Extraordinary Opportunities! Genesee Community College Foundation's Annual Campaign Underway

Genesee Community College Foundation's Annual Campaign, Extraordinary is underway. Robert Boyce of LeRoy, Foundation board director and general chair of the Genesee Foundation's annual campaign, recently met with his talented team of leaders who are assisting in the endeavor.

Genesee Community College Foundation’s Annual Campaign, Extraordinary is underway. Robert Boyce of LeRoy, Foundation board director and general chair of the Genesee Foundation’s annual campaign, recently met with his talented team of leaders who are assisting in the endeavor. 

“Everyone has a vested interest in making this campaign a success. A stronger Genesee Community College helps make our Western New York region a better place to live and work for all of us.” Mr. Boyce noted. “Campaign division chairs share the responsibility to attract and retain students and to promote the value of the College to the community.”

He added that there are several divisions in the annual campaign. Each division chair is responsible for a portion of the overall $459,000 goal. Division chairs are:

  • Associates division: Jane Scott of Stafford, branch manager, Five Star Bank, Batavia
  • Faculty and Staff division: Marirose Ethington of Pavilion, professor of biology, Genesee Community College
  • Genesee division: Michael Grammatico of Batavia, vice president, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors
  • Heritage division: Patrick Forsyth of Batavia, CPA, John J. Forsyth, CPA, PC and Foundation board director
  • Leadership division: Roger Christiano of Batavia, president, Christiano Cellular and Foundation board director
  • Livingston division: Les Cole of Caledonia, president, Commodity Resource Corporation and Foundation board director
  • Orleans division: Wendy Kelly of Albion, branch manager, HSBC Bank, Albion
  • Wyoming division: Richard Fish, Sr. of Perry, president, Complete Payroll Processing and Foundation board director
  • Wyoming division: co-chair Brianna Stone of Castile, branch manager, The Bank of Castile, Warsaw

Mr. Boyce continued, “Independent auditors estimate a $501 million dollar impact of the College on our region. The figure includes College spending, faculty, staff and student spending and the increased earning power of graduates who remain in the region. This extraordinary impact alone is justification for encouraging students to attend Genesee as high school students obtaining college credit, as potential transfer students to a four year college, or as students seeking degrees or certificates to prepare for specific careers. As community members we encourage enrollment at the College through our involvement and our financial support of the Foundation’s programs.”

Mr. Roger Christiano, Leadership chair and Foundation board member took up the explanation of the new campaign theme, Extraordinary, saying that it reflects the many positive and extraordinary aspects of the College. “Our financial gifts support excellence in the classroom through scholarship incentives to students with the potential for high academic achievement, and we make higher education available to all area residents who are capable regardless of their ability to pay,” Christiano said. “The economic vitality that the College brings to our region is tremendous as tomorrow’s leaders are trained and our local workforce is strengthened through career and certificate programs such as nursing, respiratory care, physical therapy assistant, human services, business, criminal justice, marketing and retail.”

The College enrollment is at a record level this year with over 7,200 full and part time students. The overall goal for the Extraordinary campaign is $459,000 which includes $80,000 for an endowment challenge grant from the U. S. Department of Education.

“Only a small number of community colleges across the nation receive the endowment challenge grant each year,” Marirose Ethington, professor and chair of the Faculty and Staff Division said. “Fortunately, Genesee Community College was awarded one this fall and for five successive years the endowment challenge grant will match, dollar for dollar, every dollar we raise on behalf of students in need, up to $80,000 a year. Each year as we achieve our goal we will build our endowment by $160,000. This means that after five years the endowment will have $800,000 to support awards to worthy and deserving students. Our 2009-2010 annual campaign is committed to meeting the endowment challenge grant. We are paying ahead for future students and to do this College employee, corporate and community support is vital.”

The Genesee Community College Foundation was formed in the mid-eighties as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing service to and support of the College. Its thirty-member board of directors is comprised of business and civic leaders, and last year, the Foundation’s philanthropic support provided 536 scholarships to Genesee students totaling $284,184.

Contributions for support for the College programs and students may be sent to the Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information contact the Foundation (585) 345-6809 or foundation@genesee.edu.

Editor’s note: A photograph of the Genesee Community College Annual Fund Campaign committee is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/GCCF_2009.jpg

Left to right in the front row: Jane Scott, Marirose Ethington, Lori Stupp, and Brianna Stone. Left to right in the back row: Rick Ensman, Michael Grammatico, Robert Boyce, Richard Fish, and Patrick Forsyth.