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Cortland Hosts “Stone Soup” Community Picnic

June 12, 2019

The Summit Federal Credit Union was honored to be part of Cortland’s community picnic earlier this month.


Coordinated by the Cortland Police Department’s Office of Community Policing, the family event had a theme of “Stone Soup,” a story about neighbors coming together, which perfectly underscored the event’s aim of uniting Cortland residents in kinship.


400 people sat together at long tables on Court Street to enjoy various types of soup, 100 gallons of which were donated by local restaurants. Several other local businesses and residents also contributed to the event, including The Summit, who sponsored the evening’s family movie. The Cortland Free Library read Marcia Brown’s Stone Soup and offered 100 free copies of the book. Stone painting and a “rock” band rounded out the evening.

Representatives from Market Seafood, The Summit and Friends of the Rochester Public Market at the Market Seafood stall.

Market Seafood Receives The Summit Vendor of the Month Award

June 4, 2019

Market Seafood LLC, owned by husband-and-wife team Zach and Jessica Feldman, is the recipient of 2019’s first Summit Vendor of the Month award at the City of Rochester Public Market. The award, presented by The Summit Federal Credit Union and the Friends of the Rochester Public Market, recognizes those vendors who provide the community with local, high-quality products and exemplary service.


Market Seafood sells products ranging from shrimp and scallops to a variety of fish. Items like clams casino and salmon burgers are also available.


Pictured left to right:


Steve Phillips and Jack Smith (Market Seafood), Jessica Feldman (owner, Market Seafood), Cynthia Kolko (The Summit), Leslie Knox (Friends of the Rochester Public Market).


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Rochester-Area Credit Unions Support Matchstick Prize

May 22, 2019

The Credit Union Collective (The Summit, Reliant and Pittsford Federal Credit Unions) is offering $5000 cash for the 2019 winner of the Matchstick Prize.


The prize, awarded by Causewave Community Partners and the Credit Union Collective, goes to a small nonprofit organization that makes positive change in the Rochester community. The prize also includes a $25,000 media grant from D&C Digital.


Nominations for the Matchstick Prize may be made by anyone at the link below. Nominations are due July 15th, 2019.


Matchstick Prize Information and Nomination Form



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The Summit Recognizes Two Local Students

May 17, 2019

The Summit recognized two young members at its annual meeting this month.


Madelyn George, a senior at Rush-Henrietta High School, will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall. She is the recipient of The Summit’s 2019 “Locally Grown, Locally Committed” College Scholarship. Benjamin Christensen, a senior at Irondequoit High School, will attend Yale University in the fall. He is one of thirty students statewide who received a New York Credit Union Association statewide scholarship.


Each scholarship was awarded for academics and community service.

Four Members of The Summit Awarded NYCUA Scholarships

May 14, 2019

Four college-bound high school seniors who are members of The Summit received scholarships from The Rochester Chapter of the New York Credit Union Association (NYCUA). They are among thirteen area students awarded the scholarships, pictured left to right: Maverick Coryell (Finger Lakes FCU, Midlakes), Matthew Capel (Genesee Valley FCU, Geneseo), Twanda Dixon (The Summit FCU, Rush-Henrietta), Benjamin Christensen (The Summit FCU, Irondequoit), Gavin Buehler (Reliant Community CU, Williamson), Ella Paris (Pittsford FCU, Our Lady of Mercy), Aditya Bhargava (Pittsford FCU, Victor), ), Allison Lefebre (ESL FCU, Greece Athena), James Clements (The Summit FCU, Irondequoit),Connor Lazzaro (Pittsford FCU, Webster Thomas) and Michael Thomas (Xceed FCU, Webster Schroeder).


Not Pictured: Raymond Feng (Pittsford FCU, Pittsford Sutherland) and Benjamin Sousa (The Summit FCU, Honeoye Falls-Lima).

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ROC the Taste Returns July 26-27, 2019

April 25, 2019

After a successful inaugural festival in 2018, The Summit Federal Credit Union ROC the Taste will return to Parcel 5 in downtown Rochester this summer.


The event will run from 11am to 11pm Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th. Admission is free and scores of local restaurants will be there to offer $1 tastes. Local bands will play non-stop music, with the Zac Brown Tribute Band as Saturday night’s headliner. Festival beneficiaries are Villa of Hope and Center for Youth.


Last year’s festival won raves from the community, who enjoyed sampling food from some of Rochester’s best restaurants while listening to local musicians from the stage.


A local craft beer garden and daytime youth talent showcase are among the new attractions at this year’s ROC the Taste.

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Taste of Syracuse Headliner and Beneficiaries Announced

April 3, 2019

The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, scheduled for June 7th and 8th in and around Clinton Square, was announced at The Summit’s Camillus branch last week. Representatives from The Summit, Tops Markets and Galaxy Media announced that Sugar Ray will be the Saturday Night headliner music act.


The weekend of the event has been named “A Tribute to Youth” in honor of event beneficiaries ARC of Onondaga and Elmcrest Children’s Center. Activities at The Summit’s tent and at the Tops tent will support the charities. The Summit will bring back its popular prize wheel; with $1 for each spin, event-goers can win cash, gift cards and more. All proceeds go directly to ARC and Elmcrest.


Pictured L to R: Christin Vincent (The Summit), Kathy Allen (Tops), Andrea Autry (Elmcrest), Ellen Gutmaker (ARC), Cheryl Pohlman (The Summit), Carrie Wojtaszek (Galaxy).

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The Summit Aims to Provide 100,000 Meals to WNY Food Bank

November 28, 2018

The generosity of The Summit’s members has resulted in approximately 84,000 meals donated to the Western New York Food Bank since 2009. Now, we are hoping to reach 100,000 meals by December 25th, 2018. To be a part of this effort, visit a Buffalo branch to purchase a “plate” for $1, $5, $10 or $20. Together, we can help people in our community access healthy food.

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