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As Community Giving Campaign reaches halfway mark, there’s still plenty of time to ‘be a superhero’

With about a month left to go in Upstate Medical University’s Community Giving Campaign more than 1,000 employees have contributed more than $348,000 to support local human service charities, as well as the Upstate Foundation and Medical Alumni funds.

This year, the campaign placed employees on giving teams with the challenge that each team compete for the highest employee participation rate.

The Wizards, the team named for individuals who work for the university’s Information Management and Technology group, currently sits in first place with a campaign participation rate of 30.6 percent.

“The team competition can be fun, but what’s really important is the way all of Upstate Medical University supports the local community through the Community Giving Campaign and beyond,” said Mark Zeman, interim chief information officer, who oversees IMT.

In a letter to campus, Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, who serves as campaign co-chair along with Mark Schmitt, PhD, encouraged employees to give back to the community. “This campaign is aimed to help those in need: hungry children and elderly, women who need a safe place away from an abusive partner, youth who are eager to be the first one in the family with a college degree, family of our patients that need a place to stay while their loved ones are being treated, and many others. ”

This year’s campaign theme, “Be a Super Hero: Giving is your superpower,” calls attention to the numerous ways giving to the campaign can support and assist people in need. Upstate employees give to hundreds of organizations through the campaign.

Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign and the university’s community outreach have been recognized numerous times by the United Way of Central New York, including with the Spirit of Caring Award for Volunteer Service, Leadership Service Award and for Campaign Excellence.

In addition to the Hamilton White Society, which recognizes individuals who give $1,000 or more, this year’s campaign features the Upstate Elizabeth Blackwell Society, for employees pledging $2,000 or more. Blackwell is an 1849 graduate of what is now Upstate’s College of Medicine and first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

To pledge by Dec. 1 and for more information about Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign, go to: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/

Caption: Employees of Upstate’s IMT unit are leading in campaign participation percentage.

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