2014-15 SEFA Campaign
SEFA walks, skates, bakes, blooms toward $40K goal

The college’s State Employees Federated Appeal recently kicked off its 2014-15 campaign, setting a $40,000 goal for donations that can be directed to charitable organizations far and wide to assist those less fortunate.

Early fundraising events serving to raise awareness around campus of this year’s SEFA drive feature a Fitness Centers deal, the fast-approaching SEFA Bake-Off and the just-concluded sale of chrysanthemums.

Later this fall, the SEFA Committee will organize one of its most popular fundraisers, Baskets of Caring.

In coordination with the statewide appeal, employees will be asked to pledge contributions to the campaign via payroll deduction or direct donation.

“People can give to literally thousands of organizations across the world,” said Howard Gordon, who convenes the SEFA Committee on behalf of college President Deborah F. Stanley. “Consider giving to the United Way locally or to national organizations such as the ALS Association or others that are local, national or international—we don’t press people to give to any particular place.”

Gordon said the committee continues to strive to increase the number of employees who contribute. Employees who donate to the campaign by check or payroll deduction will be eligible for one of the fall 2014 weekly drawings for prizes from local merchants and a drawing for a larger prize as the 2014-15 campaign winds down.

“Even $1 or $2 per paycheck would go a long way to helping children, families and others in need,” he said.

Each year, state employees around New York give millions of dollars to charitable organizations through 23 regional SEFA campaigns.

Getting fit

SEFA also plans a wide array of events, from the SEFA/United Way Walk-A-Thon to a holiday toy drive, from Skate with the Lakers to an in-progress Fitness Centers deal.

Contributors across campus have until Sept. 30 to earn a one-month membership to Cooper-Glimmerglass Fitness Centers for a $20 donation in check or cash to SEFA at the Residence Life and Housing office, Room 303 of Culkin Hall. The deal also enables participants to extend their memberships through the rest of the semester or academic year at rates reduced by $20.

“The Fitness Centers are a longtime supporter of SEFA,” Gordon said. “We want to highlight their support this year and their commitment to the campus community.”

Another imminent event is the annual SEFA/United Way Walk-A-Thon, organized by committee member Linda Brown of the psychology faculty and Vega women’s honor society. Runners, walkers, those in wheelchairs and stroller-pushers all are welcome to participate. Registration begins at noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at Lanigan Hall for the 1 p.m. campus-looping event.

“We are also reviving the Deans’ Challenge, with each academic school—and dean—vying for the top fundraising from their constituents,” Brown said. “Let the trash-talking begin!”

SEFA Bake-Off contestants from a variety of buildings across campus will vie for votes on Oct. 15 at Marano Campus Center near the Point, Oct. 20 in the Shineman Center atrium, Oct. 23 in Room 711 of Culkin Hall and Oct. 28 in the Mahar Hall lobby.

A regularly updated calendar of SEFA-related events and more information is available at oswego.edu/sefa.

PHOTO CAPTION: Colorful campaign—State Employees Federated Appeal Committee members (from left) Kristin Gublo of the chemistry department and Tammy Elowsky of the Office of Business and Community Relations deliver mums to customers around campus last week. Part of each sale benefits the 2014-15 charitable campaign, which kicked off recently with a $40,000 goal and plans for fundraising events throughout the fall.

(Posted: Sep 18, 2014)