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Representatives from The Summit Federal Credit Union ($1.2 billion, Rochester, N.Y.) and Tops Friendly Markets, Taste of Syracuse sponsors, gather on Aug. 2 in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., to present a check for $11,936.25 each to the two Taste of Syracuse festival beneficiaries: PEACE Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Onondaga County and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste of Syracuse, Central New York’s biggest food and music festival, welcomed an estimated 200,000 people over two days this past June. Produced by Galaxy Events, the festival featured hundreds of eateries and food trucks and non-stop music. Pictured from left to right are Twanda Christensen, vice president of marketing and community engagement for The Summit; John Bruzdzinski with PEACE Inc. Big Brothers Big Sisters; Kathleen Allen, senior manager of community relations for TOPS Friendly Markets; Carrie Wojtaszek, COO of Galaxy Events; Christin Vincent, Syracuse regional director for The Summit; Carolyn Brown, executive director of PEACE Inc.; Jeff Pitt with Sleep in Heavenly Peace; and Chanel Mallory, Erie Blvd Branch manager for The Summit.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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