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May 9, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate raises $641,464 for Community Giving Campaign

Upstate Medical University employees contributed $641,464 to the 2012 Community Giving Campaign (CGC) that began in mid-September and ended earlier this year. The contributions will help sustain the important work of local agencies that serve Central New Yorkers in their times of need.

Upstate is the area’s largest employer with employees hailing from all over the region. Over the last 10 years, Upstate employees have contributed more than $5.3 million through the campaign. Officials say the campaign success at Upstate reflects the personal commitment employees make to caring for others in their community.

“United Way agencies have touched the lives of hundreds of our own employees and thousands more in Central New York. By supporting local agencies we are extending our own mission to improve the health of the communities we serve. Thank you for making a difference,” said Upstate campaign Co-Chair Wanda Thompson, Ph.D., senior vice president for operations.

Also chairing the campaign were David Duggan, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine and associate vice president and vice dean for clinical affairs; and Ken Redmore, associate administrator for facility and support services at Upstate’s Community Campus.

Some 248 Upstate family members made contributions of $1,000 or more to the campaign’s Hamilton White Society, raising more than $388,000 and setting a new record in the amount raised and the number of people contributing at this level.

The 2012 CGC leadership team included Campaign Director Zanette Howe, assistant director for community relations for Marketing and University Communications; Hamilton White Society Leadership Giving Director Daniel Hurley, assistant vice president of government and community relations; Campaign Coordinators Rebecca Cerio, special events coordinator for Marketing and University Communications, and Lisa Vigliotti-Bane, manager of the Out-Patient Wound Care Program & Health Education Services at the Community Campus. Margaret Bourke, administrative assistant for the offices of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, served as campaign coordinator for Hamilton White. A committee representing various Upstate departments and 185 CGC department representatives were also included among the leadership team.

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