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Emeritus Faculty Brunch

As part of the Upstate Foundation’s initiative to engage emeritus faculty members, a brunch was held recently to give retirees the opportunity to reconnect with longtime friends and colleagues, and listen to remarks by Dr. Mantosh Dewan, interim president of Upstate Medical University. The 19 emeriti in attendance accounted for a total of 719 years of service to Upstate, three of whom worked for more than 50 years before retiring. One former faculty member turned 97 shortly after the event. Eleven different departments were represented.


Bankers Healthcare Group Donates $25,000 

The Upstate Foundation received a $25,000 gift from Bankers Healthcare Group, a leading provider of financial solutions for healthcare professionals, to benefit families in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. 
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Upstate Foundation Receives Gift of $3 Million from Tom Golisano to Establish Center for Special Needs

The announcement came during the 10th birthday celebration for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, for which Golisano gave the naming gift of $6 million.
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Honoring Tim Green

In recognition of Tim Green’s longtime support to Upstate Medical University, the Upstate Foundation has established the Tim Green Endowment to Defeat ALS dedicated to patient care, education, and research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The former Syracuse University and NFL football star, lawyer and nationally renowned author publicly disclosed his ALS diagnosis late last year.
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Upstate Open raises record-breaking $222,000

Gathering in front of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to mark a record-breaking year for the Upstate Open are, from left, Stuart Wright, CFO of Upstate University Hospital, and Upstate Open committee chair; Dan Gardner, CEO of event sponsor Rich & Gardner Construction Co.; Paul Mello, president and CEO of Solvay Bank (Upstate Open Presenting Sponsor); and Toni Gary, director of community relations and development for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Open tournamentdirector. Gardner was also celebrating his hole-in-one shot on hole #16.
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Southern Tier support for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Through its longtime partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), the Upstate Foundation is extending its fundraising efforts for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital into the eastern portion of New York’s Southern Tier.

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Reunited through gift

The Upstate Foundation reunited an alum of Eagle Hill Middle School in Manlius with his former teacher and her current students, who donated $100 to benefit sick children at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Brendan Dunuwila, second from right, established The Hornet Fund in 2014 to assist pediatric patients and their families who are struggling with unexpected expenses associated with their hospitalization. 

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Towsley Pro-Am

The Upstate Foundation’s 2019 Towsley Pro-Am held on June 10 at Shenendoah, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, celebrated a record-breaking year raising more than $143,000. Tournament proceeds will benefit the Wellspring Breast Care Center at Upstate University Hospital Community campus and a new Volunteer Enrichment Fund. The Bond, Schoeneck & King team (pictured) was pleased with their low round score earned in the morning flight.


Upstate Foundation celebrates National Doctor’s Day

As part of its Grateful Patient and Family Program, the Upstate Foundation is celebrating its eighth National Doctors’ Day March 30 by inviting patients at Upstate University Hospital to pay tribute to their doctors…

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Record breaking 2 days – 16th annual Radiothon for Kids

Thank you to the entire community for this record breaking year for Radiothon for Kids! The celebration for the 10th Anniversary of Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital has been kicked off with tremendous support from sponsors, businesses, organizations, individuals and many Upstate staff. 



Upstate Foundation hosts 16th annual Radiothon for Kids

The Upstate Foundation is partnering with iHeart Media and CNY Central for this annual event, which supports a wide variety of funds and programs that directly impact Upstate’s pediatric services and patients. “Radiothon is a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn more about the special care Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides children across the region,” said Toni Gary of the Upstate Foundation. 

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Paige’s Butterfly Run presents $215,000 donation for pediatric cancer care, research at Upstate

“This gift from Paige’s Butterfly Run directly supports patients and families at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate Cancer Center with various unmet needs, and also helps to provide critical programs like Child Life,” said Toni Gary, director of Community Relations and Development at The Upstate Foundation/Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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The Upstate Foundation welcomes Danielle LaTour

The Upstate Foundation has hired Danielle LaTour as director of retail development to work with retail partners, and serve as a liaison for collegiate and community events supporting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Danielle has over eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with several Central New York organizations in various areas of development including special events, volunteer recruitment and management, corporate relations, marketing, annual campaigns, and community/youth engagement. Danielle is looking forward to bringing her talents to her new role “For the Kids.”



Upstate fights student hunger with new program, new fund

“We are distressed to learn of this need on our campus and commend this new initiative to help protect and support our students who experience hunger or food insecurity,” said Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at Upstate.

Julie R. White, PhD, dean of student affairs, and Danielle Katz, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education, joined forces to develop a plan to combat hunger on the Upstate campus. They enlisted the Upstate Foundation, and together they raised funds from hospital clinical departments, faculty, staff and the umbrella organization of the faculty practice plan, UUMAS.

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Community Campus unveils $9.2 million renovation of Family Birth Center

The Upstate Foundation's Brighter Beginnings campaign rasied $1 million from our community partners, Upstate faculty, and staff to fund state-of-the art equipment, care and comfort items for moms and babies, and new parent education.

With renovations now complete, the Upstate Family Birth Center at the Community Campus will begin housing mothers and babies throughout the entire 21-bed unit starting in January.



Upstate partners with Mercy Flight Central to deliver in-flight care to critically ill or injured kids

The Upstate Foundation is proud to have provided financial support to the flight team, including purchase of appropriate in-flight suits, uniforms and equipment. 

The Upstate Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team and Mercy Flight Central are partnering to transport young patients from all over the region to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, while delivering specialized pediatric care in transit. 



Upstate introduces new technology in the fight against liver cancer

Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at Upstate, noted, “The Upstate Foundation is proud to fund this state-of-the-art equipment that offers better treatment options for many of our patients.” Microwave ablation is an option for cancers in organs that contain a high percentage of water, such as the liver and kidneys. It can also be used on bone lesions.



Nappi gift to address growing brain health issues 

At a time when our region is confronting growing medical challenges facing an aging population, a $8-million dollar gift from Sam and Carol Nappi of Jamesville to the Upstate Foundation will support the creation of an eight-floor, 360,000 square foot health and wellness complex at Upstate Medical University.



Upstate Foundation welcomes Laura Hamilton 

The Upstate Foundation appoints Laura Hamilton as the new director of legacy giving. She is replacing John Gleason who has retired. Laura Hamilton is an experienced professional with over 25 years of fundraising experience both here and in the United Kingdom. Hamilton served as divisional director for capital campaigns for The Salvation Army’s Empire Division, as well as director of development for other regional not-for-profits.