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The Spirit of Giving Back

DFT Communications partners with Dunkirk, Fredonia for summer events


Philanthropy. And, technology.


These two words have shaped regional telecommunications company DFT Communications since its inception in 1898. Staying on the forefront of technology. All to provide the best services available, as well as giving back to the communities it partners with.


This year, DFT is continuing it’s tradition of strong community partnerships by sponsoring some of the major summer events in the Dunkirk and Fredonia areas.


“We sponsor these events to be a good community partner,” said Dan Siracuse, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at DFT. “We are loyal to those who are loyal to us. And so this is our way of giving back to both Dunkirk and Fredonia. Anyone in the community is able to participate in the events that they host. So it gives us an opportunity to partner with them. Above all it’s about community service.”


Supporting Festivals Fredonia


In Fredonia, DFT is an elite sponsor of the Festivals Fredonia organization. This organization presents the Fredonia Farm Festival, Fredonia History Days, Festival Italia, Red White and Blues Festival, Harvest Moon Cemetery Tours, and Miracle on Main Street. These events bring together some of the best things Fredonia has to offer and present them to residents and visitors who travel great distances to attend these growing festivals.


“Sponsorship whether monetary or with the support of promotional and advertising items is paramount and key to the success of the festivals,” said Larry Fiorella, President of Festivals Fredonia. “Without that support we’d have to rely on charging participation from participants, or not having the highest quality festivals, or maybe even having less festivals. It’s a huge impact on whether or not we can operate successfully.”


Community Partnerships with the City of Dunkirk


Next door in Dunkirk, DFT is a valued partner of the City. For instance, they provide numerous services to their growing infrastructure. In addition, DFT has maintained a role as a major sponsor of the Dunkirk summer events schedule. These events include Music on the Pier, the Beach Bash, and July 4th Fireworks. The second presentation of the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix is also included in the many events DFT Communications supports.


“Sponsorships from presenting sponsors such as DFT Communications have helped our events become what they are today,” said City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas.


Echoing the Mayor’s sentiments Dunkirk Festivals and Special Events coordinator Hector Rosas said, “We’ve been able to put out world class events like the air shows and the Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix, which was televised on CBS Sports and streamed live to 105 countries. Without sponsorships, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this.”


A History of Community Partnerships


DFT is a six-generation family-owned company. They have maintained a long history of community partnerships through financial support. That vision will continue into the future for years to come.


“In my 20 years here, we’ve done events like these and other things going on in communities,” said Siracuse. “But we’ve done that since DFT started. We’re very pro-philanthropy and that’s been our mission since day one. Arthur Maytum, Robert Maytum Sr., and all the way down the line were all great believers in that. So in the spirit of philanthropy we continue with the great work that they began.”


For more information on Festivals Fredonia, go to For more information on Dunkirk’s Summer on the Lake program and schedule, visit their Facebook page.


About DFT Communications


We’ve updated equipment, expanded services and added subscribers over the past 121 years. DFT Communications and Netsync offer residential and business Internet Services, Digital Phone Service,and Business Telephone Systems. Additionally they provide Security Systems, IT Management Services and Wireless Communications. DFT has proven itself as a premier service provider in Chautauqua County and throughout Western New York as well as parts of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about these services here.