Upstate students raise almost $1,700 for emergency fund

Upstate students raised $1,677 for the university’s new Employee and Student Emergency Fund last week.

Upstate Student Government and Campus Activities Governing Board officers raffled three prizes – an iPad Air; two Syracuse University basketball tickets, and two Syracuse Stage tickets.

The winners were Penny McPhilmy, iPad Air; Matt Perlstein, tickets to the Syracuse-Clemson game Feb. 9; and Kathy Mollura, tickets to “A Christmas Carol” at Syracuse Stage.

“This was a great way for the USG officers and the CAGB officers to work together to lead the whole student body on a project,” said USG president Anne Reilley, DPT Class of 2014. “Our goal was $1,500 and we exceeded that because we all worked well together to make this successful.”

The Emergency Fund (#47677) has been established to provide monetary assistance to an employee or student within Upstate who experiences sudden and/or significant financial hardship.

The fund is one of the Foundation for Upstate’s designated options in the United Way’s Community Giving Campaign. Upstate employees can use the campaign’s “e-pledge” method through Tuesday Dec. 17, and paper pledges are accepted through the end of the month.

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