News Release
 October 5, 2018
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – It’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago over 450,000 Western New Yorkers crowded Delaware Avenue to celebrate the 35th birthday of the Taste of Buffalo. This time honored Western New York tradition brings the very best food and beverage that this community has to offer all together and Tops Friendly Markets been proud to be the sponsor of this event for the past 14 years.

Yet what truly brings Tops back to the table each and every year is that the Taste of Buffalo allows Tops to fulfill its philanthropic mission.

“At Tops Markets we take great pride in giving back to the communities we serve and what better way to do so than by being the presenting sponsor of The Taste of Buffalo,” said John Persons, president and COO for Tops Friendly Markets. “While this is an event we all look forward to being involved in at Tops, it is the impact this event has on our community that brings us back year after year.”

What many Western New Yorkers don’t realize is that while participants are enjoying the many delicious foods under the Tops tent, including their infamous strawberry shortcake or trying their luck on the Tops prize wheel, they are really giving back to their fellow neighbors in need as 100% of the proceeds from the Tops tent and prize wheel benefit a new charity each and every year. -more- This year Tops selected Goodwill of Western New York to be this year’s beneficiaries. Tops and Goodwill have had a long standing partnership spanning over three decades. From working side by side together on their board of directors to proudly housing Goodwill trailers at 10 of their stores helping to collect donations, Goodwill of Western New York does just that. Good-will. They have turned those donations into millions of dollars to support their mission and in the past five years alone Goodwill has served over 8,000 people and placed over 1,800 people into jobs.

From helping to provide training, and high quality vocational programs and support services for those with barriers or other disadvantages, to providing key services to those in need in our community, Tops couldn't think of a more deserving organization to receive the proceeds from the Tops Taste of Buffalo tent and prize wheel this year which amounted to $13,477.64.

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 169 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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