Rochester's Community Wishbook –


2017 Special Events Calendar
  Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

For information and agency contacts, click on the agency's name in the listings.

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Page Last updated
February 23, 2017
Please check back often..

See Recurring (Year-Round) Events for events that are held every month..


16th Annual Serenity House Gala - Serenity House

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Locust Hill Country Club. Features silent auction, live auction, dinner, and dancing to music by “Orient Express”.
Tickets are $100 each and all proceeds go directly to raise funds for Serenity House, a two-bed comfort care home that serves the terminally ill at $0 cost to them or their families.
Donations Needed for silent and live auctions. Please contact Sharon Cary at 585-620-0419.
Serenity House: 585-924-5840 or

Wild Wings Inc. Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale - Wild Wings, Inc.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 4 to 8:00 pm at The Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Rd., Henrietta. Come out and enjoy dinner with the birds! All proceeds go directly to benefit the animals of Wild Wings! 
Tickets available online, at The Cottage Gift Shop and at the door.  $6.00/ticket.  Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, and dessert.  Imagine…intriguing raptors to greet you at the door! 
More info:  Wild Wings 585-334-7790, email to, or at our website  

Centennial Gala - Catholic Family Center (CFC)

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
6:30 Cocktails  •  7:30 Dinner.  Tickets may be purchased online at wsww.cfcrochester.orgpp;p;pp\]/.
Tickets are $200 per person.  Patron $250 per person. Please RSVP by March 3, 2017 ir email to Brigid Ryan at
Catholic Family Center (CFC) was founded in 1917 "to assist immigrants, find employment for men released from prison, serve unmarried mothers and their infants, and provide material goods for the poor." Over the past 100 years we have continued this work, and have added and evolved many additional programs to meet the changing needs of our community. Join us as we celebrate our Centennial and look forward to the next 100 years.Together, we can transform our city. Together, we can provide help that works and hope that lasts. For100 more years.

RBJ 2017 Health Care Achievement Awards Luncheo - Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc.

Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm , at the Hyatt Regency Rochester  
Daystar congratulates Mary Erturk, RN, on her selection as a Rochester Business Journal 2017 Health Care Achievement Awardee for her years of dedicated service to Daystar’s children and families.
As former Executive Director, Mary established Daystar’s Pediatric Nursing Program and her visionary leadership helped earn Daystar a Best Practices Program Award from NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
For tickets or more information, visit


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Charlotte-Genesse Lighthouse Opens for Tours - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Saturday, April 1, 2017. Lighthouse Tours begin today. 70 Lighthouse Drive, off Latta Road, just east of Lake Avenue.
April–October hours: Open Friday – Monday each week from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Closed Tuesdays - Thursdays.

Annual Advanced Breast Cancer Symposium - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Friday, April 7, 2017, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.
"Tools for the Journey." Reception immediately following. Questions? Please call our office at 585-473-8177.

2017 Parkinson Symposium - National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester

Saturday, April 8, 2017
2017 Parkinson Symposium
Save the Date!

2017 NY Statewide Preservation Conference-Landmark Society of Western New York

Thursday - Saturday, April 6, 7, and 8, 2017. Full conference registration includes Thursday walking tours followed by a Cocktail pour Meet & Greet..
Visit for complete,up-to-date information on event locations, hotel accommodations, and other details; or call 585-546-7029 x11 for a paper registration form.
Early Bird registration (until March 15) $75 per person. March 15 to March 31, $89 per person.

Stand Against Racism - YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Friday, April 28, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. until noon, at the Raddison Rochester Riverside, 120 E. Main St., Rochester.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM         Breakfast Panel theme of “Building Inclusive Communities.”
Optional Workshops (Eight Different Workshops Available
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM       Four workshops related to the breakfast panel theme.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM     Four workshops related to the breakfast panel theme.
More details to follow shortly!
The Stand Against Racism is an annual community-wide event dedicated to building awareness about racism. We reach out to businesses, schools, houses of worship, organizations, and government agencies to create greater awareness and to encourage conversations about race and equity. 

Angels of Mercy 10th Annual Pasta Dinner - Angels of Mercy, Inc.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 from1:00 to 5:00 pm at Eastridge High School, 2350 East Ridge Road, Rochester 14622.

Save the Date • Spread the Word • Invite Your Friends
Entertainment, Raffles, 50/50 Drawings
Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children 10 and under; children under 3 are FREE.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 585-730-4556.

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CAPs Annual Derby Party and 45th Anniversry Celebration - Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.

Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6 to 10 pm, at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 Main Street, Rochester 14604 COST: $100 per person. Early bird special: 10% off when you purchase 2 or more tickets by March 13. A table of 8 is $720 with early bird special.
REGISTER: 585-232-5110 (ask for David), or
Children Awaiting Parents (CAP)’s annual Derby Party will be bigger and better than ever, celebrating 45 years of finding homes for waiting foster children! CAP’s Kentucky Derby style gala will feature CAP’s version of a horse race game, silent auction, live music, dancing, mint juleps, and a sit-down dinner.
The event will recognize Don Alhart, of WHAM-13 ABC, for helping CAP’s waiting youth find adoptive homes for over 30 years through a weekly segment called “Friday’s Child”.  CAP will also honor one of our founders and longtime supporters for 45 years of championing the cause of foster youth.
Emcees Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters of 98.9 the Buzz and race caller Tony Calo from Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack will make CAP’s Derby Party an exciting event you won’t want to miss!

RAIHN Car City Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017, from  5:00 pm Saturday to 7:30 am Sunday, at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., Rochester.
Car City gives the community an opportunity to learn about family homelessness in a meaningful, hands-on way by sleeping overnight in their cars.  Similar to the idea of a walk-a-thon, participants in Car City raise a registration fee plus pledges to benefit the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN).   

 This year's program will include a panel of RAIHN graduates willing to share their experiences about their time in our shelter. In addition, we will have photography by Michele Ashlee, dinner provided by Tasteful Connections, a car decorating contest, Car-aoke and Photo Booth Fun by Creekside Entertainment, Bedtime Yoga by Drish Ti Yoga, and much more!    REGISTRATION = $30 ADULT or $15 YOUTH (12-18 YEARS)

Online registration opens February 15.  Raise funds on your individual fundraising page or team page by sharing on social media with friends and family.  Paper pledge forms are available for soliciting off-line donations.  Raise a minimum of $50 and earn a Car City T-Shirt!
"Virtual” participants (raise funds and attend the event, but sleep at home) also welcome! This is a great events for congregational youth groups, high school service groups or clubs, civic organizations, co-workers, and families.
For more information, or
contact or call 585-506-9050. 

Mother's Day Pink Ribbon Run & Family Fitness Walk - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Genesee Valley Park, Roundhouse Pavilion. Save the date!
Previous year's information (subject to change):
Join us on Mother’s Day at lovely Genesee Valley Park! The race and walk routes provide scenic views of the Genesee River and Erie Canal.
Event Day Registration 7:15 am.
Family Fitness Walk begins 9:00 am. (Men, women, children welcome.)
5K Race begins 9:30 am. (WOMEN ONLY RACE)
Registration in advance $20. Day of Event $30. Fees waived for those raising $50 or more in pledges.
Registration forms at the Coalition, 1048 University Avenue. 
Pre-register at the Coalition: May 10,11, 12 (8 am to 7 pm), or May 13 (8 am to noon).
Or register online at Click on 'Events.'

Open Door Mission 17th Annual Golf Classic - Open Door Mission, Inc.

Monday, May 22, 2017, at Midvale Country Club.
9 am    Registraton / Putting Contest / Silent Auction
11 am  Shotgun Start /  Lunch
5 pm   Dinner / Silent Auction / Awards / Raffle
$195 per player.
Players and Sponsors registration at

Lollypop Fairytale Ball - Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Saturday, June 10, 2017. Save the Date!
Join us for an enchanted evening to create fairytale endings for Rochester's animals.

'Tee'd Off at Breast Cancer' Golf Tournament - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Monday, July 24, 2017, at Brook-Lea Country Club, 891 Pixley Road, Rochester, NY 14624.
Prepare to enjoy an afternoon of golf followed by an awards dinner with prizes, good food, and great fun!
Mre info later at (585) 473-8177 for more information, or visit our website at

2nd Annual Patrick Carr Memorial Golf Tournament - CURE Childhood Cancer Association

Monday, July 24, 2017. Save the Date!
For more information, visit

ARTrageous Affair Breast Cancer Gala - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Saturday, October 14, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 70 State Street.
Celebrate with the Coalition at one of the largest fundraisers of the year.
Black (or Pink) tie optional • Cocktails & Silent Auction • Dinner, Live Auction, Entertainment.
Artwork & more from the Rochester area and beyond offered at both silent and live auctions. 
For tickets and sponsorship Information later at or call 585-473-8177.

9th Annual Recipe for a Cure Sunday Brunch. - CURE Childhood Cancer Association

Saturday, October 15, 2017. Save the Date!
For more information, visit

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Trolley Car Restoration - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays throughout the year, at the Museum, 6393 E. River Road, West Henrietta, NY.
Museum volunteers are restoring several antique trolleys for operation on the museum's rail line. View the progress as we bring a 1914 interurban car and a 100-year-old Rochester streetcar back to life!
Available during our regular operating hours, 11 am to 5 pm, Sundays only. Included in the regular admission price. See
for more information.


Parkinson Foundation Activities - National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester

Activities presented by the National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester
 to benefit those affected by Parkinson's disease (Various days Monday - Saturday) include support groups, the Parkinson Cafe, seminars, fitness classes, and non-contact boxing lessons.
For dates, times and locations, go to


Hearing Loss Association of America Monthly Meetings - Hearing Loss Association of America - Rochester Chapter

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, September through June, 11:00 am and 7:00 pm.
(Note: The September meeting is held the second Tuesday of the month.) Meetings are at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY 14607. For more information, email us at, visit our website:, or call (585) 266-7890.


Support Group for Breast Cancer Survivors and Patients - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

The first and third Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, 840 University Avenue (between Culver and Goodman). This is an open support group  -- 
No RSVP required!
Questions? Please contact the BCCR office at (585) 473-8177.


Friday Sale At St. Michael's Church - St. Vincent DePaul Society/St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Conference

Every Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at The St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall, 124 Evergreen St. (Church location: behind 869 Clinton Avenue near corner of Clifford Avenue.) Includes antiques, collectibles, athletic equipment, electronics, and other items that are not basic household items. Quality merchandise at bargain prices. Proceeds raised at the sale go to support the St. Vincent De Paul Ministry to help the poor in our parish live a better life.


Village History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Third Saturday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former U.S. Customs House, 10 Latta Rd. corner of River Street, Rochester 14612. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Bring in any items petaining to Charlotte that you would like to show the group. (Every month except July, August, and December.)

Marine History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Second Saturday of the month, from 10:00 am to 12 noon, at The Former Customs House, 10 Latta Rd., at the corner of River Street. Rochester, NY 14612.  THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Presentation by the Marine History Group of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. The Presentation will be followed by a round robin. Bring your thoughts about Marine History for group discussion. (Every month except July, August, and December.)

Electronics Recycling (Monthly) - St. Vincent DePaul Society/St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Conference

Two Saturdays per month, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, See our website at for dates, Location is The St. Vincent DePaul Store in the basement of St. Michael's Hall, 124 Evergreen St. See Friday listing for details.