SUNY Oswego's State
Employees Federated Appeal, or SEFA, reached an all-time high in its 2009-10
"We had a good year,
despite the tough times economically for all," commented Howard Gordon '74 M '78, executive assistant to Oswego's president and convener of the
steering committee for the campaign. "People are willing to help other
people, either in their local communities or through agencies that serve
As of Feb. 5, the campaign
raised $34,807, just missing the $35,000 goal by $193. Gordon indicated that
the campaign would accept contributions from any employees who wanted to help
push the campaign over the goal for the second straight year.
Last year, the campaign
or 4 percent over its 2008-09 goal of $30,000.
The steering committee met
during the summer and elected to increase the goal by $5,000, because the need
was so great.
SEFA is a charitable
solicitation of New York
state employees. Through SEFA, state employees can choose from hundreds of
charitable organizations locally, nationally or around the world to receive
Many donations, including
the proceeds of the 18th annual Walk-a-Thon, a Baskets of Caring
event and a campus-wide bake-off, go to support the United Way of Oswego County.
Gordon noted that people
from all walks of campus life are involved in the campaign, from building
coordinators who solicit their colleagues to students who help out in various
ways. People from departments all over campus participate in the bake-off
competition and Baskets of Caring event, some planning for months what recipe
they will bake or what kind of basket they will create for the annual
The Office of Alumni and
Development took home top honors in the Basket of Caring event, with their
lottery ticket garden raising the most money for the charity of any basket in
this year's competition.
— Michele Reed
Akemee Capers '10 and Christine Willis '10 cast their votes for themed baskets of goodies in the
Campus Center during the annual Baskets of Caring fundraiser for the
United Way of Greater Oswego County. The event is part of SUNY Oswego's State
Employees Federated Appeal, or SEFA, campaign, which reached an all-time high in its most recent campaign.
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