Upstate News

January 26, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate Medical University raises $484,238 for area human service agenices

The United Way of Central New York has recognized SUNY Upstate Medical University for its continued high level of giving and honored the university’s Community Giving Campaign director, Zanette Howe, as its 2006 Campaign Volunteer of the Year.

At a reception yesterday to mark the end of the agency’s annual fundraising campaign, the United Way noted that SUNY Upstate was again one of the top five contributors in Central New York with more than 1,700 employees contributing nearly a half million dollars. For the 2006 campaign SUNY Upstate ranked first in leadership giving—contributions of $1,000 or more from couples and individuals—for the seventh year in row and ranked second, behind National Grid, for total dollars raised, $484,238.

Howe, who serves as SUNY Upstate’s special events manager and who has directed SUNY Upstate giving campaign for the last 10 years, was honored by the United Way as its 2006 Campaign Volunteer of the Year. The United Way noted that under Howe’s leadership, the amount of money raised by SUNY Upstate’s employees has quadrupled since 1996 when she took over direction of the campaign and the number of employees participating in the campaign has more than doubled.

Howe credited the success of this year’s Community Giving campaign to the leadership support of campaign co-chairs Phillip Schaengold, JD, MBA, and Laura Schweitzer, PHD, the 180 volunteers who served as campaign committee members and department representatives and all employees who contributed.

“Engaging excellence is not merely our mission here on campus, but also our mission in the community,” said SUNY Upstate President David R. Smith, MD. “Thank you all for your steadfast support of this campaign.”

For more on SUNY Upstate’s Community Giving Campaign, check out the website at:

http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/

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