News Release
 January 23, 2006
CONTACT: Karl Oesterle

Tops Markets invites high school artists across Erie and Niagara counties to participate

Buffalo, NY - Attention all young artists! Grab your art supplies and get drawing for the 2006 Taste of Buffalo Poster Art Contest. Tops Markets and the Taste of Buffalo's Board of Directors invite high school students to be part of the Taste of Buffalo excitement by creating original artwork based on this year's theme "We Be Jammin' On Delaware." The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school in Erie and Niagara counties.

"We consider the poster contest an important bridge between the Taste and the region's youth," said Sandra Lamphear, Taste of Buffalo 2006 chairman. "For three years now, our partnership with Tops Markets has helped spur some creative juices from our high schoolers."

All entries must include an image of a fork and an image of a buffalo (animal). The event's Caribbean islands theme must also be conveyed. Completed entries should be mailed or hand delivered to: "Taste of Buffalo Poster Art Contest," Buffalo Alliance for Education, 275 Oak Street - Suite 220, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Pat Jensen. Entries must be received by March 17, 2006. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit

Once all entries are submitted and judging is complete, the Grand Prize winner's art will be used in the 2006 Taste of Buffalo official advertising, promotional and publicity materials being distributed throughout Western New York. Both the Grand Prize winner and their schools Art Department will receive $500 awards from the partnership of Tops Markets and the Taste of Buffalo's Board of Directors. Second price winner receives a $150 gift certificate for art supplies and framing courtesy of Hyatt's - All Things Creative and third prize wins an iPod Shuffle.

Tops Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. Tops currently operates 128 Tops Markets and 5 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 18,000 associates, Tops serves a three state market area. For more information about Tops Markets or Martin's Super Food Stores, visit the companies' websites at or


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