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Charitable Holiday Events Helping Children’s Hospital Abound

Monday, November 26, 2007

Young "mice" skate in pinwheel formation at last year's ESL Nutcracker on Ice Holiday Show.

Fear not – though Rochester has only had measly helpings of snow, the season of giving has descended upon us with surety! Whether you’re a band groupie, basketball fan, or just need your yearly Nutcracker fix, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the holidays while also supporting the patients and families at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

Watch kids shine on stage: Talent for Tots & Teens Holiday Showcase

Loved your kid’s Christmas pageant, but still craving more? There won’t be any trios of wandering wise men or Ebenezer Scrooge epiphanies, but if you venture out at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, to 300 East River Road, you can watch Rochester’s talented youngsters performing for top honors at this fundraising talent show. Tickets are $10 per person (children 5 and younger are free) and all proceeds benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. To learn more, contact Ida Wheeler at or (585) 273-5907.

Enjoy an earful of Rochester music: 3rd annual December to Remember

Need respite from front-door carolers? On Saturday, Dec. 8, come out to Pineapple Jack’s, 507 Spencerport Road, Gates, for a night of music that works magic for hospitalized kids. The evening, beginning at 5 p.m. and runs all night long, featuring local talent from at least ten bands, ranging from rock and roll to heavy metal. Admission – a monetary donation or toy donation, collected at the door (please see for toy-giving guidelines) – will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact John Paradiso at

Watch kids skate to a ballet classic: 3rd annual Nutcracker on Ice at ESL Sports Center

Giant rats and sugar plum fairies lace up their skates, not their ballet slippers, for the Sunday, Dec. 16 “Nutcracker on Ice Holiday Show” at ESL Sports Centre. In true holiday spirit, a portion of the profits will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

The recital show begins at 2:30 p.m. in ESL Sports Centre’s Main Arena, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road, and stars dozens of performers, ranging from local beginners at the ESL’s skating school to high-lever skaters. 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.

Help yourself to some heartwarming competition: 7th annual Rainbow Classic

Tradition is king this time of year, and so, as in years past, this Pittsford Mendon and PittsfordSutherland High School basketball game, set for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the University of Rochester Palestra, River Campus, will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Funds raised honor Katelyn Pasley and Ryan McCluski, both former patients at the children’s hospital. To learn more, call the Pittsford Central School District Athletic Department at (585) 218-1062.

For more information regarding any of these special seasonal fundraisers, or to learn more about how you can make a gift to the children’s hospital this holiday season, visit or call the children’s hospital’s Office of Development and Community Affairs at (585) 273-5948.

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