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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Good deeds, by good people, are vital to a good business. That's the philosophy that garnered recognition for Summit Electric Supply, selected by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce as a corporate citizenship award winner.
Summit won the "Corporate Citizenship Community Star" award in the large-business category.
On accepting the award, Vice President Sheila Hernandez said:
"Throughout its 30-year history, Summit has been a strong supporter of many types of charitable efforts, mostly in Albuquerque. So the importance of corporate citizenship is deeply engrained in our corporate culture."
Last year alone, Summit donated products and funding to a wide range of worthy causes and organizations that touch nearly every aspect of community life, such as:
" Youth organizations like Junior Achievement of New Mexico and Boy Scouts; " Cultural organizations like the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation; " Local chapters of national relief organizations American Red Cross and Salvation Army; " Health organizations American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Summit also supports many faith-based groups in New Mexico, including Habitat for Humanity, Albuquerque Rescue Mission, All Faiths Receiving Home, Joy Junction and an orphanage called El Rancho de los Ninos.
Summit operates in 20 markets across five states. In January, commitment to community service was officially added to the corporate mission statement and President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. announced that every Summit location was to begin actively looking for ways to become involved with charities and other community-focused activities.
"We want to go beyond checkbook philanthropy," Jury said.
He set the example just two weeks after the announcement when he and a senior vice president contributed several hours of work on a Habitat for Humanity house in Phoenix, one of the company's major markets.