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Each year funds raised from a combination of special events and ongoing fundraisers are given back to the hospital to enhance patient care and purchase equipment. Departments request needed items, and Friends of Strong Council determine how funds will be allocated. This is possible due to the hard work and dedication of Friends of Strong employees and volunteers.


Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Game

KnighthawksJoin Friends of Strong on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. for a Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse game at Blue Cross Arena. A portion of each ticket purchased supports patient care at Strong Memorial Hospital!  For tickets, go to:


Apr. 23: Rochester River Run/Walk 5k

river run 5 K iconShow your support for patients and families who are awaiting or recovering from organ transplant surgery—run, walk, collect pledges, or simply make a donation to our transplant patient fund. The race and commemorative ceremony take place at Genesee Valley Park, and all proceeds benefit patients right here at Strong.  Register or pledge your support at

Past Events

Celebrate at Celebration Drive

Celebration PosterLooking for something fun to do with your children? Sign up for the Kids Fun Run around College Town being held on Saturday, April 30!


Painting with Friends' Fundraisers
painting with friends iconA fun and creative way to spend an evening out with friends while giving back to the community, Painting with Friends gives you and yours an opportunity to create your very own16- by 20-inch masterpiece to bring home—a memento to remember a fun night out with your friends, family, or co-workers.

  Friends in Good Taste Beer & Food Pairing

We inbeer and food pairing event iconvite you to this palate pleasing afternoon on October 15 from 2 - 5 p.m. at Lovin' Cup Bistro and Brews to enjoy delicious foods paired with a special selection of beer from Rochester area craft brewing companies to help us support patient care initiatives throughout UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital.

Pre-Black Friday Sale

holiday craft sale iconOur annual artisan craft and gift sale gives you a chance to jump-start your holidays by shopping for apparel, artwork, books, children's items, crafts, décor, jewelry, soap, wine, and other locally handcrafted items from area artists and merchants while benefitting patient care programs at Strong.

Friends of Strong Gala Wine Tasting 
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Join us on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Monroe Golf Club as we sample from a selection of over 100 red, white, and sparkling, imported and domestic wines along with French champagnes, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.  To purchase tickets, go to:

Celebrity Bartender Night at Grappa's


Friends of Strong Celebrity Bartender Night is Thursday, March 23 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Grappa's at the Hilton Garden Inn College Town.  Join us for a fun night with your favorite URMC bartenders.  For more information, go to:  Celebrity Bartender Night at Grappa



For committee membership or donations, please call the Friends of Strong office at (585) 275-2420 or Email Us