Commitment to Our Community
People in Western New York understand what it means to be locally owned and operated -- we are committed to the people and the communities where we live and work. The Messner team represents virtually every community in and around Rochester! And we are invested, right here.
We provide financial and in-kind support for many community efforts. Both at the corporate level and as individuals, our commitment to the community is usually private, but always there.
Rochester offers a vibrant cultural life and we are loyal supporters of Geva Theater and their programming, which never fails to challenge, entertain, and inspire.
Alternatives for Battered Women
Team Messner was proud to lead a community effort to makeover the Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW) shelter for victims of domestic violence. With local designer Dani Polidor of Suite Artistry and over two-dozen friends and business associates, Messner turned a $2000 prize from the International Design Guild’s “Design for a Difference” contest into $20,000 for the makeover of the shelter’s common areas.
Dani Polidor entered the competition and won a $2000 regional prize for her design to make over the shelter’s family lounge. Peter and Greg Messner walked through the shelter to see the space, and knew immediately that they were not going to stop at one room. The Messners led the shelter renovation with a commitment to install 4500 sf of new flooring. They and Dani recruited donors of goods, services, and monetary support to upgrade nearly all the common areas of the shelter with flooring, furniture, AV, art, and window treatments.
ABW CEO Jaime Saunders reflected on the project. “I went to the shelter floor and slowly walked the halls taking it all in….amazing.” Saunders recalled, “people were on the new furniture watching TV and quietly reading. The space is so much more professional and calming. It is nothing short of transformative.”