A Dedicated Fundraising Coordinator & JA Alum

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Western New York

COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT: Sharrell Billups, Tops Friendly Markets

Sharrell Billups, Executive Assistant to President, Tops Friendly Markets, is a JA of WNY Superhero, serving as the sole company coordinator of the Top Fundraising Company of the JA Bowl-A-Thon for the past two years. In 2016, Sharrell lead over 230 associates from 47 teams, raising $25,676 to become our Top Fundraising Company! In a recent interview, Sharrell graciously shared her JA experiences and what keeps her coming back as a coordinator each year.

JA: How and when did you start as coordinator JA Bowl-A-Thon teams for Tops Friendly Markets?

Sharrell: I actually inherited the role when I became an Executive Assistant, which is one of the highlights of my position. I started coordinating in 2015.

JA: What keeps you coming back each year as a JA Bowl-A-Thon coordinator?

Sharrell: Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of children and I do this in memory of my father who took me to Junior Achievement?s After-school Program when I was young.

JA: As a Junior Achievement Alumni, what is your favorite JA memory?

Sharrell: Learning different aspects of business and meeting other students from different schools.

JA: What does the JA Bowl-A-Thon mean to Tops Friendly Markets?

Sharrell: It means helping our future to succeed and help them to become the best at whatever they want to be.

JA: Tops Friendly Markets has been #1 in fundraising each year you have coordinated teams; what are some of your strategies for successful fundraising?

Sharrell: We have great Executives who support the ideas we come up with as well as participate in this Bowl-A-thon event. I really cannot say enough about the Tops Family in whole who fundraise, participate and support each year. With a combination like that you can't help but be successful.

JA: Tell us your favorite JA Bowl-A-Thon memories?

Sharrell: Working with the great staff of Junior Achievement and watching everyone have a great time bowling, even the kids!

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