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Upstate surpasses $650,000 Community Giving Campaign goal

Upstate surpasses $650,000 Community Giving Campaign goal

Upstate Medical University employees have raised $650,043 for its 2011 United Way/Community Giving Campaign, exceeding the goal of $650,000. That’s a six percent increase over Upstate’s 2010 United Way/Community Giving Campaign that raised $609,270. The four-month campaign concluded in early January.

The campaign supports hundreds of community programs and services, including those offered at Upstate.

“We are extremely grateful for the support the Upstate community provides to these important human service agencies,” said Community Giving Campaign co-chairs John McCabe, MD, and Wanda Thompson, PhD. “Each year, the need in our community grows and Upstate’s spirit of caring soars.” McCabe is senior vice president for hospital affairs and chief executive officer for Upstate University Hospital. Thompson serves as senior vice president of operations.

McCabe and Thompson said that helping to make the 2011 campaign a success was the addition Upstate’s newest members from Community General (Upstate acquired Community last July); the efforts of Upstate’s more than 200 campaign department representatives and campaign committee members; and an online method to donate. A comprehensive incentive program, and inspiring testimonials from employees about why they support the campaign, featured on Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign website, also helped to exceed the campaign goal, was also cited for the record-breaking campaign.

Joining McCabe and Thompson in the 2011 United Way/Community Giving Campaign effort was Campaign Director Zanette Howe, assistant director for community relations for Marketing and University Communications; Rebecca Cerio, special events coordinator for Marketing and University Communications; Daniel Hurley, assistant vice president of government and community relations, who serves as the Hamilton White Society Leadership Giving Director; and Margaret Bourke, administrative assistant for the offices of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations.

Over the last five years, Upstate employees have contributed more than $2.6 million through the United Way/Community Giving Campaign, earning the United Way’s Spirit of Caring Award in 2010.

Caption: Helping to surpass Upstate’s CGC goal of $650,000 are, from left, Wanda Thompson, PhD, Zanette Howe, Lisa Vigliotti-Bane, John McCabe, MD, Kristin Schofield, Rebecca Cerio, and Melissa Martin.