Sugarlands Distilling Company Announces 2nd Annual MoonShare Year of Giving

GATLINBURG, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sugarlands Distilling Company is giving away $60,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations across the United States through its 2nd Annual MoonShare program.

MoonShare is the nationwide giveback component of Sugarlands Distilling Co. that helps nonprofit organizations positively influence their communities with MoonShare Grants, fundraisers, and donations.

"Our company has a deep respect for our heritage and the 'mountain way' of living," said Courtney DeLaura, National Director of MoonShare. "Giving back, lending a hand, and helping others are all important aspects of that lifestyle."

Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a $5,000 MoonShare Grant September 1 through November 24, 2015. Fifty organizations will be chosen in December to enter the voting stage. From December 31, 2015 to January 31, 2016 the general public will vote on Facebook for their favorite 12 nonprofits to receive a grant.

The winners will be announced February 2, 2016.

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"The MoonShare program is an amazing program that highlights the bond between businesses and nonprofits," said Julian Maha, founder and CEO of KultureCity—a 2015 MoonShare Grant recipient. "KultureCity is truly honored to partner with Sugarlands Distilling Company to create a world where all individuals with autism and their families can be accepted."

In addition to the monetary award, each of the 12 organizations will be assigned a month to be featured in the "Month to Shine" series on Sugarlands Distilling Company's website and social media platforms to help bring awareness to the cause of each MoonShare recipient.

In 2015, Sugarlands Distilling Co. donated $60,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country. Each month one organization was selected by the public to receive a $5,000 MoonShare Grant to put toward a charitable cause.

About Sugarlands Distilling Company

Sugarlands Distilling Company is a producer of craft quality moonshine and whiskey and is also a popular attraction in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Inside the distillery, guests can taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel. To enhance their experience, guests can enjoy live music on the Sugarlands Spirits Stage, Appalachian storytelling, and book outdoor adventure tours in the Sugarlands—an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park historically referred to as "moonshiners' paradise." The company is East Tennessee-owned, with a focus on bettering the local community through a variety of events and charitable giving. Sugarlands Distilling Company's phased strategic distribution strategy will be supported through a partnership with TAG USA, one of the most respected beverage marketing/sales organizations in the country. Sugarlands Shine is now available in fifteen states, including Tennessee.

CONTACT: Jay Miller, public relations coordinator (865)323-3736

Source:Sugarlands Distilling Co.