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Donors Get First Look Inside New Hospital

atriumAbout 150 generous individuals who have supported building UR Medicine's new Golisano Children's Hospital got a first look inside the new building under construction Thursday evening at an event in their honor. 

As donors toured the new space they were able to see construction on each floor coming closer to completion and were given the opportunity to sign the wall where they will ultimately be recognized for their support. 

Thanks to the community's generosity and the support of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the building is within $14 million of being full funded. 

Click on the links for local media coverage of the building tour event:

Democrat & Chronicle

Channel 13

Channel 10

Channel 8

Time Warner Cable News

If interested in supporting the building and making a difference for children in our region, please call the Advancement Office at (585) 273-5948. Thank you!

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Fairport Music and Food Festival Celebrates Decade of Support

FMFFFor the past nine years, attendees of the much-anticipated Fairport Music and Food Festival have filled the village of Fairport in support of sick and injured kids at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. This year will mark the event’s 10th anniversary, with one ticket granting access to two great nights of music, food and fun. The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and continue all day Saturday, Aug. 23 at Lift Bridge Lane. Last year’s FMFF raised $120,823.14, making the event’s grand total a generous $633,672. 
In celebration of hitting the 10-year mark, festival guests will have an additional evening Friday night to enjoy live music from three bands, including the Adam Ezra Group from Boston. Saturday will feature music on four separate stages, with more than 20 local bands performing in all. Artists include Big Leg Emma, Jumbo Shrimp, Prime Time Funk, The Buzzards, The Campbell Brothers, Cowboy Mouth and many more. New this year, the Bistro at Tow Path Café is hosting a ‘Silent Disco’ from 2 to 10 p.m. Children’s hospital supporters will also have the chance to experience the “Taste of Fairport,” offering samples of signature dishes from 25 area favorites, and a Beer Garden Patio at the Fairport Brewing Company, which will also present live music. Fun for the entire family, the event also includes kids’ activities from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with an obstacle course, magician, bounce house, airbrush tattoo artist and more! 
Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate the day of the event. Kids ages 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online until midnight on Thursday, Aug. 21, and at several Fairport merchant locations until midnight on Friday, Aug. 22. 
musicThe Fairport Music and Food Festival has always focused on the greater community and was created of, by, and for the people of Rochester. Fairport residents Andy McDermott and Rob Burch founded the festival in 2005 and it has grown ever since. In addition to funding various equipment for the children’s hospital, including two Giraffe Omnibed Incubators and an anesthesia machine, donations have already been put toward areas in the future building. Funds raised from last year supported a new private in-patient room, as well as furnishings and a large nursing workstation. This year’s proceeds will go toward the pediatric playroom in the new building as well. 
"Get Down On It" at the 27th annual Gala

"Get Down On It" at the 27th annual Gala

galaThe Rochester Riverside Convention Center will be transformed into a tropical getaway for the 27th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Gala on Oct. 18. Hundreds of advocates for sick and injured children will gather for the jungle-themed black-tie fundraising affair, dedicated to advancing the future of pediatric care. Last year’s event raised $625,000 for the region’s only children’s hospital.

The Gala is the children’s hospital’s premier fundraising event. The evening, featuring live performances from international recording artists Kool & the Gang, will kick off the “celebration” and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a shortened live auction at 8 p.m.

Learn about this year's honorary chairs, our presenting sponsor, and more, on the new Gala web site, where, for the first time, you can purchase tickets and sponsorships directly.

Thank you for supporting the children's hospital as we enter our final phase of construction on the new building!

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Eddie Meath All-Stars Bond with Patients Before Big Game

Top Section V football players and cheerleaders took the time to bond with patients at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital over some Abbott's Frozen Custard on Wednesday, July 2, all before their big east vs. west Eddie Meath All-Star Game. In its 32nd year, the Eddie Meath game continues to benefit patients at the children's hospital and has raised more than $150,000.
The ice cream social event gives players and participants the chance to bond with the patients they're playing for. "You can really see the patients light up when they see the All-Stars," said Betsy Findlay, director of special events for Golisano Children's Hospital. "Every player makes it a point to make a connection with a patient and you can see in the smiles how much it truly means to both parties."
See more pictures from the players visit to the playdeck on our Facebook page and check out the news coverage from our friends at YNN, Channel 13, and Channel 10!
The 32nd annual Eddie Meath All-Star Game will kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Eastridge High School.

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2014 Miracle Weekend Celebrates "Outta Sight" Success

Stroll crowdStroll for Strong Kids Gets Groovy

More than 7,000 Golisano Children's Hospital supporters filled Genesee Valley Park May 31 for the 18th annual Stroll for Strong Kids Walk and 5K Run. The Peace, Love and Healing-themed event raised a groovy record-breaking total of $445,000 for the region's only children's hospital - and you can still donate online until June 30!
It was a beautiful day filled with wonderful people, including hundreds of teams, as well as individuals, decked out in colorful t-shirts, many honoring a special person or division of the children's hospital.
chaseCMNH Telethon Celebrates Miracles
Children and families touched by Golisano Children’s Hospital came together on June 1 to share their remarkable stories at the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Telethon, presented by Tops Friendly Markets and hosted by News10NBC.
A part of our annual Miracle Weekend, the event recognized the heart-wrenching stories of our 2014 Miracle Kids, as well as those from past years and other supportive and grateful patient families. Co-hosted by News10NBC anchors Nikki Rudd, Lia Lando, Brett Davidsen and Scott Kilbury, the Telethon also allowed time to acknowledge the hard work our CMNH sponsors have put in over the past year, revealing their different fundraising totals throughout the day.