News Release
 August 4, 2016
CONTACT: Kathy Romanowski

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to present People Inc. with a check in the amount of $14,870 from the proceeds from the 2016 Taste of Buffalo. An official check presentation will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 11:00 am at People Inc. (1219 North Forest, Williamsville). As the presenting sponsor for the Taste of Buffalo, every year Tops selects a local charity in which to donate the proceeds made not only from their Tops prize wheel, but also from their food tent as well.

“As a locally operated company, Tops markets is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which it serves. By donating 100% of the proceeds from the Taste of Buffalo to People Inc. we are able to fulfill our philanthropic mission. TOPS Markets is proud of our work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities we serve – our community partners, as we believe in neighbors helping neighbors,” said Lindsey Zaffarano, community relations specialist for Tops Markets.

“We are so thankful to Tops for their generous donation,” said Denise Bienko, vice president, People Inc., “Our staff worked alongside the Tops team at the Taste of Buffalo, getting to know them and being part of the excitement that weekend. This contribution furthers our mission of helping individuals with disabilities live healthy, happy lives.”

The Taste of Buffalo, which was held July 9-10, hosted a record 62 vendors and attracted over 450,000 people to downtown Buffalo to enjoy Buffalo’s finest foods. The Tops booth served fresh clams, bacon & cheddar infused burgers, beef brisket burgers, chicken and mild Italian sausages, corn on the cob, and their signature strawberry shortcake. It was all hands on deck under the tent which was manned not only by Tops associates, but by 25 volunteers from People Inc. as well. Over $100,000 has gone back to local charities since Tops began donating their proceeds from The Taste of Buffalo.

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About Tops Markets:

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and currently operates 172 full-service supermarkets along with an additional five supermarkets operated by franchisees under the Tops banner. Currently Tops employs over 16,000 associates. Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

About People Inc.:

People Inc. provides programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families and seniors throughout Western New York and Rochester. Since 1970, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity. To learn more, visit Like us on Facebook at People Inc. and follow us on Twitter @PeopleIncNews.


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