At its 16th annual Hall of Fame dinner on Sunday, March 4, 2007, the Sky Ranch Foundation honored individuals whose personal and business achievements have made an important contribution to the united efforts of the alcohol beverage industry to provide quality care for the troubled teens at Sky Ranch for Boys.
Each year the Sky Ranch Foundation names a number of individuals to the Hall of Fame. These individuals reflect the broad support Sky Ranch enjoys among all segments of the beverage alcohol industry and allied businesses. The “Class of 2007” for the Sky Ranch Hall of Fame included:
Retailer: Robert “Bubba” Sprenger - Tavern League of Wisconsin
Supplier: Christine Heller - Bacardi U.S.A.
Distributor: Fred Cooper - Judge & Dolph
Allied: Tim Condron - Future Brands LLC & Elmhurst, Illinois “Kickoff for Kids”.
Also honored at the dinner was Duncan Cameron, Treasurer & Administrator of Sky Ranch Foundation who was named the Mentor of the Year by Bill Slone of Beverage Media. Sky Ranch Foundation has enlisted numerous industry executives to mentor Sky Ranch boys. Duncan Cameron was recognized for his many years of service to Sky Ranch Foundation.
The highlight of the evening came when Linda and William Hayes, representing the Bardstown, Kentucky chapter of WAABI (World Association of the Alcohol Beverage Industries) presented a donation of $115,000, made possible by the chapter’s very successful 11th annual Golf Classic last Fall. Honoree Tim Condron also presented a check for $10,000 from the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation.
Sky Ranch for Boys, which celebrated its 46th anniversary in 2006, is a unique 3,000-acre facility on the South Dakota/Montana border where troubled kids from all parts of America get a second chance and a fresh start. Sky Ranch has built an enviable record over the years as it focuses on teaching kids to respect themselves and others. Through sports, arts, working with animals and even learning to fly a small plane, Sky Ranch helps kids find their natural gifts and take pride in them. Most boys advance at least 2 years in the grade level of their academic work during a one-year stay at Sky Ranch.
In 1961, members and friends of the alcohol beverage industry at all levels agreed to support the development of Sky Ranch. They formed the Sky Ranch Foundation, which has purchased the land, built the buildings, and provided annual cash support equal to 25 percent of the Sky Ranch budget. This 40+ year tradition has earned Sky Ranch the nickname, “the adopted charity of the alcohol beverage industry.” More than $17 million has been raised to help Sky Ranch since 1960. For more information visit their web site.