COO Scott Kingsley Raises $20,000 for Food Bank of Central New York
For Community Bank, N.A. Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Scott Kingsley, participating in athletic competitions isn’t out of the ordinary. Growing up in New York State’s North Country, Kingsley has been snowshoeing since childhood and is a multi-year participant in the Empire State Winter Games. Running a 15K race, however, was far out of his comfort zone.
But when it came to Central New York’s 2017 Boilermaker Road Race, an annual event founded to help local charities, Kingsley didn’t hesitate at the opportunity to run those 9.3 miles and give back to his community.
The Boilermaker is an internationally recognized race that draws more than 18,000 people each year. And as a Charity Bib runner, Kingsley chose to fundraise for Food Bank of Central New York, an organization he feels close to as a longstanding Food Bank board member and current Chairman of the Board.
“The Food Bank of Central New York is a pillar of so many communities and supports countless of our neighbors in need by providing food to hungry families, children and elderly,” Kingsley said. “The ability to raise funds and awareness for the organization along with opportunity to train for a longer race was all the motivation I needed to get involved.”
Each Charity Bib runner is required to pledge $500 to register for the race. But Kingsley decided to go above and beyond with a pledge of $5,000. After reaching out to friends, family and colleagues, Kingsley raised that amount in only one week.
“I was truly humbled by the outpouring of support I received so quickly,” Kingsley said. “The Food Bank of Central New York is an organization that’s universally recognized as needing support, and I found people wanted to give something, whether it be big or small.”
Already at his goal, Kingsley didn’t let his fundraising stop there. He continued to reach out to his personal and professional network, and pushed himself for a higher total amount. By the Boilermaker race, he had 130 donors and raised a record-breaking $20,205—over 40 times the minimum pledge and the most raised by any participant in the event’s 40-year history.
Kingsley’s donations will directly benefit the Food Bank of Central New York’s Mobile Food Pantry, which was founded earlier this year. The program was developed after Food Bank recognized a need for increased availability of perishable products, such as fruits and vegetables. These mobile food stands are set up in public areas between food pantries to give those in need easier access to healthy items.
Kingsley’s donation alone will support 40 distributions of perishable food packages, which will feed up to 4,000 four-person households in Herkimer, Oneida, Madison and Onondaga counties.
“This experience has just been absolutely amazing, knowing the difference the donation will make. I will admit I exceeded even my own expectations,” Kingsley said. “The awareness the Boilermaker race gave Food Bank is beyond words, and I hope my efforts have created additional Food Bank advocates that will serve the organization for years to come.”