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Upstate Foundation receives $250,000 grant for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Campaign

With great compassion for the urgency that exists in the community, the Fred L. Emerson Foundation has stepped forward with a $250,000 grant to the Upstate Foundation’s Campaign for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

“We are so very thankful for the Fred L. Emerson Foundation’s generous support of this campaign,” said Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at Upstate. “As we work to improve the availability of services for kids and teens in this community, the Fred L. Emerson Foundation’s grant is a true leadership gift, one that will immediately be put to good use, and one that will no doubt, inspire a call to action for others to follow.”

For the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, based in Auburn, N.Y., generosity is a family legacy, one that has been passed down since 1932. Born in Lexington, Mass., in 1876, Fred L. Emerson moved to Auburn in the early 20th century, taking a position at a women’s shoe company. Hard work and perseverance led to leadership positions at the company, which grew tremendously under his stewardship. Throughout his life, Emerson was known for a generosity and dedication to improving the community and inspiring others to follow in his footsteps.

“Central New York is a stronger and a better place to live because of The Fred L. Emerson Foundation,” Pezzi continued. “Their philanthropic legacy to commitment to community giving is truly inspirational and we are so grateful to partner with them in this important initiative.”