Wilmot Cancer Center Supporters Fete Building, Campaign Progress

May 10 Discovery Ball Marks Advances in Patient Care, Research for Cures

May 08, 2008

On Saturday evening, more than 1,100 people will toast the generosity of Western New Yorkers who’ve helped fund construction of the new James P. Wilmot Cancer Center building on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus. The celebration will cap the Cancer Center’s ninth annual Discovery Ball at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The new Center’s opening on Monday, May 19, culminates years of planning, fundraising and construction, and promises new opportunities for advances in patient care, collaboration in the region, and cutting-edge research for cures.

“This new facility is what people with cancer deserve – an environment for cancer care that matches the quality of care they receive from the expert team at the Wilmot Cancer Center,” said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director for the past seven years.

The new, four-story, 164,000-square-foot facility is located at the corner of East Drive and Crittenden Boulevard, serving as an anchor to the Medical Center complex.

The Discovery Ball, Wilmot’s signature, black-tie fundraiser, begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by an elegant four-course dinner and then dancing to music by Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.

“The theme for the evening will be celebration of the great accomplishments of the many people who have helped make the new building a reality,” said Thomas F. Judson Jr., who is chairing the event with his wife, Ebets. Judson is president of The Pike Co., which led the construction of the new building.

“This is a perfect time to reflect on the progress that we’ve made in helping people with cancer and the progress that will be made in the future in this wonderful facility.”

Longtime individual and corporate supporters will be recognized for their contributions to the Wilmot Comprehensive Campaign to raise $42.5 million. To date, more than $38 million has been raised and campaign volunteers, led by co-chairs Judy Wilmot Linehan and Jim Ryan Jr., are working diligently to complete the campaign.

Throughout the campaign, generous donations have come from more than 6,000 people. Major gifts have been received from the Wilmot family, carrying on the legacy of patriarch James P. Wilmot, for whom the center is named. Leadership gifts have been received from John W. “Jack” Rowe, M.D., a 1970s alumnus of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harold and Joan Feinbloom, Henry and Dorothy Hansen, and the Davenport-Hatch Foundation.

The Wilmot Cancer Center is the leader for cancer care and research in the Finger Lakes region. The Center has a team of more than 400 doctors, nurses, scientists and staff working together to provide the highest quality care and research for cures. For more information, go to www.wilmotcancercenter.com.


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