The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse 2022, Presented by Tops, raises over $20,000 for local charities

Make-A-Wish Central New York and the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center to share donations collected during the June festival.

ROCHESTER, NY (July 20, 2022) — The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, Central New York’s biggest food and music festival, welcomed an estimated 200,000 people over two days this past June. Produced by Galaxy Media, the festival featured hundreds of eateries and food trucks and non-stop music with over 33 bands including the Grammy-nominated 90s alternative band, Everclear. In addition to welcoming large crowds steadily over throughout the festival, over $20,000 was collected for local charities.

Representatives from The Summit Federal Credit Union and Tops Friendly Markets gathered Tuesday, July 19th at Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse to present a check for $10,064.50 each to the two festival beneficiaries: Make-A-Wish Central New York and the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The money collected was a joint effort between The Summit Federal Credit Union and Tops Friendly Markets, Taste of Syracuse sponsors. 100% of the funds collected from both organizations were donated to the two beneficiaries.

“We are thrilled that we were able to recognize and raise money for these two local charities that make a big difference in Central New York,” said Twanda Christensen, Vice President of Marketing and Community Engagement for The Summit Federal Credit Union.

“We thank everyone that stopped by our tent to help us support McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center and Make-A-Wish Central New York, and we were thrilled to be able to donate 100% of our proceeds to benefit these wonderful charities,” said Kathleen Allen, Senior Manager of Community Relations for Tops Friendly Markets.

“We truly have the best partners for this event. Not only do they help to underwrite this great community festival, but they are always forward-thinking regarding ways that they can give back to our local community,” said Galaxy Media Chief Operating Officer, Carrie Wojtaszek. “We’re looking forward to next year!”

About The Summit Federal Credit Union

Founded in 1941, The Summit Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, full-service financial cooperative. With over $1.3 billion in assets, The Summit has over 230 employees and provides a full range of affordable financial products and services to over 91,000 active members in Central New York, the Finger Lakes Region, and Western New York.   The Summit is dedicated to the rich diversity of the communities that they serve. You will regularly see their staff out and about in the community supporting other not-for-profit organizations that share their mission and values.

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