Upstate Legacy Society

The Upstate Legacy Society honors donors who have chosen to include Upstate in their estate plans. Members of the Society come from all walks of life. They are school bus drivers, engineers, teachers, business executives, nurses, doctors and retired faculty. These generous and forward thinking donors share the common goal of ensuring Upstate’s ability to provide exemplary patient care, conduct world-class research and attract and retain the very best students, faculty and staff. 

11th annual Upstate Legacy Society “luncheon” goes virtual!

The Upstate Foundation recently hosted its annual meeting for members of the Upstate Legacy Society. Historically a luncheon, donors this year were treated to a Zoom meeting featuring an informative COVID update by Dr. Mantosh Dewan, interim president of Upstate Medical University; an introduction to the new Golisano Center for Special Needs by Dr. Henry Roane, chief of the Center of Development, Behavior and Genetics, and director of the Family Behavior Analysis Program at Upstate; and a heartfelt story of gratitude from Iris Buczkowski, the mother of a daughter with autism who is treated by Dr. Roane and his team. Click to listen!

Life and Legacy

Endowments, bequests and planned gifts create a perpetual stream of support 

Donors use a variety of planned giving options to create their personal legacies with the Upstate Foundation. Planned gifts are made through bequests, IRAs, life insurance, charitable gift
annuities and donor-advised funds. Advantages include significant tax benefits, additional lifetime income and, most importantly, the ability to have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people and communities served by Upstate. 

The Upstate Foundation’s Legacy Giving Professional Advisory Council – representing trust attorneys, financial planners, certified public accountants and estate planners – helps ensure that donors wishing to create a meaningful legacy receive the highest quality of support possible.

If you would like more information, please call 315-464-4416 or email  Leave a lasting legacy that will impact our community in perpetuity.

Meet of few of our valued Upstate Legacy Society members.


Upstate Legacy Society members

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Drs. Kumar and Sabita Ashutosh 
Mrs. Jean Beers
Mrs. Myrna Benedict*
Katherine L. Beissner, PhD**
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cady, III
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Cady
Sue and Ron Clark
Ms. Muriel Connerton
Mr. and Mrs. David Craig
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cronk
Mr. and Mrs. James Curley
Mrs. Charlotte Dlugolenski
Ms. Shirley Florczyk
Mr. Richard Freeman
Toni and Rick Gary
Mrs. Marjorie Gillette-Aubry
Mary Ellen and John Gleason
Mr. Jack Gorham
Mr. Daniel Grannis 
Ms. Jane Haley
Ms. Laura Hamilton** 
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Katsolis
Mrs. Molly King
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Klotz
Mrs. Patricia Knope
Leslie Kohman, MD
Ms. Claire Kotula
Mrs. Harriet Maddy
Mr. and Mrs. Earl McArdell
Dr. and Mrs. John McCabe
Dr. Victoria Meguid
Ms. Marilyn C. Miller**
Maxwell Mozell, PhD
Mr. John L. Murad, Jr. and Ms. Renee L. James**
M. Janice Nelson, EdD
Mrs. Ellen Nesbitt**
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Ogata
Mrs. Mary Pat Oliker
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Parker, Jr.
Eileen and John Pezzi
Mr. Robert Pietrafesa
Ms. Sharon Putney
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Ratner
Ms. Mary Rochette
Mrs. Elizabeth Runkle* 
Mr. and Mrs. David Schneckenburger
Mr. George* and Mrs. Barbara* Schunck 
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Schwartz
Bonnie and Kurt Seitz
Drs. Richard and Irene Sills
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Vlassis**
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Walus
Drs. Gail and Zellman Warhaft** 
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Welch
Ms. Linda Wilcox**
* deceased
** new member, 2019