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February 12, 2016
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate raises $516,889 for Community Giving Campaign

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— In the past five years alone, the Upstate Medical University family has contributed more than $3 million to support community agencies through the Community Giving Campaigns.

This year, Upstate is adding another $516,880 to that pool thanks to the generosity of the 1,312 Upstate employees and retirees who pledged to the 2015 campaign. The campaign officially closed this month.

Community Giving Campaign Director Zanette Howe says that the top 10 agencies to receive donations from Upstate’s 2015 campaign are: Upstate Foundation funds that support the Upstate Cancer Center Annual Fund ($26,931), Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network ($25,132); Food Bank of CNY ($16,432); United Way of CNY ($16,157); Francis House ($11, 901); Catholic Charities of Onondaga County ($10,926); Vera House ($9,986); Hospice of CNY ($8,122); CNY SPCA ($7,049); and Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse ($5,588).

“Upstate has been the top contributor to the fundraising campaign in the Central New York area for the past five years,” says Howe. “Our combined pledge to this year’s campaign demonstrates once again our spirit of caring through our support of hundreds of community programs and services, including those offered through the Upstate Foundation.”

Included among this year’s contributors were 221 Hamilton White Society Leadership Givers, each contributing $1,000 or more to raise $329,419 toward this year’s effort; and Upstate retirees who contributed $35,445 to the campaign.

Howe says that the majority of this year’s pledges—65 percent— were made through ePledge which remains the easiest way to give and a far more environmentally friendly way to help people who are in need.

Serving as the 2015 Community Giving Campaign co-chairs were Nancy Daoust, chief administrative officer, Community Campus; Jeffrey Bogart, MD, professor and chair, Department of Radiation Oncology; and Nancy Page, RN, chief nursing officer, Upstate University Hospital.

Caption: Melissa Martin RN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, delivers cookies as part of Community Giving Campaign efforts to thank employees for their support. With Martin are, from left, Jackie Reese, MOA, Cindy Fetcho, RN, and Nell Hurley, SW

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