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An Evening Out At Home Fact Sheet

On May 30, 2015, the tradition of An Evening Out At Home continued with more than 350 guests enjoying a delicious dinner in the homes of gracious supporters and friends, followed by a reception featuring locally made desserts, drinks, and dancing at the beautifully restored Sibley Building downtown. Sibley clock

This premier event was created in 1981 as a way to bring together members of the greater Rochester community for an elegant evening of dining and entertainment and, at the same time, raise awareness and support for the Community Foundation and its work. The 2015 event raised more than $53,000.

Suzanne and Sandy Mayer of Rochester were co-chairs for this special black-tie optional gala. They were joined by an enthusiastic and dedicated planning committee, which organized the evening's festivities.

The allure of the event's intimate dinners, which started at 6 p.m., is to provide guests with an opportunity to socialize and break bread with new people in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Past events have drawn 300 to 400 people.

At each host home, a representative of the Community Foundation highlighted information about the work of the Foundation in the eight-county region. This brief presentation was the only "business" that occurred during the strictly entertaining evening.

After dinner, all An Evening Out At Home guests gathered at a treasured downtown location -- the Sibley Building. Check out photos from that reception by clicking here.








As guests arrived at the beautifully renovated entrance off East Main Street, they were treated to a special exhibit of work by 24 Western New York artists. These pieces lining the hallway comprised the exhibit "Fabulous Fine Art Blooms at Sibley's," which was curated by artist Jacquie Germanow. After the gala, the exhibit was opened to the public on June 4 and 5. Click here to find out what artists participated and get more details on their work that was on display.


We were honored to have the following companies on board as sponsors for this event:

Presenting Sponsor: Sutherland Global Services
Catalyst Sponsor:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Lead Sponsor:
Two Point Capital Management
Dance the Night Away Sponsor:
Two Point Capital Management
The Bonadio Group; Cobblestone Capital Advisors; Gates Automotive; Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP; Nocon & Associates; Tompkins Financial Advisors; and Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Supporters: Federated Clover Investment Advisors; Fishers Asset Management; Genesee Regional Bank; Event Co-Chairs Sandy and Suzanne Mayer; Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLP; Thorley Wealth Management and Wells Fargo Advisor Heather Proctor.
Reception Sponsor: WinnDevelopment
Media Sponsor: WROC-TV (Channel 8)

Other Partners

We were pleased to work with the following, who made unique contributions to this evening's festivities:
Buckingham Properties (complimentary garage parking) • CreativEye Photo (guest portraits) • Panache Vintage & Finer ConsignmentTwilight Entertainment (dance music at the reception) • Vittorio Menswear & Tuxedo

Dessert and Refreshment Providers 

Bruster's Ice Cream, Inc. •  Cheesy Eddie's • Constellation Brands, Inc. • Country Club of Rochester • Donna Marie's Gluten Free Bakery • Genesee Brewing Company • Hedonist Artisan Chocolates • Lanovara Specialty Foods, Inc. • Premier Pastry • Tasteful Connections • The Village Bakery • Wright Beverage Distributing  


Our Dinner Hosts

We thank the following for providing dinners for our guests:

 • Lorraine and Daan Bravemen

 • Susan and Bob Calcagno 

 • Chip and Shirley Dawson

 • Pam and Bob DiPaola

 • Brent and Roberta DuBeshter

 • Dan and Lisa Dwyer (at Tavern 58)

 • Doug and Hilda Escher with Melisza Campos and Herb Escher

 • Charlie and Anne Francis

 • Carolyn and Roger Friedlander

 • Linda and David Friedman

 • Essie Germanow

 • Jacquie and Andy Germanow, Mary and Ned Nicosia, and Mimi and Sam Tilton (at Stone-Tolan House)

 • Joanne Gianniny with Gayle and Bob Stiles

 • Tony and Ernie Gugino (at Genesee Valley Club)

 • Nancy and Henry Hamlin

 • Ginger and Holly Howell

 • Glenn and Jenny Kellogg

 • Nirupama and Rahul Laroia

 • Chris and Bettie Lindley with Theresa and Kevin Fitzpatrick

 • Elaine Jackson and Bob Lowenthal (at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion)

 • Scott MacRae and Elaine Mizzoni

 • Bernard and Essie (Calhoun) McDavid

 • Clayton and Kim Millard

 • Tom and Pat Mitchell

 • Kathy and Ted Nixon (at Century Club)

 • Jim and Marguerite Quinn

 • Jamal and Pam Rossi (at Max of Eastman Place)

 • Julio and Lynette Saenz

 • Richard Sarkis and Diane Chevron

 • Lori Van Dusen and Ron Boillat

 • Chris and Kathy Wright (at Rosario Pino's Artisan Foods)