Upstate News

January 25, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Genesee Grande Hotel makes contribution of $40,000 to Golisano Children’s Hospital

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Genesee Grande Hotel, a long-time strategic partner of Upstate Medical University Foundation, has pledged $40,000 in cash and services to the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Medical University.

The $40,000 pledge includes a $15,000 contribution to name a manager’s office in the Golisano Children’s Hospital, as well as $25,000 in good and services to be used in connection with fundraising activities by the Upstate Medical University Foundation, such as hosting business meals, meetings and receptions for donors and prospective donors.

“We are extremely grateful to Norm Swanson and The Genesee Grande Hotel for their generous support of the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Medical University,” said Eileen Pezzi, SUNY Upstate’s vice president for development. “This creative arrangement is indicative of Norm’s entrepreneurial style and his deep commitment to Upstate Medical University and the broader Syracuse community. His gift enhances our ability to grow our relationship with donors while maintaining our track record of excellent stewardship of donor dollars.”

Swanson, a local businessman who owns The Genesee Grande Hotel, was pleased to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital. “I am happy to be able to give back to the community and excited to be a part of something so significant for the city of Syracuse like the Golisano Children’s Hospital.”

The Genesee Grande Hotel has a long track record of community involvement including substantial support for the Susan B. Komen Foundation and Syracuse University’s Hospitality Program.

The 159-room Genesee Grande Hotel, located at 1060 E. Genesee St., in Syracuse, offers luxury accommodations and gourmet dining in its 1060 Restaurant. It features flexible meeting and banquet space, and wireless high-speed internet access. Located just two blocks west is the Genesee Grande Hotel’s sister property, 83-room ParkView Hotel, which is billed as “downtown boutique style hotel with a metropolitan flair.”

Upstate Medical University Foundation is the fundraising arm of Upstate Medical University including University Hospital and the Golisano Children’s Hospital at University Hospital, which is expected to open in 2009.

The Golisano Children’s Hospital will feature 70 private patient rooms with enough space for a pullout sofa or bed to accommodate parents who want to stay the night in their child’s room. Additional amenities include separate family sleep quarters, pediatric meditation space age appropriate play areas and a family resource center. The Golisano Children’s Hospital campaign has raised more than $21 million dollars.

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