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SUNY Upstate kicks off Community Giving Campaign Sept. 23
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — SUNY Upstate Medical University, one of Central New York’s largest employers, will kick off its annual United Way/State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA)—known as its Community Giving Campaign—Thursday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. in the Institute for Human Performance.
SUNY Upstate expects to raise more $430,000 this year for community organizations, projects or service agencies. Last year, SUNY Upstate giving reached record levels: 1,701 employees contributed $426,142 to community organizations, projects or service agencies, up from 1,373 employees raising $320,315. Contributions can be made through a variety of sources, including payroll deduction.
The campaign kick-off breakfast will include remarks from SUNY Upstate President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and Sister Kathleen Osbelt of the Francis House, a home that offers people with terminal illnesses a place they can die with dignity.
SUNY Upstate is the top-giving state agency out of the 79 state agencies represented in Central New York. Of the 64 SUNY campuses, SUNY Upstate ranks second in giving to SUNY Buffalo.
Editor’s note: You are welcome to cover the campaign kickoff and interview Eastwood and other SUNY Upstate officials, prior to or immediately following the presentation. Speaker presentations will run from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
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