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Community Giving Campaign

Upstate's Community Giving Campaign starts Aug. 24

Upstate Medical University will start its Community Giving Campaign on Aug. 24, almost a month earlier as a precaution to what might be challenging fall with COVID-19 and flu cases in the community. Employees will get an email on Aug. 24 from Self Serve that will contain a link to make a pledge.

"We are going to err on the side of caution with our campaign," said Zanette Howe, "Upstate's Community Giving Campaign director. "Besides the community is hurting more so than ever before, so this new date will give us a jump on responding to the needs of our community."

With local layoffs, furloughs and business closures related to the pandemic, agencies are seeing more people in need of their services.

Upstate will continue with its superhero theme: Now more than ever our community needs heroes. Giving is your superpower.

Returning as campaign co-chairs are Gennady Bratslavksy, MD, professor and chair of Urology, and Mark Schmitt, PhD, professor and dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Linda Veit, MPH, will head up gifts for the Hamilton White and Elizabeth Blackwell societies, which are for gifts of more than $1,000 and $2,000, respectively.

Campaign Committee members, in addition to Howe, include Emily Albert, MD, MPH, Catherine Cadley, Tree Carter, Mark Congel, Kylee Deese, Kelly Dolan, Susan Graham, Christina Hyde, Diane Mantooth, Katherine Magnarelli, Nancy Prott, Meghann Sandak and Naina Sawal, MD. Three ad hoc committee members are Susan Keeter, Becca Pesci and Tammy Blackburn.

Making a pledge through Self Serve qualifies individuals to be included in a daily drawing Aug. 24 through Sept. 4 for $100. Other giving incentives include the Step Up Challenge, where first-time donors and those who increase their giving over last year by $52, will be eligible for valuable prizes.

The complete resource for the Community Giving Campaign can be found at https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/. This site contains the nuts and bolts of the campaign, including a list of campaign representatives for each department and a list of charities and funds to support.

The website also contains videos featuring representatives of various social service agencies and their clients. A video of Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, discussing the United Way of Central New York can be viewed here.

"Giving and supporting your community is so easy through the Community Giving Campaign, especially when giving is your superpower," Howe said.