Sunny Fall Classic supports Presidential Scholarships

imageAfter days of rain and wind on the coattails of Hurricane Frances, Oswego State Fall Classic participants took to the golf course, lake and shooting range under bright, sunny skies. The 15th annual event, held Sept. 9 and 10, raised a gross of about $206,000 to support scholarships for SUNY Oswego students.

The money raised by the Fall Classic supports the Presidential Scholars Program, and recipients of the college’s premier scholarship were in evidence throughout the event. They were on hand to thank sponsors at the Sithe Luncheon and Presidential Reception, and volunteered for Friday’s recreational events.

This year’s class of 150 Presidential Scholars had average SAT scores of 1230 and a mean high school average of 93.

As the event marked a milestone anniversary, participants looked both back and ahead, with a theme of “Investing in the Future.”

At the opening Sithe Luncheon, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley recalled the fund-raiser’s humble beginnings. “I think we raised $7,000 that first year,” she said.

She went on to thank all Fall Classic sponsors and participants for their continuing support of the college’s educational mission. Reflecting on the growth of the Presidential Scholars program and its impact on the quality of education at Oswego, Stanley said, “We touch the future by what we do here.”

Bill Hughes, chief operating officer for Sithe, a presidential level sponsor of the Fall Classic and host of the opening luncheon, praised the Presidential Scholars as “full of vim and vigor.” Noting that difficult times, such as the present, have produced some of the world’s greatest leaders and thinkers, he told the scholars, “Who knows, maybe the next Pericles or George Washington might be among you.”

Keynote speaker Ed Barlow, president of Creating the Future Inc., spoke to the assembled guests about economic and social changes expected in the future. He stressed the importance of education in meeting these challenges.

Supporting the Fall Classic at the presidential level, the highest level of support, are Sithe, the New York State Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund, Constellation Energy and GE Energy.

The Fall Classic, coordinated by Oswego’s Office of Alumni and Development, has generated a grand total in gross sponsorship gifts of more than $2.8 million since 1990.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Scholarship support—The Oswego State Fall Classic held Sept. 9 and 10 raised a gross of approximately $206,000 to support scholarships for SUNY Oswego students. Presenting Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley with a symbolic big check for the proceeds of the event are presidential level sponsors Bill Hughes (left), chief operating officer for Sithe, and Ray Smith, sales manager, GE Energy Services Sales. The other presidential level sponsors are Constellation Energy and the New York State Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Fund.

(Posted: Sep 17, 2004)