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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 July 20, 2005
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716-635-5885

   
(WNY VERSION) TOPS MARKETS DONATES HALF A MILLION TO JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Over $317,000 raised by WNY customers and associates

Buffalo, NY - Tops Markets today announced that through the generous support of their customers and associates, over $317,000 will be donated to the Western New York chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This past spring, customers purchased paper sneakers for $1 at the check-out to help raise funds in the fight against juvenile diabetes. Tops associates supported JDRF by participating in local walk events as well as through their own fundraising activities at both the store level and at corporate headquarters in Williamsville. "We want to thank our customers and associates for joining us in the fight to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes," said Max T. Henderson, executive vice president and general manager. "We would not be able to support such worthwhile causes and organizations without their generosity."

Last year, Tops raised $425,000 chain wide, but this year exceeded projections raising over $500,000 in the combined Western and Central New York markets. This year also marked a 365% increase in the number of Tops walkers at the Buffalo and Jamestown walk events. The Tops walking team consisted of associates, family and friends. Tops Markets, LLC is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, and the leading supermarket chain in Western New York. Tops currently operates 152 Tops Markets in three states in addition to two Martin's Super Food Stores. Founded in 1962, Tops employs nearly 18,000 associates. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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