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
September 16, 2017
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See Recurring (Year-Round) Events for events that are held every month..


8th Annual Reaching for the Starz Golf Tournament - Norman Howard School

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Webster Golf Club.
1:30pm shotgun start   $105/player
Proceeds benefit The Norman Howard School!
For more information call 585.210.4721 or visit

Children's Institute presents KIDS & TRUCKS - Children's Institute

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm (10 to 3 on Sunday), at the Frontier Field VIP Lot.
Looking for something special your children and grandchildren will enjoy? Plan to visit the KIDS & TRUCKS event where children can climb aboard and explore all types of vehicles. Proceeds to benefit Children's Institute, a national not-for-profit organization focused on improving the lives of children by strengthening their social and emotional health.New this year: KIDS & TRUCKS is a family-friendly event that allows children and adults to experience a variety of trucks up close - kids can crawl into the cab and beep the horn! New this year: horn-free hour, Sunday 10-11am,
Price: $5 General Admission / $20 Family Pass (families with 5 or more members). After Sept. 22nd - $7.50 / $30. FREE for children ages 2 and under. Tickets available at, at the gate, and at all area Wegmans.


Empowering Women Luncheon - YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Keynote speaker: Sonia Manzano, "Maria from Sesame Street" and influential Latina.

Tickets  •  Table of 10: $650  •  Individual: $65.
For more information or to purchase your table. Contact  the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County today
at 585-368-2261 or

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.

Fall Household Sale Shopping Days - Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 12 pm to 7 pm (Donor Pre-Sale) 
   Need a donor ticket to enter.

Wednesday, September 27, from 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday, September 28, from 10 am to 7 pm (25% off sale)
Friday, September 29, from 10 am to 7 pm (50% off sale)
Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 3 pm (75% off sale)

Shop our Fall Household Sale for specially selected merchandise and get all of the great bargains you love. 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.

17th Annual Camp Good Days and Special Times Wine Auction Dinner – - Camp Good Days & Special Times

Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 5:30 to 10:30 pm at the Holiday inn, Rochester Downtown.
The annual Wine Auction Dinner is one of Camp Good Days & Special Times’ largest annual fundraisers. Every year around 400 guests come to the event.
The Wine Auction Dinner works along side with our yearly Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, where judges come from all over the world to judge the endless numbers of wine that are entered each year. At the Wine Auction Dinner guest get to enjoy wine tastings from all of the medal winning wines, as well as participate in our, live auction, silent auction, and a sit-down dinner. All proceeds go to Camp Good Days. More information and tickets can be purchased at

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ARTrageous Affair Breast Cancer Gala - Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Saturday, October 14, 2017 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

An Evening in Paris - Dimitri House

Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 5 to 9 pm, at the Memorial Art Gallery, Cutler Union, 500 University Avenue, Rochester 14607: The 15th Annual Dimtri House Wine, Dine and Share Dinner/ Auction.
$125 per person. Black tie optional.
Raservations: call 585-325-1796 or visit the Dimitri House website.

2017 Pasta Dinner - Notre Dame Learning Center, Inc.

Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 12 noon to 3 pm at St. Jude the Apostle Parish Hall, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester, NY 14606.
Tickets: $10 for adults, free for children age 10 and under.
Reservations needed by Thursday, October 12.
Take-out and Gluten-free available.
Tel: 585-254-5110

Annual Fall Breakfast - St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center

Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality, The Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street, Rochester.
Suggested minimum donation $5.00 per person.
Full breakfast including 2 eggs cooked your way, home fries, sausage or bacon, toast, juice, and an endless cup of coffee.
Reservations recommended but not required. Pre-pay by contacting Katherinr McCormick  at  585-325-5260.

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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.