News Release
 April 12, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577


WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is pleased to launch its 26th year of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Campaign. Since 1993 Tops has raised over $12 million dollars for the cause with Tops fund-raising efforts putting the company in the top 10 fund-raisers in the country for many years. This year Tops Annual Spring JDRF Sneaker Campaign will begin Sunday, April 14 and run through Saturday, May 4, 2019. The goal is to raise money to help fund research to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The paper sneaker, which was designed by a Tops associate back in 1993 and is now widely used nationally as well as internally in JDRF fundraising campaigns, will be sold at Tops registers for a $1.00 donation. “At Tops we believe in assisting our fellow neighbors in need,” said Frank Curci, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer for Tops Friendly Markets. “We are committed to supporting JDRF in their mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.”

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About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, at the core of our mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit

About JDRF JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF.


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