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Doug Phelps (left) and friends hold a bowling fundraiser annually.
Doug Phelps (left) and friends hold a bowling fundraiser annually.
Eye of Newt Tattoo honors a family member with a fundraiser benefiting the Coalition.
Eye of Newt Tattoo honors a family member with a fundraiser benefiting the Coalition.
RAC for Women hosted a class sampler and raised money for the Coalition.
RAC for Women hosted a class sampler and raised money for the Coalition.

Each year the Coalition benefits from over 100 fundraising events created for us by people like you.

Whether your effort is large or small, your donation will help us continue to provide our programs and services free of charge!

Email Lori, our Outreach Director, today or (585) 473-8177 for more information.

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THANK YOU FRIENDS

Recent Local Fundraisers

For One of Their Own

Triano’s Meat Market is a business in the fine tradition of a neighborhood, family-run enterprise. The Market has raised funds for our Coalition several times in previous years. This year’s effort was more personal, as one of their beloved family members faced a breast cancer diagnosis herself. In a community show of support, the Triano’s customers helped the store to raise $868 in October for our benefit. Thanks to all, and best wishes for a long, healthy life to the family survivor!

Beauty Within and Without

As a young breast cancer survivor, Michaela Raes knows how devastating surgery and treatment can be on a woman’s sense of her own physical beauty. Partnering with two professional photographers, Michaela started the Breast Cancer Boudoir Project in an effort to celebrate the women who have faced these body changes. Her hope is that sharing these images will help to artistically and elegantly redefine the way that patients and survivors view their bodies. 

Donations from the October kick-off of the project were given to the Breast Cancer Coalition, resulting in a gift of $500. For more information about the Boudoir project:  https://rocboudoirexperience.com/breast-cancer/

Friends and Fun

Prominently located at the four corners of the beautiful village of Pittsford, Chandelier’s is a shopping mainstay for beautiful and affordable women’s fashions. Owned by Darlyne Truax, the store’s atmosphere is one of female conviviality. We have benefitted from in-store October events for several years. 2020, despite the challenges, was no exception to the annual fundraising campaign. Thanks to the customers and staff of both Chandelier’s locations (Pittsford and Canandaigua), we were thrilled to receive a donation of $500.

It All Adds Up!

Smaller campaigns on our behalf are the cornerstone of community-based fundraising efforts. Thanks to the following who were so generous with their gifts. Your help matters!

Lattimore Physical Therapy (Honeoye Falls location) donated $112.

We appreciate the gift of $21.26 from Sabika Jewelry consultant Beth Hinog.

Thanks to the wonderful women at Salon ROC for your donation of $135.

Pampered Chef consultants Marla Hamilton and Lynn Kelly each held October promotions for the Coalition’s benefit. They were able to raise $188 and $137 respectively.

The ever-popular Friday Jeans Day fundraiser was once again a success at Highland Family Medicine and they donated $57.

Thanks to DVTD Consultant Jennifer Barzcak for her gift of $80. Jennifer donated part of her commission from an October party hosted by our own former staffer Cindy Dykes.

The Power of Pink

Brighton Collectibles Eastview Mall location participates in the company’s October Power of Pink Campaign each year and has directed their donations to the Breast Cancer Coalition since 2016. Sales of the delightful and limited-edition POP bracelets and other accessories are highlighted with special in-store events and specials, and an educational breast cancer display is created. This year, activities had to be limited but we still participated in an evening virtual presentation for customers. We were given a most welcome and appreciated gift of $362 from the staff and customers of the Eastview Brighton store.

The Cornerstone of our Community

According to Office Manager Katie Giovanni, the entire team at Cornerstone Dental enthusiastically embraced their campaign to raise money for the Coalition. Said Katie, “So many people are affected by breast cancer in one way or another!” Activities in the office during October included team appreciation events, wearing pink, selling ribbons, and a 50/50 raffle. They also raffled various gift cards and products, and all the proceeds were donated to the Coalition. Their donation is – WOW $750!

Remembering Kym

To honor the memory of their dear friend and former shop owner Kym Casciani, the staff of the 2150 Salon and Spa at 2150 Monroe Ave. sold sheets of the official 2020 Breast Cancer Awareness postage stamp. $2 of the $15 purchase price were given Breast Cancer Coalition. Thank you to our friends at 2150 for your gift of $365. We remember Kym so fondly.

Something for Everyone … Including the Coalition!

The Shops on West Ridge is a Rochester shopping mecca! With 55,000 square feet of space and over 200 unique vendors, the Shops offer something for just about anyone.
Several years ago, our friend Deb DiShaw Smith of Deborah Jean & Co. introduced the Coalition to the SOWR when she coordinated a huge fashion show at the location for breast cancer awareness month. Her fellow shopkeepers responded enthusiastically, as did their wonderful customers. In the years since that event, the Shops family of vendors has continued to support the Coalition. In spite of 2020’s challenges, the SOWR were able to present us with a check for $600. We are so grateful for our loyal, local supporters.

For the Love of Lisa

The Hilton JV Soccer team have been closely touched by breast cancer. Two of their coaches are breast cancer survivors, and beloved coach and teacher Lisa Tydings was lost to the disease in 2020. (Lisa was an active volunteer with the Coalition.)

Sporting Mrs. Tydings’ initials on their custom team jerseys and the initials of affected loved ones on their arms, they raised $4200 for the Breast Cancer Coalition with the help and support of teachers, coaches, players, family members and friends in the Hilton Central District. You are all amazing and inspiring!

Kindness abounds!

Our Lady of Mercy High School Seniors complete a MOTTO service project as part of preparing for graduation. Seniors Teagan H. and Mary C. lovingly created twenty care packages for newly diagnosed women, including helpful items for their recovery. Included in each are soft, cozy socks, a post-surgical pillow, lip balm and a hydration bottle as well as a cheerful card and supportive note. These lovely tokens of care and concern are being be shared with those who are turning to the Coalition for support in the aftermath of their diagnosis.

It DOES Feel Good!

Undeterred by the need to dance outdoors, Zumba instructor Karen Ervay arranged her benefit Zumbathon in the Feels Good Fitness parking lot in Hilton one October Saturday afternoon. Armed with her pink chalk and the help of owner Janine Graziano, she and her team set up a socially distanced “classroom” on the blacktop and held three afternoon sessions. Spirits ran high and voices became hoarse, but this afternoon of friendship and charity resulted in a donation of $718 to the Breast Cancer Coalition.

Local Fire Departments Show Their Caring in the Community

Flash Point Customs is a 100% firefighter-owned company created from the hobby-turned-passion of co-owner Michael Sanfilippo. He turned this passion into a working business against all odds in 2020 and has quickly become known for creative expertise and community-minded service.​ Michael decided to partner with his father Gary Sanfilippo, brother Bob Metcalfe, and best friend Josh Mastin. Aside from having firefighting in common, their unique skill sets each bring a layer of productivity and creativity to Flash Point Customs. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, they created a custom, insulated tumbler for the Coalition and dedicated $5 from the sale of each one to us. Buyers could choose mailing or were able to pick up their tumbler in the Coalition vestibule. To date, we have received $135 from the sale of the tumblers. These are still available for order! Contact Bob at https://www.flashpointcustoms.com/

The Rush Volunteer Fire Department is dedicated to serving all communities within their greater community. In recognition of October’s breast cancer awareness month, department president Heidi Sweet let us know that a line of custom T-shirts and hoodies were being offered for sale with all proceeds benefitting the Coalition. Though restricted to online orders and sales only, the department was still able to present us with $250. According to Ms. Sweet, the campaign will be run again in the spring of 2021!

Monroe County Fire Bureau’s Michael Stoerger is well known to us and to his fellow firefighters as the organizer of a spirited hockey tournament for the Breast Cancer Coalition each year. He also helped spearhead the effort that, in cooperation with the Monroe County Water Authority, presented us with an authentic, custom-painted fire Hydrant of Hope!

Unable to hold their tournament this past year, Monroe County Fire Bureau hockey team teamed up with the Ridge Road Fire Department to display the Hydrant of Hope as part of a Go Fund Me effort to raise money to provide a bell for a local cancer center as well as a donation to the Coalition. They were very successful at both endeavors, and we offer a hearty thank you to all of the firefighting community for a gift of $450.

The New Kids on the Franklin Street Block

New in 2020, Vault Rochester fitness studio describes itself as “… a premium boutique urban-contemporary fitness studio offering class-based cycle, boxing and fitness experiences.” This woman-owned business sits at the heart of Rochester’s downtown business district and has quickly become a hub of lunchtime and end-of-workday work outs.
Anxious to serve the community, owner Stephanie Green scheduled a special series of donation-based classes to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Instructors donated their time for these class offerings, and raffle items were obtained from fellow business owners. Stephanie and her daughter Elizabeth stopped by to present the Coalition with the proceeds of their October fundraising events, and we were truly amazed and humbled to accept their donation of $3072!

From Wonderful Williamson

Faced with a mountain of challenges this school year, the Williamson Central School Wellness Committee has remained committed to the well-being of staff. Activities in October were dedicated to the many fellow staffers who had faced the challenge of breast cancer. According to Tammy LaBarr, when sending in their donation “so many have been affected by a diagnosis in one way or another.” The generosity of this group is impressive, especially during these challenging times; we were thrilled to receive $775 from the group.

A Very Big, Beautiful Surprise

For several years, Chili Fusion Soccer parent Erin Noll has reached out to us to invite us to their annual Pink the Field Tournament. It didn’t seem likely that they would be able to play in the fall of 2020, but to their delight, they were able to organize a rather last-minute tournament. Though Erin’s own daughter no longer plays in that league, “mom” was once again pressed into service to help organize and volunteer for the day. Erin reflected the thoughts of all involved, “It was so wonderful to have some normalcy in seeing kids play the sport they love even if it was for a few hours.”

This was Chili Fusion’s 7th year hosting the Pink the Field tournament. Amy Wood is the primary organizer every year and receives great support from the team, their families, and other volunteers. And the Town of Chili painted the field lines pink once again.
This year’s tournament raised a stunning $6700!