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Local News: History Center Telethon presented by Bank of Utica Raises $37,000!!!

The 17th Annual Oneida County History Center Telethon presented by Bank of Utica surpassed its goal and raised more than $37,000 to protect and preserve Oneida County history! These generous contributions will enable the History Center to continue to care for its growing archival, artifact, and genealogical collections, and to offer free public programs, rotating exhibits, internship opportunities, educational outreach, and low-cost or free access to its research library for all members of the community.

The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV and CNYHomepage.com from the History Center’s main gallery on May 18, 2022. This special event highlighted the importance of local history and the community partnerships that make implementing the History Center mission possible. More than 100 callers, 10 behind-the-scenes volunteers, 14 phone bank volunteers, and the WUTR crew made both the event and broadcast smooth and successful.

On-air guests included local public officials, community leaders, partners, and volunteers that all share a passion for and commitment to local history. With so many deserving causes, the History Center is grateful for the continued support of its membership and the community. Thank you to everyone who joined, renewed, donated, or tuned in.

A special incentive was offered during the broadcast. The first 40 callers who pledged $50 or more were eligible to receive a limited-edition, History Center travel mug and bag of Utica Coffee. Thank you to Oneida County Tourism, Utica Coffee Roasting Company, and Proforma for sponsoring this giveaway.

The History Center staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors would like to extend a special thanks to its Naming, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Star sponsors. This investment made by the community is vital to the History Center’s success. 

Naming Sponsor

Bank of Utica

Platinum Sponsors ($2,000+)

Adirondack Financial Services; DBJ Wealth Management; Chris & Virginia Kelly;

Coleman Harding

Gold Sponsors ($1,000+)

Caruso McLean & Co. Inc.; Coldwell Banker Faith Properties; Dick Williams; History Center Board of Directors; Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig; Staffworks

Silver Sponsors ($500+)

F.X. Matt Brewing, Co., Inc.; Goldmine Jewelers; Greater Utica Magazine; Greg Evans; MARCH Associates; Dan Marino, New Hartford Eye Associates; Leigh Baldwin & Co; Passalacqua & Associates, LLC; UFA Alumni Association

Bronze Sponsors ($250+)

Dr. William Boyle Jr.; Janice Collier; Leonard England; Highlander Communications;

Jay-K Lumber; Oneida Chapter NSDAR; Drs. Cynthia Parlato & Doug Hurd; The Roman Agency LLC; Pat & Patty Sherman; Elizabeth & Richard Tantillo

In-Kind Sponsors

WUTR; Oneida County Tourism; Northland Communications; Lafa Mediterranean by Zeina’s; Utica Coffee Roasting Company; Proforma.

Mark Ziobro
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Mark is the current Managing Editor for The Utica Phoenix, and a Central New York Native.

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