Summit donates to a wide range of worthy causes and organizations that touch nearly every aspect of community life. But we publicize only those activities that demonstrate leadership in the hopes of inspiring others to also lead through generosity. Our community involvement reflects the personal philosophy of President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr.
We provide products and/or financial support to:
- Youth/educational groups such as Junior Achievement of New Mexico, Hope Christian School and Boy Scouts;
- Cultural organizations like the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation;
- National and local chapters of relief organizations like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army;
- Health organizations such as American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Summit also supports many faith-based groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Albuquerque Rescue Mission, All Faiths Receiving Home, Joy Junction, and El Rancho de los Ninos.
Below are a few examples of Summit's community involvement, which has found its expression in many ways.
Summit Sponsors Good Samaritan Hero
May 2012 / Photo / Cody Unser First Step Foundation
Summit sponsored the American Red Cross in New Mexico Real Heroes Awards and presented the 2012 Adult Good Samaritan Award to Cody Unser, daughter of race car legend Al Unser Jr., for her work with disabled military veterans.
Unser, who was diagnosed at age 12 with an autoimmune disease that left her paralyzed from the chest down, established the Cody Unser First Step Foundation in 2000. Through a partnership with several other organizations, she raised $75,000 to conduct a week-long pilot study demonstrating the benefits of scuba diving for paraplegics and quadriplegics. The study showed groundbreaking results.
The American Red Cross in New Mexico Real Heroes Awards recognizes outstanding New Mexicans whose selfless and heroic actions reflect the spirit and ideals of the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross.
Summit Donates to First Annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride
March 2012 / Photo
More than 100 riders fought through dangerous wind conditions to support the First Annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride on March 18, a fundraiser for the University of New Mexico Cancer Center’s Foundation.
Summit proudly donated $5,000 to the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center – a fund established by the Schroeder family in support of research to improve the early detection of cancer.
In honor of what would have been Scott’s 45th birthday, the 45-mile memorial ride (with 20- and 30-mile options) raised more than $45,000.
Scott was a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009. While undergoing treatment, he resolved to give back to the UNM Cancer Center where he was treated. His sister Carrie Stansbery and her family, with parents David and Charlene Schroeder, pledged to carry out Scott’s resolution and help those facing cancer diagnoses.
“Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s been gone for three years, but it’s so important that we continue his fight against cancer,” said his sister Carrie Stansbery in a release from the UNM Cancer Center. “The best way we can do this—as Scott taught us—is to help others in their fight.”
Schroeder Sales, founded by Scott’s father David Schroeder, has long been a manufacturer representative for Summit. David said of his son, “Scott said, ‘You are always strong enough for one more pedal stroke.’ I think he meant this as a life lesson.”
Gorham Scout Ranch Receives Materials
Gorham Scout Ranch provides programs for more than 10,000 youth and 5,000 adult volunteers in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. When the ranch requested support to upgrade its electrical service during a major capital improvement of its facilities, Summit provided a $1,000 credit for the specific electrical materials needed.
Lighthouse Charity Team Receives Donation for Fire Efforts
October 2011 / Press Release
As wild fires ravaged southeast Texas in September, a powerful but little-known relief organization aided first responders. The Lighthouse Charity Team, a 100% volunteer group established in 1984, provides services to other nonprofits.
Emergency meal preparation during disasters is one of the group's specialties. During the recent wildfires, Lighthouse Charity Team volunteers coordinated delivery of food and prepared three meals a day for thousands of people over the weekend when the fires raged.
Summit account manager Ross McClintock, a volunteer and electrical supplier to the group for 12 years, brought the relief efforts to the attention of President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. He authorized a $7,500 donation to the group.
American Red Cross Receives $11,100 for Home Runs
September 2011 / Photo / Press Release
The American Red Cross in New Mexico received $11,100 from Summit, $100 for every home run hit by the Isotopes, Albuquerque's AAA baseball team, during the regular season. The home run donation has become an annual tradition for the company. Summit supports the American Red Cross both locally and nationally.
Habitat for Humanity Recognizes Summit Electric Supply
August 2011 / Photo / Press Release
Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity, celebrating 25 years of service this year, recognized Summit Electric Supply’s support for its 156th home building project.
Summit has donated materials to almost all of the organization’s Albuquerque projects during the past 25 years, as well as projects in Valencia County and Santa Fe.
Summit Electric Supply Lead Sponsor of Montezuma Ball 2011
August 2011 / Press Release
For the first time, Summit will be lead sponsor of the Montezuma Ball, one of Albuquerque’s premier fundraising events for nonprofits. Main beneficiaries of the event will be the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund and the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. The theme of the event is “Made in New Mexico.”
“New Mexico remains our home, and we are proud to sponsor the Montezuma Ball this year to support the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance and the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund,” said Victor R. Jury Jr., president and CEO. “The ball is an excellent venue for businesses to support nonprofits that are having an impact in the community.”
The Loan Fund provides loans and assistance to improve the economic and social conditions of New Mexicans. AIBA champions the economic success of local, independently owned businesses and increases public awareness of the many benefits of buying from local businesses.
The Montezuma Ball has raised more than $1.5 million for local charitable organizations since it was revived in 1990 by Jim Long, owner of Heritage Hotels and Resorts. The 2011 Ball will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.
Summit Pledges $50,000 for Japan Relief Efforts
March 21, 2011 / Photo / Press Release
Summit's President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. announced a commitment of $50,000 to the American Red Cross for Japan relief efforts, including a $25,000 cash contribution and $25,000 company match for associates' donations. "As the scope and scale of the tragic effects of the recent earthquake in Japan are revealed, it is impossible to watch from the sidelines and do nothing," Jury said.
Summit Supports Joy Junction with Coat Distribution Effort
January 21, 2011 / Photo / Press Release
Summit's support of the state's largest homeless shelter took a new dimension with the donation and distribution of four dozen coats for men and women across Albuquerque. Summit associates followed Joy Junction's Lifeline of Hope food truck to motels, parks, and street corners where the homeless and others in need gather.
Summit Supports Crossroads for Women
December 2010 / Photo
This holiday season, Summit associates "adopted" two women and their families from Crossroads for Women, a domestic violence shelter in Albuquerque the offers life skills programs and job coaching.
Joy Junction Names Summit a Community Hero
Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest homeless shelter, recognized Summit with its "Community Hero" award on October 8 for donating the Lifeline of Hope food service vehicle. After being in operation for one year, the vehicle enabled Joy Junction to distribute twice as many meals to the homeless than before, since the nonprofit was no longer limited to serving only those who could get to the shelter.
Red Cross Receives $9,900 Home Run Donation
September 2010 / Photo / Press Release
In keeping with its end-of-baseball-season tradition, Summit donated $9,900 to the American Red Cross of New Mexico, $100 for each home run made by the Isotopes, Albuquerque's AAA team.
Youth Hero Sponsored by Summit
May 13, 2010 / Photo
American Red Cross "Youth Hero" Rachel Kindell was sponsored by Summit. The Youth Hero category of the annual “Real Heroes” award ceremony is for outstanding individuals aged 21 and under who have displayed courage and caring in reacting to an unusual, significant or unexpected incident. Rachel put herself through high school while being homeless and living in a car. She started an Al-anon chapter and counseling group at West Mesa High School for other teens and graduated in May 2009. She received a scholarship to attend college completing her first semester in December.
Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts Receive $42,520
March 2010 / Photo / Press Release
Summit and its associates donated $42,520 to Haiti earthquake relief efforts of the Salvation Army and Compassion International after the island was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12. President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. promised the company would match associate contributions, which came to $21,260.
Summit Wins National Community Service Award
March 5, 2010 / Press Release
Summit won the nationally recognized Communitas Award in the category of Leadership in Community Service. “Our judges found that Summit Electric Supply clearly exhibits the spirit of communitas, a Latin word that means people coming together for the good of a community,” wrote Director Ed Dalheim. Judges reviewed Summit’s philosophy of giving along with summaries of selected service projects among the 43 community and nonprofit organizations and causes the company supported in 2009.
Quality New Mexico Interviews Jury
2010 / Photo
Julia Gabaldon, executive director of Quality New Mexico, the state's leading business quality improvement organization, interviewed Summit's President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. on her radio program to discuss the company's quality initiatives.
National Nonprofit—Homes for Our Troops—Receives Materials
The national nonprofit Homes for Our Troops received electrical materials from Summit for two homes for disabled Iraq war veterans in Texas. The homes are built to ADA specifications and donated to veterans at no cost.