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February 14, 2014
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate raises $585,000 for Community Giving Campaign

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University’s 2013 Community Giving Campaign (CGC) has come to a close with more than 1,400 employees pledging more than $585,000 to support agencies that improve the quality of life in Central New York. A portion of the funds will support Upstate programs, including the Upstate Employee/Student Emergency Fund and the Family Birth Center at the Community Campus.

“The amount raised through this year’s campaign is very significant and we appreciate and thank everyone who has donated,” said Community Giving Campaign Co-Chair Kenneth Redmore. “In addition, the extraordinary efforts of our department representatives and the Community Giving Campaign committee should be recognized. Their hard work and planning resulted in great campaign initiatives that led to a successful campaign.”

Included among the initiatives was the first-ever CGC Go Green ePledge incentive program that reduced costs associated with printing pledge cards and other campaign material and encouraged people to donate during a set period of time to be eligible to win wonderful gifts.

Joining Redmore as 2013 campaign co-chairs were David Duggan, M.D., senior vice president and dean, College of Medicine and Leslie Kohman, M.D., medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center. Also leading the campaign effort were Zanette Howe of Marketing and University Communications, who serves as CGC director, and Daniel Hurley, assistant vice president of government and community relations, who serves as the Hamilton White Society Leadership Giving Director. Hamilton White Society members contribute $1,000 or more to the campaign. Rebecca Cerio, special events coordinator for Marketing and University Communications. and Margaret Bourke, administrative assistant for the offices of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, also assisted in the campaign operation.

Caption: From left, Megan Chase, Human Resources; Anne Peer, Emergency Medicine; and Debra Williams, General Counsel, are three of the 180 departmental representatives who helped to make the 2013 Community Giving Campaign a success.

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