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.
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 sponsored two “Humanitarian” awards at the 2013 American Red Cross in New Mexico Real Heroes event. The awards were presented to the Bonito Volunteer Fire Department and PNM Mutual Assistance Team for embracing the values and principles of the Red Cross and for courageously facing dangerous circumstances to help others in need. Thirty-four people from the Bonito Volunteer Fire Department were recognized for battling the Little Bear Fire near Ruidoso, New Mexico, an erratic blaze that consumed more than 40,000 acres and 254 homes and buildings. Forty-one members of the PNM Mutual Assistance Team received the award for working in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to give aid and restore power to over 50,000 homes in Maryland and New Jersey.
March of Dimes, an organization that helps expectantmothers and researches problems that threaten the health of babies, received a $5,000 sponsorship from Summit for it's March for Babies 2013 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sixth grade students from a class at Ortiz Middle School in Santa Fe, New Mexico learned about conserving energy thanks to donations from Summit and PNM and a Toyota TogetherGreen grant received by a local artist. Summit gave the class 130 compact fluorescent low energy light bulbs so students could install them at home to save energy. Take-home kits from PNM also taught students about electricity, the pros and cons of different energy sources, and why conserving energy is important. The lessons were combined with an art project conducted by artist and educator Nancy Judd, who worked with students to create one of her unique Recycle Runway garments made from waste materials generated from energy efficiency projects.
Summit gave $5,000 to support an innovative new technology that uses gravity to create light. The GravityLight has no batteries and can power a light for as long as 30-minutes with no running costs, simply by using a weight to store energy and emit light. The completely sustainable lighting solution was designed to replace the often dangerous and costly kerosene lanterns used in developing nations that lack reliable electricity. Villagers in Africa and India will be among the first to use the device, which stores energy in just a few seconds by lifting a 20-pound weight, then emits light during the weight's descent.
Summit donated $5,000 to the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund in support of the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center and research to improve the early detection of cancer. The fund was established by David Schroeder, owner of Schroeder Sales and long-standing manufacturer representive for Summit, and his family in memory of their son Scott, a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009.
Many organizations benefited from the help of Summit associates during the holiday season. Associates at the Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters supported the VA Hospital with a “Giving Tree,” donating new personal items and toiletries. They also conducted a food drive to benefit the Rio Grande Food Project as well as a drive to collect coats, blankets, and other warm items for local homeless shelter Joy Junction. El Paso, Texas service center associates participated in the “Keep Me Warm” coat drive, which benefited the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless. Associates at Summit's Farmington, New Mexico service center collected non-perishable food items and monetary donations for ECHO Food Bank.
Summit donated $27,140 to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts after a 10-day fundraising campaign that matched associate contributions to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The category 3 hurricane devastated the northeast coast of the U.S. on October 29, causing more than $60 billion of damage.
Summit's President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. and his wife Mary were named the 2012 King and Queen of Montezuma Ball for their contributions to and belief in the community. The coronation ceremony at Montezuma Ball is a tradition dating back to 1902. The event, which raises money for not-for-profit organizations, has given more than $2 million to numerous not-for-profit recipients since it was revived in 2000.
Summit associates participated in the annual Buddy Walk with their families and friends in support of the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event was one of more than 250 Buddy Walks held across the country, promoting acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome and raising funds to support affected families. Summit also contributed a corporate donation of $2,500.
Summit donated $8,500 to the American Red Cross in New Mexico, $100 for each of the 85 home runs scored by the Albuquerque Isotopes AAA baseball team during regular season. Summit has made the home run donation an annual tradition.
Summit donated wire and other electrical supplies to the Custom Builder Council and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Central New Mexico on behalf of Jessica's Project. Jessica Truesdale, now confined to a wheelchair, was permanently disabled during a lightning strike in 2009 that also killed her husband, Sgt. Jarrod Truesdale. Volunteers from the HBA made improvements to her home and the Custom Builder Council built a 1,000-square foot addition to provide more living space and handicapped accessible restrooms.
Responding to an ever-present need, associates at Summit's Albuquerque, New Mexico location contributed hundreds of small bags filled with men's and women's toiletries and t-shirts for homeless people, supporting New Mexico's largest homeless shelter, Joy Junction. Associates even joined the staff of Joy Junction in handing out the bags to homeless within the metro area.
Summit associates from the Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters, along with some of their family members, played at the annual MUDD Volleyball event in support of local children's hospital Carrie Tingley. Summit's team was one of 612 to participate, helping to raise over $580,000 for the hospital.
Summit’s Gonzales, Louisiana service center took an active role in supporting Sudden Impact, a local high school safety program. The program’s annual event drew 400 attendees and about 100 participants including actors, local police, and emergency workers who create and stage “accidents.” Summit provided electrical materials to ensure the event’s public address system and other components were protected in case of rain, and teamed with contractors to put together a weather-proof distribution center. The “accidents” were staged in front of St. Amant High School in St. Amant, Louisiana.
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 groundbreaking, week-long pilot study demonstrating the benefits of scuba diving for paraplegics and quadriplegics.
More than 100 riders fought through dangerous wind conditions to support the First Annual Scott Schroeder Memorial Bike Ride, a fundraiser for the University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Summit donated $5,000 to the Scott Schroeder Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center – a fund established by the Schroeder family in memory of their son Scott, a local businessman and avid cyclist who passed away from lung cancer in 2009. Schroeder Sales, founded by Scott’s father David, has long been a manufacturer representative for Summit. In honor of what would have been Scott’s 45th birthday, the memorial ride raised more than $60,000 in support of research to improve the early detection of cancer.
Gorham Scout Ranch near Chimayo, New Mexico provides programs for more than 10,000 youth and 5,000 adult volunteers in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. Summit provided $1,000 in materials to help upgrade electrical service at the ranch's facilities during a major capital improvement project.