Larry Contos honored as first Legacy of Hope recipient
United Way of Madison County presented its first Legacy of Hope Award to honor the late Larry Contos during the March 5 annual meeting. Daughters Meredith Contos-Brooks and Courtney Contos, along with their children, accepted the award presented by Nancy Vaughan and former campaign chairs Tom and Bobbette Snyder.
Since Larry’s father Bud Contos opened his first grocery in 1947, the Contos family and Pay Less Super Markets have been integral to the Madison County economy. Pay Less was a leading employee campaign and corporate contributor to United Way when under the family helm. Larry and his wife Louann, and the family-owned Pay Less Super Markets, were also at the forefront of supporting charitable causes in our community for decades.
During the 2001 campaign The H.J. “Bud” and Eloise Contos Family and Friends Challenge Grant matched $75,000 in new and increased Madison Way leadership gifts. The participants included members of two generations of the Contos family, a number of their business interests and several of their business partners. When asked to lead a match, Larry Contos, then the recently retired leader of Pay Less Super Markets, opted to focus on his family and business relationships rather than himself, saying “To provide a vehicle for contributing to the community in a lasting way is a great way to recognize the many rewarding years we have enjoyed in business here.”
Following the sale of the business to Kroger, Larry and Louann have continued to support United Way as leadership donors, giving more than $70,000 in personal gifts just over the past couple of decades. Larry passed away last September, but his legacy continues to lift up Madison County.
Larry Contos Courtney Contos and Meredith Contos Brooks
Bobbette and Tom Snyder
Page from United Way 2001 Newsletter