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Fundraising & Service Opportunities


To date, Advocates for Upstate has provided Upstate Medical University with more than $4 million. These funds are raised through its support of our signature fundraising event, Mystery, Malt & Merlot, other fundraising opportunities, and through partnerships with our vendor associates. We use those funds to award grants and scholarships and to fund projects that help Upstate's hospitals and outpatient units care for patients. We help Upstate staff and volunteers pursue undergraduate degrees to advance their careers in the health professions through our Nellie Hurley Scholarship program and our Youth Scholarship program. 


At Upstate University Hospital and Upstate Community Hospital, Advocates for Upstate are instrumental in sponsoring and volunteering at drives to meet the demand for blood and blood products in our region. Beautification projects at Upstate Community Hospital include holiday decorating and spring planting. Other volunteer opportunities include helping with holiday gift wrapping at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital and we create special events on patient units among other activities.

To learn more about our fundraising and/or service committees, or to join, please contact us at [email protected], call us at 315-464-5610, or send us your completed application form from our membership brochure.