This year’s Summit Hope Awards honor three of our most dedicated and enthusiastic supporters. These honorees exemplify Summit’s core values of collaboration, integrity, and respect. They have demonstrated a long-term commitment to our organization and to children and adults with autism and related development, social, and behavioral challenges.
Tops Markets has supported The Summit Center since 1999, making them one of our longest and most committed corporate partners. Tops is a major supporter of Summit’s events through significant in-kind sponsorship including food and products for our annual Autism Walk and the Party for Summit event each year. They have also contributed grants for the Summer Treatment Program and our S.T.E.P.S. Program. Tops is a champion of our organization and their dedication through long-term corporate support has made a valuable and worthwhile impact on the individuals we serve and their families. We extend our sincere gratitude to Tops Markets for their support of Summit year after year.
The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation seeks to improve the lives of children and adolescents by supporting programs and services for those affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse, and by enhancing early childhood and primary education. The Tower Foundation has partnered with The Summit Center since 2005, awarding more than $1.5 million in grant money to support program and equipment needs, as well as organizational and strategic goals. The Tower Foundation not only provides financial support, but is always ready to lend advice and expertise in programming. They believe strongly in our mission and are invested in our success, the true definition of a community partner.
Thomas & Mary Rosenecker & Family, have been involved with Summit since their youngest daughter, Claudia, began as a student at Summit Academy in 2007, which is when Claudia’s Clan began their support of the annual Autism Walk. Often bringing 75 to 100 team members to the Walk, Claudia’s Clan has personally raised more than $150,000 for the event. As Vice President of The Summit Center Foundation Board and Chairman of the Walk, Tom leads the planning process by recruiting record-breaking teams of volunteers and supporters to make the Walk a huge success year after year, and has raised more than $2.4 million in support of children and adults with autism and related challenges. We are so grateful to The Rosenecker Family and their leadership, support, and commitment to The Summit Center.