Orleans Division of the Genesee Community College Campaign Announces Leaders

First Niagara Bank Establishes Endowment Fund at Genesee

Ms. Marie Rice of Albion, branch manager of the First Niagara Bank-Albion Office and chair of the Orleans Division of the Genesee Community College Foundation's annual campaign introduced community campaign leaders for this year at a recent kickoff meeting. Community campaign leaders and volunteers are:

•Peter Pilon of Waterport, co-owner of Dale's Market

•Karen Mitchell of Albion, President, Lake Country Penny Saver

•Honorable Paul Miles of Medina, retired judge

•David Mitchell of Holley, Director, Christopher-Mitchell Funeral Home

•Barbara Mahran of Holley, Assistant Branch Manager, HSBC Bank, Holley Office

•Monica London of Waterport, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager M & T Bank, Lyndonville Office

•Elizabeth Westlund of Albion, Class of 1969, retiree of Orleans County Department of Social Services

•Sharon Sauers of Albion, Branch Manager, Adecco - the Employment People

Ms. Rice was also pleased to announce a recent endowment gift from the First Niagara Bank Foundation of Lockport in support of academically talented students attending Genesee Community College. In a letter accompanying the gift, Ms. Rice quoted: "The investment in worthy and excellent students is a significant factor in influencing the success of all students. Their example of academic quality, leadership, and service raises the level of instruction in the classroom and benefits the College community."

Ms. Rice reminded the volunteers that several years ago concerned citizens established an Orleans County Scholarship Trust as an integral part of the Foundation campaign and gifts may continue to be directed to this fund. She said the fund supports worthy and deserving students from Orleans County for tuition, fees, books and other educational expenses for students enrolled at Genesee Community College. She added that this year's campaign theme, Our Best Investment, reflects the desire:

•To support excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students with the potential for high academic achievement

•To make a higher education available to all who are capable, regardless of their ability to pay

•To train and retain our local work force and to involve the community in the life of the College

Supporting the campaign presents an opportunity for the community to promote a higher education for its residents and to provide financial assistance to deserving students who might not otherwise be able to attend College. Information regarding the fund may be obtained from Ms. Rice or any of the volunteers in the campaign. Ms. Rice added, "Genesee Community College instruction and training gives students confidence and hope for the future, and it is crucial to local business people looking for qualified employees."

The Genesee Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to Genesee Community College. It is led by a thirty-member board of directors comprised of local business and civic leaders. The Foundation, formed in the mid-eighties to provide philanthropic support to the College, provided 512 scholarships to Genesee students last year totaling $234,567. The overall goal of the campaign this year is $252,000.

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, write to the address above, or to foundation@genesee.edu.

For a photo of Ms. Marie Rice, resident of Albion, branch manager of the First Niagara Bank-Albion Office, and chair of the Orleans Division of the Genesee Community College Foundation's annual campaign please go to: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Marie_Rice.JPG