It's a Wrap! GCC Foundation Annual Campaign Raises $393,805

Todd Bender, ’89 of Batavia recently announced success in the 2007-2008 annual campaign for Genesee Community College student scholarships and program initiatives. He said, “We exceeded our goal and raised $393,905, exceeding our $300,350 goal by a wide margin, to support the College students and programs. Our theme, ‘Genesee at 40,’ recognized the founding of the College forty years ago, but we also looked to the future and where Genesee Community College will be forty years from now.”

He added that in the past academic year, 389 scholarships were awarded totaling $301,513. Scholarships encourage academically talented students to attend Genesee and to raise the level of instruction in the classroom. Scholarships provide access to a higher education by worthy and deserving students in need, and sometimes smaller awards of two or three hundred dollars can make the difference in a student remaining enrolled. As for our future, scholarships encourage students to remain in the region upon graduation, thereby, sustaining our local economy and workforce.

The four-county campaign is organized into nine divisions. The 2007-2008 division chairs and co-chairs included:
Wyoming Division:
Charlie Brown of Arcade, sales representative, Empire Distributors
Orleans Division:
James Whipple of Lyndonville, executive director, Orleans County Economic Development Agency
Genesee Division:
Ben Mancuso, III of Pittsford, vice president/broker, Charles Mancuso & Son
Andrew Young ’89, of Batavia, president, Reliant Real Estate
Associates Division:
Monica Dawson, ’72, of Batavia, secretary, Shepard, Maxwell & Hale Insurance Agency
John Marchese ’80 of Basom, general manager, United Rentals
Livingston Division:
James Culbertson of Dansville, county clerk, Livingston County
Alumni Division:
Laurie Thornley ’89 of Batavia, area coordinator, Planned Parenthood
Heritage Division:
Robert Boyce of LeRoy, broker, Tompkins Insurance Agencies
Faculty and Staff Division:
Ray and Patty Chaya of Batavia, director and associate dean respectively, Genesee Community College
Leadership Division:
Brian Daviau ’81 of Batavia, manager, Markin Tubing

“We are truly fortunate to have had a talented team of 116 volunteers providing leadership throughout the GLOW region, and many insightful and generous donors involved in this effort. My sincerest thank you to each and everyone participating in and supporting this year’s campaign,” Mr. Bender added.

Fourteen new named scholarships were established this year with the generosity of supporters from all over the region.
  • Veterans’ Education Scholarship
  • Jane V. Porter Memorial Photography Scholarship
  • Complete Payroll Processing Business Scholarship
  • Emergency Fund for Nursing Students
  • Upstate Door, Inc. Computerized Drafting and Design Scholarship
  • Waste Management Environmental Studies Scholarship
  • Waste Management General Studies Scholarship
  • Chapin International, Inc. Business Scholarship
  • Christiano Family Nursing Scholarship
  • Colonel James D. Fraser ‘73 Health Careers Scholarship
  • Donald F. & Maxine B. Davison Scholarship
  • Robert H. Gioiosa Family Scholarship
  • Edgar J. & Mary Louise Hollwedel Campus Beautification Fund
  • Bruce C. Brege ’82 Scholarship
Genesee Community College applicants and students may receive information on scholarships at the College web site,, through the Financial Aid Office or at each of the six campus centers. 2008-2009 campaign is already underway with a goal of $364,750 under the leadership of Robert Boyce of LeRoy. Contributions may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 345-6809 or