SEFA 2016
SEFA sets $30K goal in campus gifts to charities

The State Employees Federated Appeal at the college will officially launch its $30,000 charitable fundraising campaign Oct. 13—yet an important opportunity to show support will take place Saturday, another will follow later this month, and mum’s the word for a fundraiser already completed.

Baskets of Caring fundraising eventThe 2016 United Way Walk-A-Thon will offer in-person registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and will step off at noon near Marano Campus Center. In scavenger hunt style, the 5-kilometer event will feature five waypoints, said Kristin Gublo, who is coordinating the 2016-17 SEFA campaign and convening its cross-campus organizing committee.

“We’re excited about the walk-a-thon, and now we just need to have some good weather,” said Gublo, instructional support specialist for the chemistry department. “We have added a scavenger hunt, incorporated in the walk-a-thon as an educational component.”

The themed stops will help walkers learn about the United Way, its services and its opportunities for volunteerism. Participants who have their course maps punched at each location will be entered in a drawing for prizes. The event is sponsored by Auxiliary Services and coordinated by Vega, the junior and senior women’s honor society at SUNY Oswego, and its adviser, Laura Hess Brown of the human development faculty.

Bakers around the college last year raised more than $700 for SEFA in bake-offs around campus. This year’s bake-offs will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in front of The Point in Marano Campus Center, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in Room 702 of Culkin Hall, and noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Mahar Hall’s lobby.

“Due to the Department of Health rules and regulations, desserts will need to be submitted in taste size portions wrapped in plastic or maybe put them in cupcake paper cups. Also desserts requiring refrigeration will not be allowed,” according to a SEFA announcement. “Your bake-off contact person can let you know when and where to drop off your dessert prior to the event.”

College President Deborah F. Stanley will greet SEFA Committee members and building representatives at a campaign kickoff luncheon Oct. 13. The representatives will receive 2016 SEFA packet materials—including pledge forms for detailing donations by payroll deduction or check and a booklet for determining which of the hundreds of charitable organizations to designate as recipients of one’s contributions.

The SEFA website—oswego.edu/sefa—will include information about an even easier way to fill out a pledge. For the second year, employees may pledge a contribution online, Gublo said.

Weekly drawings for those who have submitted a pledge start in mid-November; the grand prize drawing will take place Jan. 6.

Two annual fundraising activities have wrapped up: the annual fall sale of mums from Oliver Payne’s Greenhouse and the September offer to make a $20 SEFA donation and receive a monthlong membership to Cooper-Glimmerglass Fitness Centers.

More opportunities to help the effort lie ahead: in November, the popular Baskets of Caring office competition and the annual poinsettia sale; in December, SEFA/United Way night at the hockey game on Dec. 3 and Holiday Skate with the Lakers on Dec. 11.

PHOTO CAPTION: Caring campaign—The State Employees Federated Appeal will officially kick off its 2016 charitable campaign on Oct. 13, with several fundraising and awareness-building activities to come, including November’s popular Baskets of Caring office competition (here shown last fall).

(Posted: Sep 29, 2016)