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January 26, 2011
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate president tapped to lead White Ribbon Campaign

Vera House’s annual White Ribbon Campaign is led by concerned men who invite and encourage all members of the community to wear a ribbon during the 10-day campaign and join them in raising awareness and funds to stop domestic and sexual violence. Vera House officials say Wearing a white ribbon is a personal statement to never support, commit, or remain silent about abuse. The 2011 White Ribbon Campaign will be held March 25 through April 3.

The White Ribbon Campaign will raise over $65,000 for Vera House education and awareness programs and services. According to Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman, “The funds raised by the White Ribbon Campaign are critical for our programs and services, but even more important is the message of this campaign. Ending domestic and sexual violence requires each of us to do our part to help change a community standard that has for too long tolerated violence and abuse. With Dr. Smith’s leadership, we hope to bring the important message of the White Ribbon Campaign to the forefront of our community.”

Smith is now in his fifth year as president of Upstate Medical University, the region’s largest employer and the area’s only academic medical center. One of many of his non-profit leadership responsibilities includes his service on the national board of directors for the March of Dimes and the oversight board for the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

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