Wyoming County Campaign Volunteers Off to a Swift Start for Genesee Community College Foundation

Martin Griffith leads Wyoming Division

Under the leadership of Martin Griffith of Arcade, senior vice president of Five Star Bank, the annual campaign of the Genesee Community College Foundation’s Wyoming County Division is off to an exciting start. With the new campaign theme, “Genesee at 40,” organizers hope to recognize the College’s upcoming series of 40th anniversary events.

“The economic impact of the College in our region was recently estimated at over $501 million,” Griffith said. “This incredible impact is at the heart of the campaign. It reflects the desire to support our local economy by training our workforce in needed skills, and to promote excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students who have the potential for high academic achievement.”

He added that through the Foundation, President Scholarships are awarded to excellent students and raise the level of classroom interaction and enhance the learning experience. It encourages these students to eventually settle in our region. For fall 2006, five of 17 President Scholarship recipients graduated from Wyoming County High Schools. In the past academic year 455 scholarships were awarded by the Foundation, totaling $243,629.

Mr. Griffith is an active committee member of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and he serves on the Arcade Community Revolving Loan Fund loan committee. He was also a former President of the Wyoming Foundation and member of the Steering Committee and board for the Wyoming County YMCA. He served on the board and was president of the Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce and was a past member of the Arcade Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Other community volunteers and Foundation campaign leaders in the Wyoming Division include:

• Scott Nichols, Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine of Wyoming, Wyoming County Chiropractic, Warsaw
• Joseph Robinson of Warsaw, director, Robinson-Hackemer Funeral Homes, Inc.
• Jay Hackemer of Warsaw, director, Robinson-Hackemer Funeral Homes, Inc.
• Susan L. Elmore of Attica, vice-president, Five Star Bank, Attica office
• Jeremy Satchell of Arcade, branch manager, Five Star Bank, Arcade Office

The Genesee Community College Foundation was formed in the mid-eighties to provide philanthropic support to the College, and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service and support to Genesee. It is led by a thirty member board of directors comprised of business and civic leaders. 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 foundation@genesee.edu.

Editor’s Note: A photograph of Martin Griffith of Arcade, senior vice president, Five Star Bank, who is leading the Wyoming County Division of Genesee Community College Foundation’s annual campaign is available at the following Internet address: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Martin_Griffith.jpg

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Did you know last year more than 450 scholarships were awarded by Genesee Community College Foundation to worthy and deserving students? The awards totaled over $243,000!

The President’s Scholarship is Genesee’s most prestigious academic award. And did you know that in 2006, five Wyoming County students received this significant scholarship?

Marty Griffith of Five Star bank in Warsaw is leading the Wyoming County Annual Campaign for Scholarship contributions, his team of volunteers are asking you for support. By helping students achieve their academic goals you are helping the future of Wyoming County.

Give generously to Genesee Community College Foundation.
Call 345-6809.