After-school programs are just one of the many valuable services provided by Huntington Family Centers, the beneficiary of the 2017 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse.

Huntington Family Centers has been named the beneficiary of the 35th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at Syracuse’s Onondaga Lake Park.

The near-record Syracuse crowd of 8,244 runners and walkers from 307 companies will be running for a non-for-profit organization founded in 1919 that provides diverse, year-round programming in Youth, Family and Adult Services to help individuals develop and grow to their fullest potential.

“We are thrilled that Huntington Family Centers will be the 2017 charity beneficiary of the Syracuse edition of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge,” Huntington Family Centers Executive Director Mary Lou Sayles said. “The donation from J.P. Morgan is critical to the center to support our mission-driven services for children, families and seniors in the near west side of the City of Syracuse.”

Huntington Family Centers will ear-mark the donation for the following programs:

  • Full-day summer camp opportunities to more than 65 youth and Pre-K children, free of charge to their families.
  • Senior citizens’ weekday socialization and educational opportunities with transportation and two meals.
  • Assistance to individuals and families struggling to meet basic needs with access to a food pantry and a children’s free clothing exchange room.


“We’re so grateful for our partnership with JPMorgan Chase and the Syracuse community,” Sayles said.

J.P. Morgan annually celebrates its Corporate Challenge in Syracuse through donations to not-for-profits.  Vera House was the beneficiary in 2016, Honor Flight Syracuse in 2015, and the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection in 2014.

The 35th J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse will begin at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6.  The total attendance of 8,244 is the second-best in event history, trailing only the 8,564 that entered in 2014.