Strong Kids

Fairport Music Festival celebrates new hospital

Sep. 1, 2015

The Fairport Music and Food Festival - a summer favorite that benefits patients and families at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital - went back to its roots of music and shortened its name to "The Fairport Music Festival" last weekend. It was beautiful weather for the two-day event where hundreds of people from the Rochester community showed their support for sick and injured children. 

The 11th annual event featured four stages with 32 bands and food from local food trucks and nearby Fairport eateries. Kids enjoyed a rock climbing wall, a rope course, a bounce house and more.

With the support of children’s hospital advocates and the Fairport community, last year’s festival raised $134,829.15. In addition to funding multiple items in the former children’s hospital, funds from the event have also supported a new private patient room, a large nursing workstation, a pediatric playroom, and many furnishings in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“There are so many supporters of the Fairport Music Festival that it’s easy to imagine that one day they too may need the children’s hospital’s services for immediate family needs, or the needs of other friends and neighbors,” said Andy McDermott, co-founder of the festival. “If they do, we hope that they will be able to reflect happily on what their contributions through the Fairport Music Festival have brought to our community as a backdrop to the excellent care they’ll receive at Golisano Children’s Hospital.” 

Save the date for next year's event – Aug. 26 and Aug. 27, 2016!!