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January 3, 2012
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Gala, radiothon raise nearly $500,000 to benefit pediatric care, scholarships and hospital enhancements

Two major events presented in December by Upstate Medical University Foundation—the 2011 Gala and the Ninth Annual Radiothon for Kids—raised nearly $500,000.

The gala attracted hundreds of people to the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center in downtown Syracuse Dec. 10. The event raised $418,000 to be used as seed money to create a long-term scholarship program for students in Upstate’s four colleges and to support the hospital entrance renovation at Upstate University Hospital at Community General.

Serving as 2011 Gala co-chairs were Dr. John and Bonnie McCabe, and Tom and Julie Quinn. Dr. McCabe is chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital. Tom Quinn is senior vice president for health system development at Upstate. He served as president and chief executive officer of the former Community General Hospital.

The Ninth Annual Radiothon for Kids, held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, raised nearly $80,000 with all proceeds remaining in Central New York to benefit children who are treated for cancer or blood disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Radio personalities Joe Galuski of Newsradio 570AM and 106.9 WSYR, and B104.7’s Tom Owens and Becky Palmer, longtime supporters of the children’s hospital, hosted the event. According to Toni Gary, director of community relations for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, donations from more than 586 donors were received during Radiothon.

“We’re so pleased that so many Clear Channel radio listeners supported our pediatric cancer patients,” said Gary. “The generosity of the listeners and sponsorship from the radio stations mean so much to our children and families.”

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