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In homestretch, Community Giving Campaign seeks additional pledges

Upstate Medical University’s Community Giving Campaign (CGC) has received 837 pledges, totaling $340,697, according to a Nov. 8 campaign report.

“I want to thank those who have supported our campaign through gift and through volunteer efforts,” said Zanette Howe, campaign director and director for Community Relations and Events at Upstate. “There is still time to contribute for those who are yet considering a gift as the campaign officially ends Dec. 1. Together our donations touch many lives in our community.”

Howe says that each campaign contributor receives an ‘I’m In’ sticker that they can affix to their employee ID badge. “The sticker serves as a thank you for participating in an effort to make a positive impact on the lives of others,” said Howe. “In addition, we’re asking those with their I’m In sticker to take a selfie and to post it on their personal Instagram or Facebook page with #TeamUpstate.”

Co-chairing the 2017 campaign are Nancy Page, MS RN, chief nursing officer, and David Amberg, PhD, vice president for research. They have been raising awareness of the campaign through presentations across campus.

Managing leadership gifts of $1,000 or more through the Hamilton White Campaign is Linda J. Veit, assistant vice president for Community Relations and Margaret Bourke, who supports efforts across campus in academic and university affairs.

This year’s campaign offered many incentives to contribute, including an ePledge incentive that featured daily $100 winners, and the Step-up Challenge where individuals must give a first-time gift of $52, or increase their gift by $1 per week ($52 per year). Individuals who contribute through the Step-up Challenge are entered in a raffle to win one of four grand prizes as well weekly prizes throughout the year.

Since 2010, Upstate has raised more than $3.5 million through its Community Giving campaigns. 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.

For more information, contact Howe, 315-464-4836, howez@upstate.edu or Linda Veit, 315-464-6303, veitl@upstate.edu or visit Community Giving Campaign.

Caption: 2017 Community Giving Campaign Co-chairs David Amberg, PhD, and Nancy Page, MS RN, give a “thumbs up” in a selfie following one of their Campaign presentations.

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