Patient Care

Organ Donation Highlights Benefit for Harbor House Sept. 10

Aug. 11, 2016
Fundraiser supports home for people traveling to URMC for critical, transplant care

The 10th annual “And the Beat Goes On…,” benefit dinner for Rochester’s Harbor House will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Henrietta. Harbor House is a home-away-from-home for people who have traveled a long distance for UR Medicine heart and organ transplant and other critical care. 

The evening includes a grazing dinner along with raffles and auctions for artwork, golf outings, trips and jewelry. All funds will be used to keep the house, located in the Mount Hope Neighborhood, open and affordable. Organizers hope to raise $50,000 to help cover operating expenses for the year.

“Harbor House serves an important need for people traveling long distances for specialty care offered by UR Medicine caregivers,” said Rob Kochik, president of the Harbor House Board of Directors. Last year patients’ loved ones received more than 1,350 nights of rest at the home.

A highlight of the evening will be presentation of a video sharing the story of local meteorologist Scott Hetsko’s heart transplant experience at Strong Memorial Hospital, upstate New York's only heart transplant hospital. WROC Ch. 8 news anchor Maureen McGuire will address how Hetsko’s journey has raised greater awareness of the power of organ donation and the need to increase the number of organ donors on the state registry. 

Tickets are $35 before Sept. 1, or $40 if purchased later, and available at or by calling (585) 473-1779.