Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropic Service, Corporate, was given to TOPS Friendly Markets. Below is the company’s profile, as it appears in the convocation program.
By Stephanie DeJoseph
TOPS Friendly Markets has been a steadfast partner of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) since 2004. During that time, staff and customers have raised more than $250,000 at the company’s 32 locations to support pediatric care at Upstate.
Over the years, TOPS has conducted its very popular “Free Gas and Groceries” giveaway by asking shoppers to donate to the Children’s Hospital for a chance to win free gas and groceries for a year. As a CMNH partner, TOPS hosts an annual balloon campaign, which raised nearly $40,000 in 2015. Recently, with the help of managers and staff, the company kicked off “Casino Night” as a way for employees and vendors to enjoy a night out while supporting pediatric care locally. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000. TOPS also contributes to the Upstate Foundation’s annual Radiothon for Kids and Upstate Open, generously donating food products for the enjoyment of participants as part of their longtime partnership.
TOPS believes strongly in giving back to the community, providing financial, volunteer and in-kind support to improve the quality of life with a focus on children. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has enjoyed a strong and dedicated partnership for many years and looks forward to many more.