Inaugurate 2009 by Remembering, Reflecting and Reuniting in the Name of Children

Jan. 15, 2009

Saturday, Jan. 24, Feb. 7: Second Annual Battle of the Beaks Calls Back Sports Enthusiasts

Nazareth College’s Golden Flyers will compete against local rivals, St. John Fisher Cardinals, for Nazareth’s biggest basketball competition of the year. The women’s teams will play first at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and the men’s teams will follow in this 2nd annual sporting event, which will be held at Nazareth College in Pittsford. Proceeds from admission, T-shirts, raffles and money from concession sales will all go to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Last year, the game and a semi-formal for athletes raised $17,200 for the hospital. To order tickets for the game, which are $5 each, please call Lindsay Thomas at (585) 389-2186.

A few weeks before the game at Nazareth, St. John Fisher is stepping up the competition by also raising money at the Fisher vs. Nazareth basketball game that Fisher is hosting. “I really see the battle as a combined effort between the two games,” said Mike Fahy, one of the event’s organizers. On top of donating proceeds from the gate, there will also be a 50/50 prize raffle and an event for students put on by the student athletic advisory. The women’s game will tip off and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, and the men’s game will follow at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and will go on sale beginning Thursday, Jan. 22. They can be purchased by calling Jennifer Granger at (585) 385-8315 or by visiting the Student Life Center on the St. John Fisher campus.

Saturday, Feb. 7: Reconvene to Celebrate 2008’s Miracle Kid Mason Mitchell

The 2nd annual Keeping Hope Strong event celebrates the miraculous story of Mason Mitchell, a graduate from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and survivor of CDH/ECMO. Last year, funds went toward renovating the waiting room in the NICU, to make it a more restful and comfortable space for parents. This year’s donation will benefit the Pediatric Surgery Division at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at JB Quimby’s Public House, located in the Winton-Jefferson Plaza at 3259 Winton Road South in Henrietta. A live auction will begin at 7 p.m. and live music and raffles will take place throughout the evening. Get five raffle tickets, one drink chip and an entrance into the grand prize drawing for $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Despina Mitchell at (585) 703-6088 or Scott Mitchell at (585) 703-6087. Tickets are also available at JB Quimby’s Public House.

Friday, Feb. 13: Extended Poster Contest Deadline Reminds Teens to Drive Smart

Teens have a chance to win $350 by coming up with great artwork and a catchy message to promote smart teen driving. The deadline for this contest, sponsored by Allstate, has been extended to Friday, Feb. 13. All current students in Monroe County grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. The artist of the best poster will win $350 and the winning poster will be printed and distributed throughout Monroe County. The contest is coordinated by Injury Free Coalition for Kids, based out of the Emergency Department at Golisano Children's Hospital. For more information on how to enter, what to include, and poster requirements, please email Karen Knauf at or call her at (585) 463-2957.

Friday, March 28: Reunite to Remember Taylor Brush at 7th Annual Memorial Dinner Dance

Over the past seven years, the Brush family has grown the Taylor Brush Memorial Dinner Dance, an event which honors their beloved daughter Taylor, into one of the biggest annual community fundraisers for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Hundreds have turned up in past years, and the event has raised more than $100,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital.

This year’s proceeds will go towards the Social Work Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, a department dedicated to making sure that the needs and concerns of families and children are tended to, so that they can begin to heal emotionally, as well as physically. Tickets to this year’s dinner dance are $30 per person and $50 per couple. The event will commence at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the River’s Edge Party House on 31 Paul Road. The deadline to sign up is Friday, March 13. For more information, call Jennifer Brush at (585) 544-6894. If you're not able to attend but would like to donate, please visit

Saturday, April 4: Local Crew Team Revisits Mall for 2nd Annual Row for Strong Kids

Novice and varsity-level rowers from the Pittsford Crew team will row on stationary machines to collect pledges to go, in part, to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. Come out to support the team’s efforts by stopping by the Bon-Ton Court at Eastview Mall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4. For more information, call (585) 273-5948.