Sutton Real Estate Company is celebrating their 85th Anniversary with its Change for the Mission, a change drive to benefit the Rescue Mission’s expansion of the Clarence L. Jordan Food Service and Culinary Education Center. Sutton is holding this drive in memory of their founder Malcolm Sutton, who was profoundly concerned for those who were hungry in the greater Syracuse community and collected pennies to help the Rescue Mission feed anyone in need. The change drive will kick off on September 10th with an anniversary luncheon at Sutton’s office in Franklin Square. The drive will run through the end of 2018. Sutton’s goal is to raise a total of $8,500 and they will match up to $8,500.
The Rescue Mission Alliance is the only organization in the community serving three free meals daily and no one is turned away. The expansion of the Food Service and Culinary Education Center will allow more meals to be served in a home-like atmosphere. Currently, the center serves 700 meals a day, but only has the ability to seat 100 people at a time. People have to stand outside in the cold at times to wait for their meal. The new center will have a brand new state of the art kitchen, seating for 225 people, family designated dining room, an area where culinary education will be taught and storage for more food and more donations.
In 1933, Malcolm, a Russian Immigrant from Brooklyn came to Syracuse for work with the Loew Corporation. Shortly after, Malcolm started his own commercial real estate company, which was at the time a one man show.
Eighty-five years later, Sutton is the oldest full service commercial real estate company in the area with approximately 100 employees and offers property management, brokerage, development and temporary receivership services.
Malcolm Sutton was a business man through and through, but he was always concerned for others and because of this, Malcolm began collecting pennies. At first his pennies, were just pennies and then he started donating them to the Syracuse Rescue Mission and over the years, the pennies helped the Rescue Mission significantly. Malcolm’s son, Dan, who took over the company in the 1950’s, grew the company and also cared deeply about the local community. John Frantz took over the company after Dan and continued on a caring and giving spirit. The current president, Louis Fournier, also shares the same qualities of the past presidents and participates and donates to many organizations within the Syracuse community.
Following the lead of Malcolm Sutton, Sutton Real Estate Company cares about the Syracuse Community and how people will get their next meal. As a company, Sutton hopes that the business community in Syracuse will come together to help the Rescue Mission.
Companies Sutton partners with and clients of Sutton are joining in the change drive by placing a donation jug in their offices for staff and visitors to donate to this great cause. Sutton encourages other companies to join in the change drive by contacting Kristen Nave Fehlman with Sutton Real Estate Company at 315-424-1111.