Meet One of Our Sponsors: Wegmans

By Kelly Sabetta

Wegmans, another sponsor who continues to support the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, will be in attendance throughout this year’s three-day event. Sharing similar core values as the Festival, Wegmans believes in making a difference, as well as making personal connections, with the community. We conducted an interview with Rob Emling, Merchandising Area Manager of Canandaigua, and here is what he had to say about being a part of this year’s Festival.

What inspires your company each day?

Providing the best incredible customer service, helping our customers and employees lead healthier better lives and giving our employees the tools to learn and grow.

What would you like others to know about your company that they may not know?

We have a strong commitment to the community and to helping make it stronger. We have participated in this event for a number of years, and also partner with other local businesses/agencies. We have and will continue to partner with the YMCA on helping their folks live healthier, better lives.

What made you want to be involved in this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival?

This event falls right in line with our core values. Specifically, sponsoring this event provides us with a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the Canandaigua community

What do you feel your company can bring to this year’s festival?

I know that we can educate the attendees on the items that we will be offering. These, like all of the products that we offer, are high-quality items at a great value.

What would you like attendees to learn about your company?

Over the 3 days, attendees will meet a sampling of our 580 employees. They will see many of our values in action (caring, respect, and high standards). These values are exhibited by each of our employees daily.

Why do you feel it is important to support an event such as this?

As I said above, one of Wegmans’ core values is making a difference in our community. A big part of making a difference is more than making a monetary donation; it’s going out and making a connection with the community. We know that we will get the opportunity to connect with a number of folks during this event.

How do you feel the festival will benefit the community?

The amount of traffic that this event will bring in will make a significant economic impact to this community. It will help the Canandaigua BID continue to support many of the businesses and shops in the community.

For attendees, what do you hope they will experience while at the festival?

From us specifically, I hope that they will have fun and learn about a number of the products that we are proud to offer our customers everyday.

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