For the 21st year, the Wladis Law Firm and Wladis Companies, Inc. will donate more than 10,000 free hats and gloves to Syracuse City School District students. The Wladis Hat & Glove Giveaway was first started by the late George Wladis at Seymour Elementary in 1997 and has gradually expanded, now providing each Pre-K through eighth grade student with a hat and a pair of gloves each year. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, December 7th.
The event is possible thanks to the generous support of many businesses in the greater Syracuse community, including: AAA Western and Central NY; American Food & Vending; Anheuser-Busch Companies; Barton and Loguidice, DPC; Bronstein Container Co., Inc.; Covanta Energy Corporation; Dannible & McKee, LLC; Dermody, Burke & Brown; Endodontic Associates, P.C.; Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield; Felasco & Cuomo, PLLC; Fitch Title Agency, Inc.; Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc.; HP Mile, Inc.; Hueber-Breuer Construction; IBEW Local Union 43; Josall Syracuse, Inc.; Kathleen A. Rapasadi, LLC; Koester Associates; Laborers Local 633; Mangano Law Office, PLLC; MONEY Federal Credit Union; Northland Communications; Northwestern Mutual Financial; NY Spine & Wellness; Parsons & Associates, Inc.; Pathfinder Bank; Postler & Jaeckle Corp.; Syracuse Glass Company; The Bonadio Group; The Rotary Club of DeWitt, Inc.; Tompkins Trust Company; United Association Plumbers & Steamfitters; Upstate Interactive; Valeriano, McKenney & Herlander Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Wladis Companies; Wladis Law Firm, P.C.; and Zausmer, Frisch, Scruton & Aggarwal.
The event is also made possible thanks to contributions from community members including: Mike Chapman, Mark & Mara Charlamb, Eric & Shri Deshaies, Thomas Fiscoe, CPA, William Fuegel, Stephen & Julianne Gorczynski, Matt & Mary Anne Huber, Robert Linn, Dom & Julianne Mancini, Nancy Overend, Joe & Mary Beth Pedrotti, Gary & Donna Smith, Sydney Tenenbaum and Chris M. Whyland, Esq.
On Thursday, December 7th, hats and gloves will be distributed to students throughout the Syracuse City School District. The Wladis family, Superintendent Alicea, Mayor Miner and others will personally distribute hats and gloves to students at McKinley-Brighton Elementary (141 W. Newell Street) on Thursday, December 7th at 9:30 am.