Winner of #unSelfieCNY Drawing Announced

Hundreds of Local #unSelfies Contributed on Giving Tuesday

We are excited to announce that the winner of last week’s #unSelfieCNY charitable drawing is Chuck Fiello, Jr. Chuck designated the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter to receive the $1,000 grant prize. Fiello designated that the gift be awarded in the honor if his mother, Cynthia Fiello, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in her late-50s.

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“It hurts watching my mother go through this, but I am happy knowing that such a great thing is being done in her honor for the holidays,” said Fiello. “I wanted to help in hopes that others one day won’t spend their holidays wondering how much their loved ones remember holiday memories. With the help of the Community Foundation’s gift, I received one of the best Christmas wishes I could ever ask for.”

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, which is dedicated to the elimination of Alzheimer’s disease and the support of individuals who have been diagnosed with it, is delighted to receive the grant support.

“We are grateful that Chuck selected the Alzheimer’s Association to receive this charitable gift,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “The photo he used featuring him and his mom at an SU football game is a reminder of why the work of the Chapter is important. While you may not be impacted by the disease, chances are very good that you know someone who is. That reminder of our mission is the real power of the Central New York Community Foundation’s #unSelfieCNY contest.”

In just 24 hours, hundreds of individuals of all ages, families, and nonprofit staff, board and volunteers turned a camera on themselves for a “selfie” but this time for a charitable purpose.  Members of the public were asked to “Tell Your Giving Story” in the form of an “unSelfie” – a photo of themselves stating what inspires them to give back to the community. Posting the photo to a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account with the hashtag #unSelfieCNY made it eligible for the Community’s Foundation random drawing to designated a $1,000 grant to a Central New York charity.

“Central New York is full of generous people and the #unSelfieCNY effort really highlighted that,” said Peter Dunn, Community Foundation President and CEO. “The people behind the organizations and causes featured in the submitted photos exemplify selflessness during this holiday season. While this effort was focused on only one day, we hope everyone who participated or observed are inspired to support local causes throughout the year.”

Those interested in seeing the #unSelfies posted can visit

Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges. More info:


One comment

  • I’m so proud of my cousin for doing this on behalf of his mother congratulation’s to Chuck Fiello Jr. all I am saying is this WOW YOUR A AWESOME SON TO YOUR MOM & I’m proud to have you as my COUSIN!!! love you all to the moon and back. can’t wait till we have our family get together soooooon. maybe make it a yearly reunion!

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