Rochester's Community Wishbook –


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

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Page Last updated
April 25, 2017
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See Recurring (Year-Round) Events for events that are held every month..


Stand Against Racism - YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Friday, April 28, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. until noon, at the Radisson 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. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS OR TABLES BY CLICKING HERE! 
$45 per person/$450 Table of 10   Sponsorships Available.
​Deadline for registration is April 21.
This year’s distinguished panelists:
Daan Braveman, President, Nazareth College
Paul B. Héroux,  Federal Hooan Bank of New York
Desmond Jackson, MSHA Adminisrator, Rochester Regional Health 
Wakenda K. Tyler, MD MPH, Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center
Carol Wheeler, Manager of Housing, City of Rochester
Be part of the Stand at


“The Grand Erie Canal” - New York Museum of Transportation

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd., West Henrietta, NY.
Historian and writer Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck presents a 45-minute talk about the Erie Canal and its role in settling and growing the Genesee Country, and its competition with the railroads.
Every rural and urban community has a rich local history. Historian Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck at Herons Bend Productions preserves that history through primary documents, photographs, diaries and letters. She interprets and writes about the rich heritage of New York State. 
Her 45-minute talk will present the Erie Canal as a marvel of 19th century engineering that transformed life in Genesee country.  She will also explore the relationship between the Canal and newly developed railroads that offered strong competition for both freight service and passenger travel.
“The Grand Erie Canal” presentation is free with museum admission of $5 adults and $4 youths age 3 - 12.
The New York Museum of Transportation is entirely run by volunteers and contains numerous trolley cars, a steam locomotive, horse-drawn and highway vehicles, several model railroads, and a gift shop. Entrance is at 6393 East River Road, just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester and easily reached from Exit 11 off I-390. 
(585) 533-1113

Ham Dinner to Benefit Notre Dame Learning Center - Notre Dame Learning Center, Inc.

Sunday, April 30, 2017, at St. Jude Parish Hall.
Members of the development committee are soliciting donors to place advertisements or personal messages on placemats that will be used at the dinner.  Your contribution will help us to continue our two educational programs: to serve the needs of the children of our community by providing free tutoring in reading and math to prepare young adults to receive a New York State High School Equivalency diploma.
Your contribution of $25 or more entitles you to place an ad, business card or other greeting on our Ham Dinner Placemats. Single ads are business card size, but multiple spaces may be purchased for larger ads. Please complete the portion below and return it with your check payable to Notre Dame Learning Center and your ad copy. You may also email your ad to Please note: the deadline for ad submission is April 3, 2017.

NDLC Ham Dinner Ad Reservation Form
Name/Company__________________________________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________Contact______________________________________________________
Enclosed is my check for $____________ for ________ ad spaces @ $25 per space.
_____Enclosed is my ad for the placemat.,    or    _____I will email my ad to   
Please mail to the Notre Dame Learning Center, 71 Parkway, Rochester, NY 14608.

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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The Two Bs - A Concert by the Penfield Symphony Orchrestra - Penfield Symphony Orchestra

Monday, May 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Penfield.
The concert commences with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Bernstein's works are always rhythmically challenging but eminently enjoyable. The suite highlights the main exciting and memorable themes from the stage show. Our Jo Amish Young Artist Concerto Competition Winner, Benjamin Doane, will then play the sublime first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.  The concert concludes with Brahms’ dramatic yet beautiful Symphony No. 3 in F major. 
Tickets can be ordered online at or reserved by phone at 585-872-0774. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and are available at all area Wegmans, at the Penfield Recreation Department (1985 Baird Road), at Canandaigua National Bank—Penfield Branch (1816 Penfield Road), and at the door on the night of the concert.  Students of any age with student ID may attend the concert free, so this is an ideal opportunity to bring the family along for an evening of classical entertainment. 

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra, with approximately ninety musicians, has been performing in the Greater Rochester area for the last sixty years, and under the direction of Dr. David Harman for the last sixteen years, with the goal of providing “live symphonic music close to home.”

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. 

Shop the BIG Spring Household Sale - Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 2 pm to 8 pm (Donor Pre-Sale) 
   Donor pre-sale: Need a donor ticket to enter or purchase patron ticket for $25 (admits two).
   Patron tickets are available for purchase April 11 - May 2, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, from 10 am to 7 pm 
Thursday, May 11, from 10 am to 7 pm (25% off sale)
Friday, May 12, from 10 am to 7 pm (50% off sale) 
Saturday, May 13, from 10 am to 3 pm (75% off sale)
Shop our Spring Sale for specially selected merchandise and get all of the great bargains you love. Find us in the same location as in past years, Building 2 at Rochester Tech Park, Elmgrove Road, across from Total Sports Experience.
Directions and an interactive map can be found at For Mapquest and GPS, enter East Les Harrison Drive, Rochester. For more info, go to or call (585) 442-5437 x2011.

Friends Craft & Trunk Sale - Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Irondequoit Town Hall Campus at 1280 Titus Ave.  There will be entertainment, food vendors, raffles, and bargains galore.  Crafts will be sold inside the Library, and garage sale items will be sold out of vehicle trunks that will be located on the lawn by the gazebo. Proceeds support librry programs.
For more information please visit our Facebook page at or call Dianel at 585-482-1624.  You can also email Diane at

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

Dress a Girl - Angels of Mercy, Inc.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at St. Kateri St. Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd.
YOU are invited to join us for Dress a Girl. We can't wait to see you...have lots to share. Bring yourself and a friend.
For more info please call 585-730-4556. 
Web info at

Providing handmade dresses to little girls in the US and third world countries who are at risk for being kidnapped into human trafficking is an important task which we do not treat lightly. Please join and help us protect young girls from predators by providing “God’s best Dress." Too many young girls have no one to care for them and are often abused. Our goal is to provide dignity and hope and let girls know that they are loved. The dresses are all sewn from basic material taking between an hour to an hour and half to complete one. 

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A Visit to the State Fair - St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue.
The 23rd Annual Auction & Party to benefit St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center.
$45 per person includes: spectacular hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages; silent and live auctions; music; and much more.
Call 585-325-5260 for Sponsor Opportunites, information, or preliminary reservations.

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.

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'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

Dress a Girl - Angels of Mercy, Inc.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at St. Kateri St. Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd.
YOU are invited to join us for Dress a Girl. We can't wait to see you...have lots to share. Bring yourself and a friend.
For more info please call 585-730-4556. 
Web info at

Providing handmade dresses to little girls in the US and third world countries who are at risk for being kidnapped into human trafficking is an important task which we do not treat lightly. Please join and help us protect young girls from predators by providing “God’s best Dress." Too many young girls have no one to care for them and are often abused. Our goal is to provide dignity and hope and let girls know that they are loved. The dresses are all sewn from basic material taking between an hour to an hour and half to complete one. 

Clambake and Golf Open - UR Medicine Home Care

Save the Dates!  Exciting new event; same great organization!   

Sunday, July 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, at Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road, Penfield NY 14526.
Attire: Country Club Casual.  •  Entertainment: Marty Roberts

Golf Open
Monday, July 31, 2017, at Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road, Penfield NY 14526.
11:30 am: Lunch Buffet   •   1:00 pm : Shotgun Start

Sponsorships and Hosting Opportunities available.
Presenting, Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors;
Clambake Dinner Host, Clambake Cocktail Host, Clambake Dessert Host
Golf Open: Cart , Lunch, and Hole sponsors.
Golf Foursome: $1,200  •  Single Player: $325  •  Clambake Only: $100

RSVP by Friday, July 21, 2017  
.For Additional Information Contact Amy Gush: 585.274.4301  •  •

Your support helps URMHC pioneer new models of home care, keeping our  most fragile neighbors healthy and comfortable through Meals on Wheels, Nurse Family Partnership and Hospice programming like Camp Heartstring.

"Lunch With My Sister"

Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Staybridge Suites - Rochester University, 1000 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611.
Save the Date!
Annual luncheon for women coming together for fellowship, giveaways, discussion panel. Meet women from all across the Rochester area. Be uplifted, encouraged, and empowered! Based out of Emmanuel Temple Church.
Tickets $25, available by contacting Rita Edmonds at 585-236-6918 or
We welcome all women.

Friend's Fashion Show and Brunch Event - Friends of the Irondequoit Public Library

Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Irondequoit, Public Library, 1290 Titus Ave.
Fashions by Christopher Banks; Brunch by Tasteful Connections.
For more information, please contact Sophie at 585-704-3963 or check out the Friend's Facebook page


2017 East House Celebration of Hope & Recovery Luncheon - East House

Friday, September 29, 2017, at 11:30 am at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Featured speaker: Andie MacDowell, actress, model, and advocate.
Individual reservations $75.  VIP reservations $175.
For reservations or more information, please visit  or  call 585-238-4800.

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.