Holiday Gifts and Events Open their Hearts to Children’s Hospital

November 05, 2008

Choose from a variety of fun family activities this holiday season to support Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.

This holiday season, there are many ways to show you care to loved ones and also provide support for children in need. Whether it be buying unlimited supplies of coffee for co-workers or attending holiday performances with family, there are a slew of gifts and events that promise to spark holiday spirit during this special time of year.

Gifts for Children Help Support Others

Plush stuffed animals and fun books are always great gifts for kids, especially when they’re $5 each. Rochester-area Kohl’s department stores are selling these wonderful gifts with an extra perk: 100 percent of funds go to support Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Money from the sales goes to Kohl’s Cares for Kids, a new program through Injury Free Coalition for Kids that puts together bicycle safety events for kids in the Rochester area.

Give Out Cards from the Heart this Season

What could capture the meaning of the holidays more than a card that comes from the heart? This year, Golisano Children’s Hospital is offering holiday cards designed by four of its patients. Each package, containing 10 cards, features one of the four designs and costs $10. Orders can be placed by calling (585) 273-5948. The cards are also available at all Rochester-area Tops locations through the holiday season.

A Bottomless Mug Brings Funds to Kids

Everyone appreciates a good cup of coffee. Tack on a mug, unlimited refills and donation towards kids’ health to make a perfect holiday gift that keeps on giving. Starting Saturday, Nov. 1, and through December, all Panera Bread stores in the Rochester area will be selling coffee mugs to help Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Last year, Panera Bread raised more than $8,000! Coffee mugs will be on sale for $6.99 and $2 from each coffee mug sale goes to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. Purchasing a mug entitles you to unlimited coffee refills at Panera Bread through Dec. 31. Coffee mugs are on sale while supplies last. Visit your local Panera Bread store for more information.

Kids Can Show Off Talents to Loved Ones

Calling all children! Kids are welcome to come perform in the second annual Holiday Talent Showcase, located at University of Rochester Alumni and Advancement Center at 300 East River Road. Sure to be an excellent time for the whole family, parents, friends, and family members are invited to attend. The show starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $10 each. Children under 5 get in free. All proceeds go to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, please contact Ida Wheeler at iwheeler@alumni.rochester.edu or (585) 273-5907.

Nutcracker on Ice Offers Inexpensive Family Fun

For the past three years, children have put on one of the season’s favorite shows for the benefit of their peers at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The show begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the ESL Sports Centre on 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road. After the performance, everyone in the audience is invited to get on the ice themselves for an open skate for $5 per person. (Skate rental is not included.) Start making this low-cost, family-friendly event a tradition in your home coming to enjoy this year’s performance. Advance tickets are $8 for adults (9 years old and older) and $5 for children (8 years old and younger); tickets for then become $10 and $7, respectively, at the door. For more information, call ESL at (585) 424-4625.

Rainbow Classic Rivalry Rattles the Crowd and Raises Funds

Longstanding rivalries are always the most fun to be part of. Come see the Pittsford Sutherland girls’ team will duke it out at 6 p.m. with the Pittsford Mendon girls’ team, followed at 8 p.m. by the boys’ basketball game at the Rainbow Classic, a favorite annual event. For the past eight years, proceeds from the game have gone to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong in memory of Katelyn Pasley and Ryan McCluski. The game will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at the University of Rochester in Palestra on River Campus. Last year, the event raised an incredible sum of $24,800! For more information, call Scott Barker at (585) 218-1062.

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