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 Social Responsibility 

CDI Recognized for TIPS Role

Social responsibility has been a Connecticut Distributors focus for years. Our efforts were officially recognized in 2008 through letters of commendation from Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell and U.S. Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman.

Since 2008, CDI’s trainers have taught almost 800 servers about responsible serving. In partnering with the Stratford Police Department and the town’s Department of Community Services, we have conducted seminars for local retailers and education officials, thereby establishing a proactive image in the town where we are headquartered.  

Third Annual PSA Contest for Connecticut College Students: Debunking the Myths of Underage Drinking

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut Inc. (WSWC), of which Connecticut Distributors is an active member, together with Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele; Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Department of Consumer Protection; Lieutenant J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police; University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan; Jill Spineti, president of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership; Andrew Eber of Eber Bros.; and Professor Paul Falcone from the University of New Haven, team up to announce the third annual WSWC PSA Contest, "Debunking the Myths of Underage Drinking." Entrants were asked to submit a 30-second television public service announcement educating parents about the dangers of underage drinking and "debunking" the myths commonly invoked by parents in justifying permissiveness regarding underage drinking.

The WSWC is working in collaboration with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership to achieve the common goal of reducing underage drinking. 

"Studies show that youth who report drinking before the age of 15 are more likely than those who begin drinking later in life to have other substance abuse problems during adolescence," said Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele. 

"The WSWC PSA Contest sends a strong message parents need to hear," said CDI President Andrew Hillman. "To keep kids safe, parents must take an active, involved role in preventing drinking and making sure their children understand the dangers of underage drinking."

"Now in its third year, the college PSA contest is doing an amazing job of bringing underage drinking awareness to the forefront in Connecticut," said Peter Berdon, executive director of the WSWC. "We are proud of the students from our colleges and universities that have embraced the contest and it continues to grow each year."

Over the last two years, hundreds of college students in Connecticut have participated in the WSWC PSA Contest. Combined, they wrote, directed and produced over 50 PSAs, sending parents a clear message to talk with their children about alcohol and the dangers of underage drinking. 

Last year’s winning PSA was televised 150 times on local and cable stations. 

Last year’s first-place winner and recipient of a $2,500 cash prize was "Team UNH" from the University of New Haven. The team consisted of Andy Pop, Chelsea Fowler, Stephanie Balesano, Jonathan Gorton, Katie Morris, Thomas Stanley, Janic Maysonet, and the University of New Haven’s Director of Instructional and Institutional Media Paul Falcone. "Diversity" of Western Connecticut State University placed second and was awarded a $1,500 cash prize. The third place team and recipient of a $1,000 cash prize was "Playatech" from Quinnipiac University.