Sport Management Club at SU raises $59,185 during Tenth Annual Charity Sports Auction to benefit Make-A-Wish® of Central New York

The Sport Management Club annually holds a Charity Auction to benefit a Central New York charity. The 2014 recipient was Make-A-Wish Central New York. A check presentation took place at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on January 24, 2015. The check represents the proceeds from the December 6, 2014 Charity Sports Auction and is a donation on behalf of the 2014-15 Sport Management Club.

The Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University is excited to announce it has raised $59,185 for Make-A-Wish® of Central New York at its 10th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men’s basketball game on December 6, Make-A-Wish® supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. Following the silent auction, the club also hosted an online auction, in collaboration with Steiner Sports Memorabilia, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid. All proceeds from these efforts benefited Make-A-Wish.

“As a result of months of hard work on behalf of nearly 100 Syracuse University students, at least five wishes will come true for seriously ill children in our community,” said Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “We wanted our 10th year to be something truly special and we simply couldn’t be more proud of our students, or more thankful to Central New York and all the people who once again helped us meet and exceed our goals. Thanks to all of them, this student organization can proudly say they’ve raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the community they call home.”

The SPM Club is a student-run organization in the Falk College’s Sport Management Department at Syracuse University. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for local charities. Previous beneficiaries of the Club’s annual charity auction have included the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Diabetes Association, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York and Food Bank of CNY.

“Make-A-Wish® Central New York is beyond grateful for the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the students,” said Make-A-Wish® Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann. “To be selected as the beneficiary of the charity auction was truly exciting and to be a part of the event was even more so. Congratulations to all on a job well done! Thank you for helping us make wishes come true!” Incorporated in 1985, Make-A-Wish® Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children, between the ages of 2½ and 18, who are living with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its inception, the organization has granted more than 1,500 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Make-A-Wish® is able to continue to share the power of a wish® thanks to the generous support of the community. For more information, visit

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