Genesee Community College Foundation Kicks-Off Wyoming Division of the 2003-2004 Annual Campaign

Mr. Norbert J. Fuest of Darien Center, Director of Human Resources, Morton Salt, Inc., Silver Springs and the President of the not-for-profit Genesee Community College Foundation, leads the Wyoming Division of the Foundation's Annual Campaign, Our Best Investment. Mr. Fuest announced at a recent kick-off meeting for the Wyoming Division that the overall Annual Campaign is nearing the mid-point with $123,000 already raised toward the $252,000 goal. Mr. Fuest also elaborated on the campaign theme, Our Best Investment, which reflects the desire to support the local economy by training our workforce with needed skills and promoting excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students who have potential for high academic achievement. The President's Scholarships, funded by the Annual Campaign, are awarded to excellent students to enhance the level of classroom instruction and encourage these students to settle in our region after graduation. Last year, eight of 29 President's Scholarship recipients were from Wyoming County High Schools.

The Foundation also prioritized making higher education available to all capable area residents regardless of their ability to pay tuition. A prominent example of supporting students with financial needs is the Endowment Challenge Grant supported by the United States Department of Education. The Grant provides $2 for every $1 raised, up to $35,000, which equates to $70,000 in matching funds. All contributions are credited to the endowment and the income used for students in need. The other divisions of the Annual Campaign are the Genesee, Livingston, and Orleans Counties, Alumni, Associates, Faculty/Staff, Leadership, and the new Heritage Division. Wyoming Division volunteers include the following Foundation board members and community members: -Bruce Anderson, Attica; Assistant Vice President, Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Inc.-Bruce Camp, Attica; President, Attica Ace Hardware-Margaret Dadd, Attica; Attorney, and Foundation Board Member-Susan Elmore, Attica; Vice President/Branch Manager Wyoming County Bank - Attica Office -Sheila Springer, Attica; Vice President & Branch Manager HSBC - Attica Office-Molly Bodensteiner, Perry; Human Resource Manager, Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc-Jeffrey Fitch, Perry; Secretary, Signlanguage, Inc-Amanda Parker, Perry; Account Executive, Bonadio Group, Inc.-Kim Brown, Silver Springs; Human Resource Manager, Bank of Castile-Roxanne Dueppengiesser, Perry; 4-H Youth Development and Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension - Warsaw Office-Jon Cooper, Warsaw; President, Wyoming County Bank and Vice President, Genesee Community College Foundation Board -Patricia Chaya, Batavia; Associate Dean, Warsaw Campus Center-Kevin Zeches, Warsaw; President, Zeches Furniture-James Nicholson, Rochester; Manager, NYS Department of Labor - Warsaw Office-Michael Cali, Perry; President, Cali Agency, Warsaw-Kathryn Barrett, CPA, of Wyoming, Senior Manager, Freed Maxick and Battaglia, PC-Howard Payne, Arcade; Retired Town Supervisor and Genesee Community College Foundation Board Member-Charles Brown, Arcade; Manager, Corporate & Community Affairs, Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc. -Sandra Pirdy, Arcade; Supervisor, Adecco Employment - Arcade Office-Brenda Bacon, Arcade; Manager, Realty One - Arcade Office -Jeffrey Mason, Arcade; High School History Teacher, Pioneer Central Schools-Leanne Masur, Holland; Operations Director, Prestolite Electric, Inc.

The Genesee Community College Foundation formed in the mid-1980s is a charitable organization to provide volunteer and philanthropic support to the College. It is lead by a twenty-seven member board of directors comprised of business and civic leaders. Last year, the Foundation made 512 scholarship awards, totaling $234,567 to Genesee Community College students. Gifts to the campaign may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For further information call (585) 345-6809 or email: