Night of Wine and Winter Benefits Pediatric Surgery
The 400 guests at the 12th annual Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction were treated to an evening of incredible wine surrounded by a serene winter landscape in the country. The Nov. 12, 2012, black-tie event was hosted by the Wegmans and held at the Robert B. Wegman Conference Facility where the Wegmans’ organic barn was recreated in order to immerse guests in the country winter theme – without the freezing temperatures.
Every year, guests’ generosity supports crucial patient- and family-centered care and research initiatives at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). With the help of wine aficionados and supporters of Golisano Children’s Hospital and URMC, this year’s sold-out auction, chaired by Marc D. Tommasi of Manning & Napier, impressively raised more than $850,000 in net proceeds for Pediatric Surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC.
“It was a wonderful event. It was more like a fun night out than a fundraiser,” said John DiMarco II, whose family has had first-hand experience with the hospital’s pediatric surgeons. He appreciated the theme and decorations. “It was almost like you were in a Hollywood set as opposed to watching it.”
The John DiMarco family was the Fund In Need sponsor, having underwritten that portion of the evening with a $100,000 gift. DiMarco said it was important to his family to support the Pediatric Surgery program, which is one of the focus areas of the hospital’s current fundraising campaign.
Since the division’s founding in the mid-1990s, Golisano’s pediatric surgeons have saved, and changed, the lives of thousands of children. During the event, a video featured two of these children, James Daniels and Hailey Coniber, as a reminder of the remarkable work performed every day by Golisano Children's Hospital’s surgeons. While the number of seriously ill children coming here for help is increasing, there is a critical shortage of pediatric surgeons nationwide.
Funds raised during the event will help ensure that Golisano Children’s Hospital can provide the highest quality and most innovative care for children and their families, promote excellence in the pediatric surgical field, and foster a vibrant and viable community of pediatric surgeons.
“Thanks to our generous hosts, Danny and Stency Wegman, and our devoted sponsors and guests, particularly the John L. DiMarco Family and Earthlink Business, our pediatric surgeons will be able to help the most ill children not only in Rochester, but from across the Northeast,” said Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of the Medical Center.