Tops Markets Continues Tradition of Supporting Golisano Children’s Hospital
Tops Friendly Markets has deep roots in the Upstate New York community and has long believed in giving back locally. Through numerous fundraising events, volunteerism, and their support through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), Tops’ outstanding support continues to leave its mark at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Since becoming a CMNH sponsor in 2005, the company has raised almost $1 million for Golisano Children’s Hospital. More important than the money, however, is the unwavering commitment that Tops has made in helping the children in our region.
“We’re so thrilled to partner with Golisano Children’s Hospital and support kids in our community,” said Andrew Brocato, director of community and public relations at Tops. “Our entire staff gets excited to get involved and rallies together to raise money for the hospital.”
Tops goes above and beyond to support the children’s hospital, providing volunteers and food for events, holding promotions and shopping sprees at its stores, sponsoring the annual Drive for Miracles Radiothon, and hosting its own fundraising events like Monte Carlo Night, as well as their annual golf tournaments.
“They’re an organization that I know I can always count on,” said Betsy Findlay, director of advancement for Golisano Children’s Hospital. “They are always so enthusiastic and willing to get behind our cause.”
Tops associates recognize the importance of giving back to the communities they live and work in, especially when they see what a difference Golisano Children’s Hospital makes to this community. It was natural for Tops to join the CMNH for just that reason. The network, which includes 170 children’s hospitals nationwide, is a wonderfully wide-spanning institution that forges bonds between children’s hospitals and the corporations like Tops that want to help them. The special connection between Tops and the hospital goes even deeper because one of Tops’ associates, Eric Czekanski, has a personal connection with the hospital. Eric is not only a manager at Tops, but also a grateful parent.
Eric’s son Bryce has a rare genetic disorder called Hurler-Scheie syndrome, which brings Bryce and Eric to Golisano Children’s Hospital every week for synthetic enzyme-replacement therapy. Bryce has gotten to know the hospital very well over the 13 years he’s been receiving his weekly IV therapy, which lasts eight hours each session. Bryce has created artwork for the Monte Carlo Night invitations and Kards for Kids, while he and his dad have shared their story at children’s hospital events like Radiothon. The Czekanskis’ dedication has inspired employees at the 19 Tops stores that support Golisano Children’s Hospital to be enthusiastic advocates for the hospital.