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Sept. 18, 2002
OSWEGO -- Thirteen proved a lucky number for the Oswego State Fall Classic. The 13th annual event, with golf and fishing held on Friday, Sept. 13, raised a gross of $252,828 to support scholarships for SUNY Oswego students.
The money raised by the Fall Classic sponsors will support the Presidential Scholars Program. This year's class of 150 Presidential Scholars continues to raise the bar at Oswego, President Deborah F. Stanley told supporters at the Sithe Luncheon, which kicked off the two-day event. Incoming scholars had SAT scores of 1240 and a mean high-school average of 93.
Keynote speaker at the Sithe Luncheon was Michael Lorenz, an executive of the Pyramid Management Group and the man responsible for helping to lead the development of the Destiny USA Project. Destiny USA in Syracuse is planned as a huge shopping mall and entertainment complex, which is expected to draw tourists to the area. He told the students, college officials and sponsors present that, among the lessons he has learned in the last couple of years, "it really is OK to dream."
This year's version of the Fall Classic welcomed two new sponsors at the Presidential Level, the highest level of support. GE Power Systems and Constellation Energy Group joined long-time Presidential Sponsors Sithe and New York State Laborers' Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund.
Over the years, Sithe has contributed more than quarter million dollars to the Fall Classic, and LECET has supported scholarships in the amount of over $125,000, Stanley reported at the luncheon.
The combination of 13s proved lucky for another sponsor, Dominion Transmission, which this year boosted its support to the deans' level. Dennis Sugumele, manager of interstate marketing at Dominion, made a hole-in-one during the golf tournament and won a pair of Bulova watches.
The Fall Classic, coordinated by Oswego's Office of Alumni and University Development, has generated a grand total in gross sponsorship gifts of $2.6 million since 1990.
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