News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 September 5, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

   
TOPS HOSTS STAR PARTY IN THIRD PHASE OF STARS FOR OUR TROOPS PROGRAM
CLOSE TO 100 VOLUNTEERS JOIN TOGETHER TO PROPERLY REMOVE STARS TO PRESENT TO VETERANS

What: During phase three of the Tops Stars for Our Troops program (which began with the collection of worn and tattered flags at 33 Tops locations June 9-22, 2019) stars will properly be removed, packaged, and presented to Veterans across Tops’ three state imprint. Close to 100 volunteers from both Tops and Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight as well as the community will remove the stars at Tops Corporate Headquarters which will later be packaged and presented along with the message below to Veterans in nursing homes, hospitals, and on Honor Flight Missions.

"I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.

Last week 500 cantons were presented to United States Veterans, Casey Bukowski and Dan Quigley at Top’s Headquarters as part of the Tops Stars for Our Troops program. From there the police and Patriot Guard Riders escorted the Veterans, members of the Tops team, and the president of Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight, Tom Petrie, to Colvin Cleaners, located at 2375 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore, NY where the flags were presented to Christopher Billoni and owner, Paul Billoni, for proper laundering before Tops begins this third phase of the program.

Who: Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight Tops Friendly Markets Associates Community Volunteers

When: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2O19 - 3:00-8:00pm Where: 1760 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY

Why: “The respect and gratitude we have for the people who serve and have served in the military is immeasurable, and for that we are forever grateful,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops. “This program all began with the inspiration of simply collecting worn and tattered US Flags for proper retirement around Flag Day and has blossomed into so much more. Tops wanted to offer the community this service to not only properly retire their flags, but also know they are in some small way extending their thanks and respect to a Veteran through Stars for Our Troops.” 3,000 flags later, the grocery chain is overwhelmed with gratitude for the community’s support of the program.

Contact: Kathy Sautter, Tops Friendly Markets 716-635-5577/716-468-0216 (cell) ksautter@topsmarkets.com ###

 

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