WASHINGTON, DC – The George Washington Spirits Society inducted two new members at an industry heritage celebration this evening at Mount Vernon, the Distilled Spirits Council announced. The 2003 inductees are: U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Harvey Chaplin, Chairman and Chief Executive of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “The George Washington Spirits Society was created to recognize distinguished inductees who best exemplify the outstanding qualities exhibited by our first president in his life, his business enterprises, and his service to his country,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy. “Just like our Founding Father, each of these honorees appreciate the moderate use of spirituous liquors and their appropriate place in our society, culture and history.” The honorees were inducted into the George Washington Spirits Society during a special reception and dinner at Mount Vernon attended by more than 750 guests including industry leaders, legislators, ambassadors and the media. The evening, which included a special auction of commemorative bottles tapped from barrels the industry has been aging at Mount Vernon, raised $200,000 for Mount Vernon’s educational campaign, “To Keep Him First.” During the induction ceremony, the honorees were presented a certificate recognizing each one as the “Guardian of His Spirit” and a medal created by the world-renowned Lenox designers. The medals, made through an antique process using burnished silver over pewter, featured an image of George Washington with the words “Heritage, Responsibility, and Integrity” on the one side and a replica of George Washington’s copper pot still on the other side. The inductees were selected by the Board of Trustees of the George Washington Spirits Society which is made up of representatives of America’s leading distillers and Historic Mount Vernon. THE 2003 MEMBERS OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON SPIRITS SOCIETY: • U.S. Senator Jim Bunning Following a remarkable 17-year, hall of fame, major league baseball career, Senator Bunning began his public service career in 1977. He has served as City Council Member, Kentucky State Senator, and for 12 years as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 4th District of Kentucky. In 1998, he was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky where he is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Sen. Bunning has fought tirelessly to reduce tax burdens on families, businesses and consumers. A strong advocate for fair excise taxes, Sen. Bunning is the sponsor of the distilled spirits federal excise tax rollback bill. • Harvey R. Chaplin Harvey R. Chaplin has distinguished himself by his brilliant leadership in the beverage alcohol industry and his remarkable philanthropic efforts. Beginning his career in the spirits industry in 1944, Chaplin is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits, one of the largest private companies in America. Southern Wine & Spirits operate distributorships in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and a wine and spirit brokerage in Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Chaplin is Chairman of Shaw-Ross International Importers, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Chaplin is widely recognized for his extraordinary philanthropic activities and has been noted for his support of Florida International University, the University of Miami, Duke University, University of California-Davis, and Napa College. He is also a strong supporter of Temple Beth Shalom of Miami Beach, the Nor-Isle Optimist Club, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the Sylvester Cancer Center. Last year, four charter members were inducted into the George Washington Spirits Society: Ambassador W.L. Lyons Brown, Jr., former Brown-Forman CEO; General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.), former Commandant of the Marine Corps; A. Raymond Tye, Chairman, The United Group; and Charles Bailes, Jr. of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits.