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.

Agencies: To list YOUR 2017 events, send info to

Page Last updated
July 25, 2017
Please check back often..

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


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.

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Railroad Day - New York Museum of Transportation

Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 11 am to 5 pm, the New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Rd., West Henrietta, NY. celebrates the romance and history of American railroading. the admission price of $8 adults, $7 seniors age 65 +, and $6 youths age 3 – 12.  Under age 3 are free.
* Museum volunteer “Gandy Dancers” will demonstrate the work they do to maintain the tracks.
* The century-old caboose from the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad will be open to visit.]
* A classic velocipede will be on the line...can you make it go?
* Hobos will tell tales from their days “riding the rods” across the country.
* Unlimited trolley rides on the only electric trolley operation in New York State
* Door prizes, train videos, and more!
No reservations are needed, and trolley rides are included in the admission price of $8 adults, $7 seniors age 65 +, and $6 youths age 3 – 12. Under age 3 are free.
The New York Museum of Transportation is located at 6393 East River Road, just 20 minutes from downtown Rochester and easily reached from Exit 11 off I-390 • (585) 533-1113 •

Donor Dropoff Days for The 2017 Fall Household Sale - Ronald McDonald House

Saturdays, August 12 & 19, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. 
Donations Needed! Drop off your gently-used merchandise at our Sale Site at Rochester Tech Park during the hours listed above. For donation guidelines, including items we cannot accept, see
Same location as in past years: Building 2 at Rochester Tech Park, Elmgrove Road across from Total Sports Experience. Learn more at
Volunteer Help Wanted! Join the fun and become part of our “Sale Family." Volunteers are needed all year long working in our warehouse and helping out at our two sales. For more info, go to or call (585) 442-5437 x 2011.


Angels of Mercy 5K and 1-mile walk - Angels of Mercy, Inc.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Meridian Centre Park, 2025 S. Winton Rd, Rochester, NY     
A scenic 5K run and 1 mile walk encompassed by the natural beauty of Meridian Centre Park and the Historic Erie Canal.  Proceeds from this event will allow Angels of Mercy to expand their services and help STOP Human Trafficking and support women that have been victims of abuse and trafficking.
Entry Fees: $20 by August 1;  $25 August 2 through race day
Cotton t-shirt to everyone registered by midnight, August 9!!
Packet Pickup: Friday, August 25th from 10am-7pm at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory.
Race Day Schedule:
8 - 8:45 am - Registration/packet pickup;
9:00 am - 5K Run
9:10 am - 1 Mile Walk
10:00 am - Awards Ceremony
Participants who raise $100+ will receive FREE registration!!
Post-race food and beverages will be provided.
Additional race information can be found at

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"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.

Tour de Teddi - Camp Good Days & Special Times

Saturday, September 9, 2017, beginning and ending at Camp Good Days' Branchport facility,
634 W. Lake Road, Branchport, NY.

Join he fun for a 45-mile full bike tour of Keuka Lake, as well as 27-mile half tour, with the turn-around point in Hammondsport.  Last year we had over 280 riders, and we are expecting even more this year! Registration is available on our website, All proceeds go to Camp Good Days and Special Times. The race is held at 643 West Lake Road Branchport, NY 14418. Registration beings at 8:30 am and the ride begins at 10:00 am. You can find more information on the Camp Good Days website


St. Peter's Kitchen 2nd Annual Charity Tournament - St. Peter's Kitchen

Friday, September 15, 2017, at Eagle Vale Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:00 am. Tee time 12:30 pm.
Scramble format. Lunch at the Snack bar throughout the afternoon. Buffet dinner immediately after Golf (approx. 6 pm).
Tickets $125 each. Sponsorships Available. 
Please register online at by September 1, 2017.
Questions or concerns? Please contact us at 585-235-6511 or

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

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

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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.