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2022 Special Events

Rochester-area events that benefit local charities.

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OCTOBER 2022 EVENTS back to top

16th Annual Empowering Women Luncheon - YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Wednesday, October 6, 2022, from noon to 1:30 pm at Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Keynote speaker: ILYASHA SHABAZZ.

As we celebrate the collective mission impact of activists and allies, we invite you to join us once again as a courageous partner in our mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Keynote speaker Ilyasah Shabazz, award-winning author, speaker and educator, has spoken to audiences around the world spreading the legacy of her parents, world renowned civil rights activists, Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.
A short video will be premiered celebrating the 100th anniversary of YWCA’s historic Clarissa Street Branch for Colored Women in the Third Ward Historic District.
Sponsorship Opportunities available.

Rochester Walk to End Alzheimer's - Alzheimer's Association

Saturday, October 8, 2022 at Frontier Field.

The Rochester Walk to End Alzheimer's is our largest fundraiser of the year for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

We can't do an event like the Walk to End Alzheimer's without the support of amazing people like you! We are looking for volunteers to help on Walk Day, October 8, at Frontier Field. Day of event volunteer time slots begin at 7am and end by noon; and there are a wide variety of projects and areas to help with throughout the morning.  If you are available to help any time during that time frame, please register here:  and/or contact Bonnie Webster at or (585) 257-4472. 


Tracking Fall Foliage by Trolley - New York Museum of Transportation
Sundays Only, October 9, 16, 30, 2022, at the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, W. Henrietta, NY. A great way for families to enjoy the colors of an upstate autumn is from the windows of a vintage electric trolley car at the New York Museum of Transportation in Rush, NY. 

Rides operate the specified Sundays only, and are included free with admission to the museum. The 20-minute rides depart at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. No reservations needed

While the rides are a highlight for visitors, large model railroads, numerous full-size trolley cars, a steam locomotive, antique trucks and cars, horse-drawn vehicles, and smaller artifacts provide a rich, hands-on experience that appeals to kids and older folks alike. The museum's newest exhibit features Rochester's Midtown Plaza Monorail.

The New York Museum of Transportation is conveniently located 20 minutes south of Rochester at 6393 East River Road (Thruway Exit 46, I-390 south to exit 11, NY Rt. 251 West, then 1 mile north on East River Road). Family friendly admission for the entire experience is just $10 adults, $9 seniors over 65, and $6 youths age 3 through 12.

(585) 533-1113

The ACTober Online Auction IS OPEN NOW! - Breast Cancer Coalition
Saturday, October 1 until 6 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Don't wait - Bid on hundreds of items NOW from local artists and businesses! Experiences, artwork, jewelry, booze, and MORE, all while supporting our mission. What could be better? The online silent auction will close Oct. 11 at 6 pm. So bid high and bid often. We'll bid you a huge thank you!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the time of year when everywhere you look or listen, someone is talking about breast cancer. Yet those living with a history of breast cancer or who have otherwise been touched by the disease know that breast cancer awareness cannot be confined to a single month. People hear the words, "You have breast cancer," throughout the year. We at the Coalition are here all year long, providing support and education to those in the aftermath of a breast cancer diagnosis while funding ground-level research and advocating for this community of survivors. We are always mindful that awareness was never enough - for them and for us. That's why you'll be hearing our reference to this month as ACTober. That's not a typo. This is us... taking action. Not a day goes by when we don't count our blessings that we have a compassionate community of collaborators who join us in our mission. Because we won't rest until breast cancer is ended... for one and all.  Holly Anderson, Executive Director

Dimitri House First Fall Euchre Tournament - Dimitri House
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at VFW Post 8495, 300 Macedon Center Rd., Fairport, NY 14450.
Check in at 11:30 am. Play starts at Noon!
$26 per person includes pizza. Prizes for Top 3!
Three ways to register:

1) Call Dimitri House:  (585) 325-1796
3) Online at 

Toast for Hope Gala - Hope Hall
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Monroe Golf Club, 155 Golf Ave., Pittsford, NY 14534. 
Begins at 6pm. Black tie optional.
Dinner  •  Music & Dancing  •  Cash Bar  •  Live & Silent Auctions
Become an event sponsor or reserve your table today!
Tickets: $150 per person.
For details about table and sponsorship packages, please contact Samantha Standing at 585-426-5824 x107 or

Quilt and Silent Auction - Sunset House
October 14 & 15, 2022, at the Irondequoit Library Community Room.
Friday, October 14: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, October 15: 10 am to 2 pm
Featuring modern and vintage hand-made quilts, and a variety of arts from local artists.
Winning bids announced after 2 pm Saturday, October 15.

Walk With Willow - Willow Domestic Violence Center
Saturday, October 15, 2022, At the Stories of Strength Mural , Times Squsre Building, 45 Exchange Boulevard. Rochester 14614\
Walk with Courage, Walk with Kindness. Walk with Survivors, Walk with Willow.  
Registration opens September 9, 2022 at
 For details, events@willowcenterny,org.

Fashion Week of Rochester at the Dome Center - Center for Youth
Thursday - Saturday, October 13-15, at the Henrietta Dome Center.
This is the largest fundraising event to help Center for Youth keep their homeless shelters open.
Many Volunteers Needed October 12 -16:
To set up a tables and chairs for the show: Wednesday 9 to 4. Good for a club, team, company, or individuals. 
To reset tables and chairs, stuff goodie bags: Thursday - Saturday 9 to 4.
To help at the show: Thursday - Saturday 5:30 to 10 pm.
To tear down tables and chairs and clean up: Saturday 12 to 4 pm. Good for a club, team, company, or individuals.
If you can assist at one or more of the shifts, PLEASE contact Kathy Cummins at

Al Sigl Community WalkAbout - Al Sigl Community of Agencies
Sunday, October 23, 2022 – Al Sigl Community WalkAbout with Halloween-themed, family-friendly fun at Eastview Mall.



NOVEMBER 2022 EVENTS back to top

Seasons Readings Sale - Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
Now until November 1, 2022.  Asking donations of gently used adult and children's games in good condition for our Seasons Readings Sale. Accepting games now through November 1, 2022. Please call Christine @ 585-428-8351.



Trolley Car Restoration - New York Museum of Transportation

Sundays from April-May through October, 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.


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.


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. 
*except July, August, and December.

Village History Group - Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

(beginning in Spring) 

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 pertaining to Charlotte that you would like to show the group. (Every month except July, August, and December.)