First “Night for Noyes” Raises $170,000 for New Cancer Center
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Gunlocke Pledge of $75,000 Takes Cancer Center Capital Campaign over the Top
Saunders Donation of $150,000 to Provide New State-of-the-Art Imaging Systems for Diagnostic Use
The sold-out “Night for Noyes” at Nugget Hill Event Center in Wayland on Saturday night (October 15), hosted by the Noyes Health Foundation and Noyes Health Auxiliary, raised $170,000 for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, currently under construction on the UR Medicine / Noyes Health campus in Dansville.
In addition to the funds raised that evening, Amy Pollard, CEO of UR Medicine / Noyes Health announced that the capital campaign for the cancer center surpassed its goal of $2.5 million with a $75,000 gift from Gunlocke. Gunlocke vice president Tim Costello was there to share the news of the company’s donation, saying “This represents Gunlocke’s on-going commitment to the health of our employees and this community.”
In addition, businessman and philanthropist Phil Saunders told the sold-out crowd he and his wife Carol will make a $150,000 donation to UR Medicine / Noyes Health’s radiology department for a new digital radiology room and DXA bone scanner.
“We are so grateful to everyone who made the ‘Night for Noyes,’ such a success” said Pollard, “and to all those who have given so generously to the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center capital campaign. We are blessed to be a part of a community that demonstrates over and over again that they value what we are doing to bring the best in cancer care and healthcare in general closer to home.”
The $2.5 million capital campaign for the new cancer center began two years ago with a $2 million pledge from local philanthropists Ann and Carl Myers. When it opens early next year, the Cancer Center will provide patients in New York’s Genesee Valley, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier more convenient access to much-needed, comprehensive, state of-the-art cancer care. The project is a collaboration of UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute (Rochester), Noyes Health (Dansville) and Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville), and will serve as a hub for regional oncology services.
The project includes a 4,500 square foot lower level addition which will house a radiation oncology clinic, and a 2,300 square foot medical oncology clinic featuring three exam rooms and seven chemotherapy/infusion chairs in renovated and new first-floor space. The regional cancer center will also provide patients with access to services including advanced diagnostic testing, clinical trials, outpatient palliative care, and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. Physicians at the cancer center and medical oncology clinic at Jones will have access to UR Medicine’s region-wide electronic medical record system and regular consultations with multidisciplinary teams focused on cancer.
“Night for Noyes” featured ticket, silent and live auctions of a variety of items donated by area businesses, Auxiliary members and Noyes Health employees and volunteers. Dr. David Dougherty, director of UR Medicine / Wilmot Cancer Center’s regional cancer program, spoke about the services the area’s patients will access through the Cancer Center’s unique partnership. Cancer survivors Meghan Lowell and Katie Brice spoke eloquently about how the new cancer center will make it easier for cancer patients and their families to get the care they need without the stress they faced of traveling to Rochester and beyond for treatment. Auctioneer Kyle Tracy led the live auction for everything from suite tickets to Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres games to a ski weekend in Vermont, quarter sides of beef and more.
“It was not just a night for Noyes,” said Jon Shay, Noyes Health Foundation, “it was a night that recognized everything this community does to come together and provide for our neighbors and friends who are facing illness of any kind. We can not be more grateful for the support.”