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  • published Accomplishments in About us 2017-11-07 08:41:16 -0500


    Believe in Syracuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to promote positive perceptions and improve the quality of life in the Greater Syracuse Area. Below are just a few of our community accomplishments. We convert local pride into local progress. Join us in making Syracuse an even better place to call home!


    Events - Timeline


    2017 - October - Feminine Hygiene Drive Benefiting Hope Print, Samaritan Center, CanTeen of Central New York and Vera House

    2017 - August - Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Festival Rosamond Gifford Zoo

    2017 - July - Distributed 1,000 books at Summer Learning Day with the CNY Literacy Coalition

    2017 - June & July 5: Summer Youth Literacy Book Drive (K-5) - collected over 2,500 books

    2017 - January - Believe in Syracuse's 4th Birthday - 1,200 attendees, 80 vendors, celebrated the Arts and our Believe in Syracuse Awards


    2016 - December - Come Home to Syracuse - in partnership with 40 Below and a dozen hiring employers!

    2016 - October - ORANGE, Red & Yellow Creekwalk Stroll & Social - Cafe Kubal Creekwalk Commons

    2016 - September Community Organizing Training - South Side Innovation Center

    2016 - August Syracuse Neighborhood Olympics - Cummings Field Eastwood

    2016 - July Believe in Syracuse Progress Gala - SOLD OUT Historic Hotel Syracuse

    2016 - June Reading is Fun Block Party Homer Wheaton Park

    2016 - January Believe in Syracuse's 3rd Birthday Party Landmark Theatre - 600 Attendees, 30 vendors


    2015 - September Believe in Syracuse's Office Grand Opening South Side Innovation Center

    2015 - July Believe In Syracuse Presents: Clean Lake Party in the Park Willow Bay @ Onondaga Lake Park

    2015 - July Syracuse Rising: Downtown Syracuse Maxwells

    2015 - May Syracuse Latin School Courtyard Cleanup The Syracuse Latin School

    2015 - March Light up Syracuse Downtown Syracuse

    2015 - February Believe in Syracuse Committee Launch Event! Soule Branch Library

    2015 - January Believe in Syracuse's 2nd Birthday Party! SKY Armory


    2014 - November - Help Needy Syracuse Kids Get New Books - The Oncenter

    2014 - November - Syracuse Rising: Westside - The Pale and Bucket Pub

    2014 - September - Syracuse Rising: Westcott Street - Beer Belly Deli & Pub

    2014 - July - Believe in Syracuse Northside Neighborhood Night - Change of Pace

    2014 - June - Syracuse Rising: What's Next? - Black Olive

    2014 - May - Strathmore & South Side Neighborhood Night - Swallows Tavern

    2014 - April - Day of Action: Clean up 'Cuse - Samaritan Center

    2014 - February - Eastwood Neighborhood Night: Believe in Syracuse - Chadwicks

    2014 - January - Believe in Syracuse's First Birthday Party - Small Plates, Armory Square


    2013 - November Serving Breakfast to the Homeless and Hungry at the Samaritan Center

    2013 - July Believe in Syracuse Networking Social at Beer Belly Deli - helped keep their business from going under

    2013 - July Believe in Syracuse Volunteers feeding the homeless and hungry at The Samaritan Center

    2013 - July Park Clean-Up and post clean up trip to the Irish Festival on Tipp Hill! Pass Arboretum

    2013 - June Our First General Interest Meeting - Soule Branch Library

    2013 - May - Believe in Syracuse's Kick-Off Social! Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge - 60+ attended our first event!

    2013 - January - Believe in Syracuse was founded. We started our Social Media promotion of Greater Syracuse.

    Excited about Believe in Syracuse's accomplishments? Get involved! 


    Since our founding in January 2013:

    • 230 dues paying members, 10 corporate sponsors (BlueRock Energy, AP Professionals, etc.)

    • Appeared on TV more than 60 times, appeared in dozens of local newspaper articles, was covered by the New York Times, Reuters, helping generate media buzz for Syracuse.

    • Largest Event to Date: 4th Birthday Party, with over 1200 attendees


  • published 5th Birthday Party in Events 2017-10-05 11:47:02 -0400

    Believe in Syracuse's 5th Birthday Party


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    Believe in Syracuse's Birthday Party is the premier annual celebration of all things Syracuse and the birthday of our organization. It’s a taste of all the best local food and beverages, and it’s a fundraiser that helps us advance our mission to do good in the community. Join us Friday, January 26th at 5:30 pm at the Landmark Theatre!

    -- Celebrate Syracuse!

    -- Try New Local Food and Beverages!

    -- Free Birthday Cake!

    -- Amazing Atmosphere at the Landmark Theatre!

    Tickets are $10 each. 100% of the proceeds from our ticket sales will be used for our Community Service Initiatives. Click here for more info:

    Based on last year, we're expecting 1,200 people and 70 vendors. We expect to sell out of tickets and vendor space so act now!

    Buy your ticket today:
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    Special Thank you to the Landmark Theatre and event Platinum Sponsor AP Professionals of Syracuse!


    History: Believe in Syracuse was founded in January of 2013 to fight the cynicism and negative attitude about Syracuse. Our first Birthday Party in January 2014 was at Small Plates in Armory Square and 150 attended. Our 2nd Birthday Party was held at Sky Armory and 250 people attended. 

    Our 3rd Birthday Party was held at the Landmark Theatre and over 600 people attended. The event featured 30 vendors. The Believe in Syracuse awards were presented to Chris Fowler of Syracuse First and to the Samaritan Center.

    Our 4th Birthday Party was held at the MOST and over 1,200 people and 80 vendors participated. The Believe in Syracuse awards were presented to Carrie Lazarus and Symphoria.

    Celebrate Syracuse with us together at our 5th. Enjoy local food and beverages and be part of something big.

    Get Tickets   Become a Vendor    Become a Sponsor

    Thank you to Event Platinum Sponsor AP Professionals, a professional staffing firm.




    January 26, 2018 at 5:30pm
    Landmark Theatre
    362 S Salina St
    Syracuse, NY 13202
    United States
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  • wants to volunteer 2017-09-07 09:35:41 -0400
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  • published Social Media Sponsorship in Donate 2017-06-27 14:20:06 -0400
  • published Sponsor Payment in Sponsor 2017-06-27 14:05:27 -0400
  • Be the change! Join us at our General Interest Meeting.

    What: Spring 2017 Believe in Syracuse General Interest Meeting
    Who: Believe in Syracuse Board Members, Committee Chairs, Community Members, Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers and YOU!!
    When: Wednesday, May 24th
    Where: South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S Salina St, Next to Dunk & Bright

    Believe in Syracuse has big plans to make an impact in the community!
    Our Board, Staff and committees want YOU to join us on May 24th to learn more, connect with some positive people and work together with us to promote our community.
    We are planning a Public Art Campaign & Mural, installing a little free library on the Near Northside, helping promote summer literacy for city kids and planning the Greater Syracuse Arts & Culture Fest which will spotlight the incredible diversity and culturally unique food Syracuse has to offer. Come learn more, interact with us, meet like-minded people and work with us to make Syracuse a more positive place. 
    Click here and then RSVP!