The Oneida County History Center Telethon presented by the Bank of Utica raised over $37,000  on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  This special event was broadcast live on WUTR-TV and from the History Center’s main gallery and encouraged the community to call in to pledge; $37,545.00 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received.  Thank you to the many individuals, organizations, and businesses who showed their support!

2021 Oneida County History Center Telethon

Utica Native Donates Books to Support Youth

The telethon is the History Center’s largest annual fundraiser and supports the organization’s mission to protect and preserve Central New Your history for present and future generations. The History Center does not receive government funding and relies solely on the generous support of members and private contributors.

Contributions pledged during the 2021 telethon will support ongoing operations and strategic initiatives including continued care of its growing genealogical, archival, and artifact collections; free access to the research library for students and low-cost access for non-members; internship opportunities for college and high school students; free and discounted virtual programming; and exhibit development and installation, including a new Kid’s Corner. 

Two special incentives were offered during the broadcast. The first 40 callers to pledge $50 or more were eligible to receive a limited-edition, History Center water bottle. Thank you to Oneida County Tourism and Proforma Full Circle for sponsoring this give-away.
Staffworks doubled the impact of contributors during the Staffworks Matching Challenge.  Staffworks generously agreed to match up to $2,000 in donations from on-air callers. This portion of the broadcast raised $4,655 from viewers who called during this challenge.

The History Center staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors would like 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 ($5000)
Bank of Utica

Platinum ($2000+)
Adirondack Financial Services; Chris & Virginia Kelly; DBJ Wealth Management; Staffworks

 Gold ($1000+)
Dr. Brian Gaffney; Coleman Harding; Caruso McLean & Co. Inc.; Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig; UFA Alumni Association; Dick Williams

 Sliver ($500+)

FX Matt Brewing Company; Greater Utica Magazine; Highlander Communications; Jay-K Lumber; Jim Townsend; Leigh Baldwin & Co; Senator James Donovan Memorial Fund

Bronze ($250+)
Dr. William Boyle Jr.; Richard & Joanne Brown; Peg Brown; Doug Hurd & Cynthia Parlato; Hummel’s Office Plus;  Nimey’s New Generation Cars; Standard Insulating; Elizabeth & Richard Tantillo; Eve & Dale Van de Wal

In-Kind Sponsors
WUTR; Oneida County Tourism; Proforma; Northland Communications;
Lafa Mediterranean by Zeina's
Utica native Kevin Byrd has donated 30 copies of Our Stories, Our Voices: Black Men Speak Their Truth to the History Center.  He is one of 13 contributing authors who open up to share their trials and tribulations in this journey called life. The proceeds from books purchased through the History Center will be used to provide memberships to area youth and families focusing on students of color and low-income households.  Young Scholars and Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP will help identify interested students.   Kevin hopes that this initiative will foster an interest in local history and pride in community. The book can be purchased through History Center e-Bookstore or on-site at 1608 Genesee Street.


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