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The Upstate Foundation finds support for children’s hospital in the Southern Tier

Through its longtime partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), the Upstate Foundation is extending its fundraising efforts for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital into the eastern portion of New York’s Southern Tier.

The move reflects the number of children seeking care at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital from this area, especially Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga counties. On an annual basis, thousands of children visit the hospital or its clinics and emergency room from these counties.

For much of the Southern Tier, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is the closest children’s hospital.

“Support for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is important and meaningful,” said Toni Gary of the Upstate Foundation. “Retail campaigns can highlight a business or corporate culture that supports children in the area. Retail campaigns often make a personal connection as there are patrons as well as employees who may need hospital care for their children one day and many who are already familiar with care here at Upstate.”

The support from CMNH retailers is significant for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Business, such as Walmart, Speedway, Rite Aid, Love’s, RE/MAX, Ace Hardware are already signed on for fundraising campaigns.

Gary said the money raised through retail campaigns goes to support amenities for patients and families that make the hospital stay more comfortable.

Retailers from the Southern Tier aren’t the only ones offering their support for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Earlier this year, students from Binghamton University in Broome County held a dance marathon to raise money for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sponsors such as Visions Federal Credit Union, Burger King restaurants and Boscov’s department store are already on board helping children and families at Upstate.

“We are so very thankful to all the  organizations and many grateful families who support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Gary said. “The support we receive changes lives every day.”

Theresa Blank, new development officer working out of the Upstate Foundation’s satellite office, will assist various partners and donors in the Southern Tier with opportunities to support Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a North American non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research, and community awareness of children’s health issues.

The Upstate Foundation had a presence at the recent Spiedie Fest, held this month in Binghamton, N.Y.

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