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July 18, 2014
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Cancer Center fundraising campaign surpasses goal, raises $17.4M

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Give Hope a New Home, the fundraising campaign that was launched to help support the Upstate Cancer Center, has surpassed its $15 million goal, raising $17.4 million.

The campaign, launched in late 2010, was aimed at supporting enhanced patient amenities for the $74 million facility as well as to fund endowments and special programs.

“Once again, the Central New York community has responded with extreme generosity,” said Eileen Pezzi, MPA, vice president for development at Upstate Medical University and executive director of the Foundation for Upstate. “All who supported this special campaign have truly helped give hope a new home for all of us throughout the region.”

The campaign was directed by the Foundation for Upstate and the Upstate Cancer Center Campaign cabinet, led by honorary co-chairs Jim Boeheim and Tim Connolly.

Funds to support the cancer center came in innovative ways. More than 300 children and school groups made donations, with funds raised from activities such as a fishing and basketball fundraisers, and a wrestling tournament. Phoenix High School Lady Firebirds’ varsity pitcher Megan Brown raised $2,000 over 20 games by securing pledges for strikeouts.

One of the more artistic and innovative fundraisers was undertaken by Danielle Delfanian, who raised more than $5,000 by making and selling duct tape rose pens, wallets, hair accessories and bracelets. And even spare change went into the coffers with more than $1,185 collected at Deb’s Grill, an Upstate eatery located in the Campus Activities Building.

Many rooms throughout the cancer center are named for patients and their families, as well as local businesses, in recognition of their support for the cancer center campaign.

Donor walls of honor located in the cancer center showcase the names of donors who gave to the campaign. An annual donor wall of caring will highlight the names of donors who support the cancer center on an annual basis.

Here’s a breakdown of the giving:

—$4.1 million in gifts from the extended Upstate family (Upstate Foundation, Upstate employees, advocates and volunteers, Upstate Foundation Board (corporate and individual gifts). This represents 23.5 percent of the $17.4 million raised.

—366 major donors gave $5,000 or more; 88 leadership donors gave gifts of $25,000 or more.

—$3.8 million from 126 grateful patients and families.

—$2.4 million from Central New York corporations and foundations.

—$1.9 million from Central New York community and various associations.

—991 of the 4,718 donors (21 percent) also contributed to the children’s hospital campaign.

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