Rochester's Community Wishbook –


2018 - 2019 Special Events Calendar
  Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

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

Agencies: To list YOUR 2017 events, send info to

Page Last updated
September 29, 2018
Please check back often..

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


Halloween Trolley Express - New York Museum of Transportation

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, W. Henrietta, NY
All aboard this Halloween special!  Children and their parents are encouraged to wea their Halloween costumes and join us for a special day at the transportation museum.  The trolley takes you to the Pumpkin Patch where you'll decorate a free baby pumpkin and enjoy delicious complimentary cider and donuts.  In the museum there's unique trick-or-treating in Halloween-decorated trolley cars!
Special hours and prices prevail and reservations are required.
For details: 585-533-1113 or

!6th Annual Wine, Dine & Share Masquerade Ball - Dimitri House

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 5:30 to 10:00 pm, at Memorial Art Gallery, Cutler Union, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
Silent auction  •  Featuring DJ Reign  •  Complimentary beverage  •  Wine raffle • Appetizers and grazing stations   
Bring your dancing shoes!
$65 early bird tickets (by September 21)  •  $75 tickets (after September 21)
Reserve your tickets today at 585-325-1796 or online at

16th Annual Dimitri House Wine, Dine, & Share Masquerade Ball - Dimitri House

Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Memorial Art Gallery Cutler Union, 500 University Avenue.
Featuring DJ Reign, complimentary beverage, silent auction, wine raffle, appetizers and grazing station by Brown Hound Catering. Bring your dancing shoes.

Click to Register Online , or click here to print an RSVP.  You can also  register by phone by calling Dimitri House st
585-325-1796.  If you are on our mailing list you'll also receive an invitation in the U.S. Mail.  
Please RSVP by September 21st for early bird pricing of $65 per person. 
After September 21 tickets will  be $75 per person. 
Looking forward to seeing you there!

"Wonderful Williams!" - Penfield Symphony Orchestra

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Penfield High School Auditorium located at 25 High School Drive, Penfield NY.
Celebrate a selection of movie themes composed or arranged by John Williams. He created film scores for Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, etc.
Tickets: $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens 60 and over; free for students with a student ID.
Tickets are available on line at, by phone at 585-872-0774, at all area Wegmans, the Penfield Recreation Department, Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the conceert.

Annual Fall Breakfast - St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at The Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality, The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street, Rochester. Minimum suggested donation is $5 per person.
Full breakfast includes 2 eggs your way, home fries, sausage or bacon, toast, juice, and an endless cup of coffee.
Contact: Katherine McCormick at 585-325-5260 or

Euchre Tournament - Hope Hall

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Hope Hall School, 1612 Buffalo Rd., Rochester, NY 14624
To benefit Hope Hall School. NOTE NEW TIMES THIS YEAR.
Registration: begins at 5:00 pm
Games begin promptly at 5:30 pm
For more information, call Mrs. Tronolone at 585-426-0210 x102.

Fall Foliage by Trolley - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays, September 23 through October 28, 2018 at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, W. Henrietta, NY
Enjoy the beauty of autumn in western New York from the window of an authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car.  Trolley rides operate throughout the day starting at 11:30 am; last departure is at 4:00 pm.
No reservations are required.
Free with admission to the Museum.
Admission: $8 for Family; $7 for Seniors over 65; $6 for Youth ages 3 through 12.
For details: 585-533-1113 or
Museum is opened from 11 am to 5 pm.

Daystar's Annual "Love Shines" Recognition Lunch - /.html

Thursday, October 30, 2018, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at Monroe Golf Club, 155 Golf Avenue, Pittsford.
Tickets are $50 per person, and $500 for a table of 10.
Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.
Register online at

Thanksgiving Basket Program - Dimitri House

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, is the last day to sign up for the Dimitri House Thanksgiving Basket Program. 

Dimitri House is seeking individuals and organizations to bring the spirit of Thanksgiving to Rochester families in need. Sponsor a food drive at the office or with family. A great way to kick off the season of giving.   
Sign up by October 31.   Basket deliveries in November.    
For information, contact Heidi Markham at 585-325-1796 or email to
To serve our neighbors in need with love and acceptance, joining them on their journey toward self-sufficiency.


Donation Days - Ronald McDonald House

Wednesdays and Thursdays, from now through Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Medley Centre Parkway, ground floor of Macy's in Medley Centre, Irondequoit.

Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm
Thursdays from 2 pm to 7 pm

We are incredibly grateful for our donors.  Bring your new, almost new, gently used items and antiques to The Sale.  Click here for donation tips and our list of unaccepted goods.

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Saint's Place 20th Anniversary Celebration - /.html

Saturday, November 3, 2018, at St. Louis Church campus, 64 S. Main St., Pittsford, NY 14532.
4:30 pm - A special celebratory mass at St. Louis Church.
5:45 pm - Doors open to Reddington Hall.
                Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks available all evening.
7:00 pm - Program featuring refugees Obaida Omar and Tek Acharya. 
               Drum Corps performance. 
               Drawing for 2019 Subaru Outback (3-year lease). Raffle tickets $50 each.
Event tickets $75 each. Go to
Sponsorships available. Contact Jean Sutter at 585-355-1457 or

2018 Beaujolais Nouveau Fundraiser to Benefit Ronald McDonald House - Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 5:30 to 9 pm at the Strathallan Hotel, City View Ballroom, 550 East Avenue.
Tickets are advance sale only and can be considered a tax deductible donation! 
Price:  $30/ticket; or ONLY $25 per person for each group of 10! Purchase tickets early. This event sells out every year!
Sponsorships Available!
Tickets and sponsorships contact is Jill Orologio at 585-241-7111 or

The Sale - Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Medley Centre Parkway, ground floor of Macy's in Medley Centre, Irondequoit.

Chili & Chowder Fest and Basket Raffle - Arc of Genesee Orleans

Saturday, November 17, 2018,  from 10 am to 1 pm at 38 Woodrow Road, Batavia, NY.
Admision is free. NOTE: There is an early bird sale on Friday, November 16 from 4pm to 7pm.
There are over 100 baskets to try to win as well as food sales including chili, soup and toasted cheese made by our culinary arts program. All proceeds benefit programs and services for Arc of Genesee Orleans. 

For more information, contact Shelley Falitico at 585.343.4203 ext. 222, or

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Holly Trolley Rides - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays, December 2, 9, and 16, 2018 at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, W. Henrietta, NY. Santa may still use reindeer power, but sometimes he joins you to enjoy a ride on our authentic 90-year-old electric trolley car, recalling another time when families rode trolleys to do their holiday shopping in the city. The museum will be decorated for the holiday, and the museum's large model railroad will be running three trains at once.  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and there's free hot chocolate and cookies for all!

For details: 585-533-1113 or

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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


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.