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Ugly Disco Celebrates Groovy Decade of Giving

Monday, March 04, 2013

Dressed in vibrant bell-bottoms, afros, pink wigs, and platform shoes, Ugly Disco attendees have a history of going all-out to raise money for Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Set for March 9, this year’s 10th anniversary party will be groovin’ from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, with live tunes from the Atlas Band, The Skycoasters, Fever – The Wrath of Polyester, and a number of DJ-spun hits. Other attractions include Twister, performances by The Village Guys, an appearance by a special celebrity guest, and more.

Over the past ten years, the Ugly Disco has raised thousands of dollars for the children’s hospital. Last year alone, the event raised $28,500 in support of the Pediatric Supportive Care Program and the Bright Eyes Fund, both run by David Korones, M.D., pediatric oncologist at Golisano Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will also benefit these pediatric programs. Designed to help patients’ pain and symptom management, the Pediatric Supportive Care program provides patient-and family-centered care for those experiencing serious illness. Also focused on improving patient care, the Bright Eyes Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund was established to help fund educational and research efforts, and to enhance diagnostic and treatment options for patients with cancerous brain tumors. Both programs are part of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s current $100 million capital campaign.

The campaign, which launched publicly in October 2011, supports major enhancements to pediatric programs and a new children’s hospital. The effort is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s $650 million campaign and the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

The Ugly Disco team has also committed a generous $100,000 for the future children’s hospital. $20,000 of the funds raised at this year’s event will go toward fulfilling the pledge, with the remaining resources supporting Korones’ programs.

“Our whole committee enjoys raising money for such a great cause,” said RE/MAX Plus partner and Ugly Disco co-founder, Alan Wood. “The key is – we all have an absolute blast with the planning, promoting, and running of the event.”

Having started out with about 800 attendees, the event now attracts nearly 4,000 people, all of which are sure to catch Saturday night fever at this discothèque.

Tickets for the event can be purchased on Ticketmaster and at area Wegmans. For more information, visit

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