Community Fundraising Makes a Difference for Future Hospital

Throughout the year, community groups across Rochester hold different fundraising events in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Whether it’s $1 from every ticket sold or 100 percent of event proceeds, every amount makes a difference for our pediatric patients. Numerous community fundraising events have started out small and grown into large efforts. Many are working toward and reaching generous goals of funding rooms in the future Golisano Children’s Hospital.


Team Ali-Gaiters at the 2013 Stroll for Strong Kids

One of these events, the TNT Explosion, is holding its second annual sold-out fundraiser this Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Waterside at Pier 45. In its first year, the event raised $16,000 for the children’s hospital. This year’s event will add to that amount, bringing its organizers closer to their goal of funding a private patient room that will bear the TNT name in our future hospital.

Team Ali-Gaiters are also working toward a goal of funding a private patient room. 2012 Miracle Makers for Outstanding Committment by a Community Group, the Ali-Gaiters have held numerous fundraising events, ranging from an annual clam bake to a 5k run/walk.  After first being involved with Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Stroll for Strong Kids 5k/walk in 2003, the team was determined to do more. They are in the 2nd year of their committed five year drive and have raised over $165,000 for our pediatric patients.

Fairport Music and Food Festival organizers Andy McDermott (L) and Rob Burch (R) with Pediatrician-in-Chief Nina F. Schor

Fairport Music and Food Festival organizers Andy McDermott (L) and Rob Burch (R) with Pediatrician-in-Chief Nina F. Schor

Community fundraising events such as the annual Rainbow Classic basketball games and Fairport Music and Food Festival have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a teen lounge and a playroom in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. Both groups are on a steady climb to accomplishing their goals and providing two areas of respite for patients to enjoy.

No matter the grand total of money raised over the years, each of these groups, and more, started with a vision and were inspired to help sick and injured kids at the region’s only children’s hospital. You too can be a part of the vision and make a difference!

Naming opportunities for the future Golisano Children’s Hospital are still available and the space could be yours! Visit the “fundraise” section of our Give to Kids website to learn fundraising tips and ideas.

To learn more about naming opportunities and our future building, contact Scott Rasmussen at (585) 273-5962.

For more information on community fundraising, contact Stephanie Sheets at (585) 275-2268.

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