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September 20, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate launches Community Giving Campaign

Upstate Medical University has officially launched its 2013 United Way/Community Giving Campaign (CGC). Last year, Upstate raised $652,565 from 1,719 employees. This year the emphasis is on encouraging more employees to participate in the campaign.

Upstate has been honored previously for its campaign excellence. It received the United Way’s Spirit of Caring award, which acknowledged the beneficent spirit of employees who engage in the future of the community by caring for those in need through their contributions to the community through the United Way. Upstate also has won the Leadership Development Award. Over the last six years, Upstate has raised nearly $3 million for local agencies.

Serving as 2013 Community Giving Campaign co-chairs are David Duggan, MD, senior vice president and dean, College of Medicine; Leslie Kohman, MD, medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center; and Ken Redmore, associate administrator for facility support services at Upstate’s Community Campus.

CGC Director Zanette Howe says that Upstate is offering this first-ever CGC Go Green ePledge incentive to reduce costs associated with printing pledge cards and other campaign materials. “This special ePledge incentive helps our environment and fits well with Upstate’s ‘go green’ and ‘save a buck’ initiatives,” she said.

Here’s how the ePledge incentive works: All employees will receive an email from listservermanager@unitedway-cny.org on Monday, Sept. 23. For those who do not respond to this email, a second email will be sent on Monday, Sept. 30. Once employees have ePledged, they will not receive a paper pledge and other printed materials associated with the campaign.

“Those who use ePledge during this incentive drive will be automatically entered into our special drawing for wonderful gifts,” said Howe. “Of course, they also will be eligible to win other incentive prizes offered through the campaign.” Howe adds that individuals who do not have computer access at work or home should call 464-4845 or email cerior@upstate.edu.

“The generosity of Upstate’s employees has made our campaign one of the most successful in the SUNY system and in Central New York,” said the campaign co-chairs. “We hope that you will join us in participating in this important initiative and help us reach our goal. Your participation at any level is essential to our success and the well being of thousands in our community.”

In addition to the special ePledge incentive drive, the 2013 CGC will also retain many of its popular features, including the Upstate and the SEFA/United Way incentive programs and an audio link found on the CGC website that features comments by Upstate employees as to why they support hundreds of community programs and services, including those offered through the Foundation for Upstate Medical University.

Joining the CGC co-chairs and Howe in leading the 2013 are 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. Hamilton White Society members contribute $1,000 or more to the campaign.

For more information about the Upstate’s 2013 Community Giving Campaign: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/

Caption: Upstate Medical University President David R. Smith, MD, at podium, launches the Upstate’s 2013 Community Giving Campaign to benefit area human service agencies. With him at the event are the campaign cochairs, from left, David Duggan, senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine; Ken Redmore, associate administrator for facility support services at Upstate’s Community Campus; and Leslie Kohman, MD, professor and medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center.

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