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Community Giving Campaign raises more than $560,958 to support local agencies

The Upstate Medical University community came together to say “I’m In” when it raised $560,958 for this year’s Community Giving Campaign (CGC). Campaign contributions support United Way of CNY/SEFA agencies and many Upstate initiatives that are administered by Upstate Foundation.

“Our campaign demonstrates how Upstate’s ‘One University’ philosophy can make a difference in the lives of others,” said CGC Director Zanette Howe, director for Community Relations and Events. ’“On behalf of our co-chairs and campaign committee, we thank the employees and retirees who donated to the campaign and our more than 200 department representatives for their commitment to the community. Together, our contributions will make a difference in helping the community build towards a better, more prosperous quality of life for all residents.”

This year, 74 percent of Upstate’s contributors supported the campaign through ePledge, a program that allows employees to donate online. As an added incentive, all contributors were eligible to participate in a daily United Way of CNY drawing, an incentive that is continuing throughout the year.

Serving as 2017 Campaign Co-chairs were David Amberg, PhD, vice president for research, and Nancy Page, MS, RN, chief nursing officer, who raised awareness of the campaign through presentations across campus. Managing leadership gifts of $1,000 or more through the Hamilton White Campaign were Linda J. Veit, assistant vice president for Community Relations and Margy Bourke, administrative assistant for Community Relations. Rebecca Pesci, community events assistant, also supported the campaign.

Since 2010, and including this year’s final tally, Upstate has raised more than $4 million through its Community Giving campaigns. Throughout the years, Upstate has been recognized for its leadership by the Untied Way through the Spirit of Caring Award for Volunteer Services, the Leadership Service Award and for Campaign Excellence.

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