Zicari Named Chair of Wilmot Cancer Center Board, 8 Others Join

September 25, 2007

Wilmot Cancer Center Board Chair Bruce Zicari

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center Board named Bruce B. Zicari II to serve as chair and added eight new members:  James T. Rudgers, Elaine Del Monte, Carol Mullin, Rina Chessin, Michael Linehan, Ronald Maggio, Donald Rhoda and Paul “PJ” Wilmot.

As Chair, Zicari’s primary goal will be to see completion of the Wilmot Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Campaign to raise $42.5 million to support the expansion of local cancer care and research and construct a new facility, which is underway . So far $31 million has been raised.

“We must also continue to be goodwill ambassadors and get the word out to our community about this new state-of-the-art facility and the extraordinary opportunities it offers for outstanding cancer treatments and research,” Zicari says.

A partner with The Bonadio Group, Zicari’s family founded Nancy & Friends Fighting Cancer, Inc., when his sister, Nancy Zicari-Infantino, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She passed away in 2002, leaving behind a husband and four young children.  The foundation supports the Wilmot Cancer Center.

He has served on the Wilmot Cancer Center Board since 2004 and was an active Discovery Ball organizer.  He is also involved with Rochester Italian Charities, Special Olympics Genesee Region, Mercy Outreach Center, the Foundation for Charitable Giving, and the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.

In addition, eight others joined the board:

James T. Rudgers, executive vice president and chief of community banking for Five Star Bank, joined to honor relatives and friends who have endured cancer diagnoses and care.  The Geneseo resident also serves on the Genesee Community College Foundation.

Elaine Del Monte was inspired by news of the local advances in cancer care and research when she learned the background of the new cervical cancer vaccine.  Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center developed the key component of the new Gardasil vaccine to prevent infection with the human papilloma virus.  Del Monte, who lives in Brighton, is also active with the Rochester City Ballet.

Breast cancer survivor Carol Mullin was appointed to the board to advance her commitment to breast cancer research.  As an active member of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, she’s supported local research into the disease. A retired lawyer, Mullin is also active with the Landmark Society of Western New York and lives in Brighton.

Rina Chessin of Brighton joined the board after seeing the dedication and compassion of Wilmot doctors, nurses and support staff when they cared for her father, Michael Futerman, founder of Hahn Automotive. Chessin’s family recently donated $250,000 to the Wilmot Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Campaign and by joining the board she further demonstrates her support for the organization.  She is active in the Jewish Community Federation, Center for Holocaust Awareness, Jewish Education Committee and the American Red Cross.

Webster’s Ron Maggio has been volunteering to support fundraising activities, such as Scooper Bowl, Cenzi Motorcycle Ride for Cancer and Discovery Ball, and was willing to step up his efforts in support of Wilmot by joining the Board.  Owner of Ron Maggio Associates insurance sales, he is also active with the Upstate New York Bonsai Society and the CASA Golf Charity Auction.  He has supported the Golisano Children’s Hospital, McQuaid Jesuit High School, St. Salome’s Church, and Irondequoit Pop Warner.

Michael Linehan, president and owner of Camille’s Sidewalk Cafés, has been involved with the Wilmot Cancer Center for many years, because of the family connection – the facility is named after his grandfather. Linehan has been involved with planning the Discovery Ball and is committed to seeing the Cancer Center continue to grow. He lives in Rochester.

Donald Rhoda, owner of The Red Barn Gentlemen’s Apparel in Pittsford Plaza, is a member of the Wilmot Campaign Steering Committee. He and his wife, Pamela, were co-chairs of the 2006 Discovery Ball and the Pittsford resident is also a supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation and George Eastman House.

Paul “PJ” Wilmot is president of Wilmorite Inc., and wants to follow in his grandfather’s and parent’s footsteps in lending support to find a cure for cancer. The Pittsford resident is a member of the Wilmot Comprehensive Campaign Steering Committee and been a strong supporter of the Discovery Ball and other major fund-raisers for the Wilmot Cancer Center.

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