money raised through national campaign sponsored by Constellation Brands

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) presented a check today for $10,000 to the Sunshine Project at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center as part of its national "Corks Against Cancer" campaign with Constellation Brands and its Blackstone Winery brand.

The campaign took place from September – December 2011. Donating $1.00 from every bottle of Blackstone purchased nationally, Constellation gave over $163,000 to Rally to fund pediatric cancer research across the country.

Through the efforts of local restaurants and liquor stores, $30,000 was raised in Florida. These funds were provided in part by Texas Cattle Company. Texas Cattle Company was one of 130 accounts in Florida to participate in the campaign.

"Rally has been a long-time supporter of the Sunshine Project at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center," says Dean Crowe, founder and chief executive officer of Rally. "We are thrilled to have the support of Constellation Brands and accounts like the Texas Cattle Company, allowing us to make greater strides in childhood cancer research."

"For the last four years, a grassroots partnership developed between Rally and Constellation Brands," said Rob Sands, president and CEO, Constellation Brands, Inc. "As a result of this national fundraising campaign, we are very pleased to donate to Rally to help in the fight against childhood cancer."

For every dollar Rally receives, 93 cents goes to support childhood cancer research, according to independently audited financials. Since its founding in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $2.2 million for childhood cancer research grants supporting 50 projects across the country.

To find out more about Rally and Corks Against Cancer, visit RallyFoundation.org or contact Christen Patterson at christen@rallyfoundation.org or 404.847.9176.

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 based in Atlanta, 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, a 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.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands is the world's leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation's brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.

Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B) is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 100 countries and operations in approximately 30 facilities. The company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to different people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more about Constellation, visit the company's website at www.cbrands.com.

SOURCE Constellation Brands, Inc.