LAKEWOOD - Many think of Chautauqua Mall as just a place to shop, but there is much more to the shopping center than meets the eye.
"Chautauqua Mall teams up with local non-profit organizations year after year to help raise funds for many different causes. This year has been invigorating as St. Susan Center Soup Kitchen was one of the many we teamed up with," Cynde Breneman, Chautauqua Mall's director of marketing and business development said.
In 2011, St. Susan Center served over 95,000 meals. The need has increased year to year and without the support of the community it could not keep its doors open for those in need.
Chautauqua Mall is a proud supporter of the community and bringing in St. Susan Center for the holiday season encouraged more individuals to give.
Sears inside Chautauqua Mall "piggy backed" with a fundraiser and was able to help raise over $800 for the St. Susan Center.
Store Manager, Kathi Starkweather said she found out about the Chautauqua Mall fundraiser and wanted to get involved.
"It's such a great feeling when you give and it trickles through many and more help is given. Our community is very fortunate to have the motivated individuals we have. Together we all make a difference," Breneman added.
If you would like to get your organization involved in the Chautauqua Mall, call (716)763-9355 and speak with Breneman.
St. Susan Center
Located at the Gateway Center, 31 Water St., Suite 130, Jamestown, St. Susan Center hosts meetings and events, annual dinners, monthly meetings, special parties, holiday gatherings and more. Every time it opens its doors, it is to build community and increase the understanding and support of its mission to feed the hungry. St. Susan's Center's gift has nurtured the community for 27 years in countless ways. It shared with the community an indelible lesson in love and the community shares that gift by offering, through its mission statement, "In response to the gospel we freely offer meals, fellowship, dignity and respect to all who come through our doors."
Chautauqua Mall is located at 318 E. Fairmount Ave. (Route 394), Lakewood, and is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chautauqua Mall is anchored by The Bon*Ton, JCPenney, and Sears and has over 40 specialty stores. Additional Simon Property Group information is available at www.simon.com.