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RACF 50th Gala

Thank you for your interest in our 50th Anniversary Gala. Taking Charge of Our Future – Celebrating the First 50 Years will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Please click the button below to register. If you prefer to pay by check, please print and mail this form with your payment. Email Donna Ritchie or call 585.341.4364 with questions.

Event Information

Our Honorees

Help us honor our 2022 Philanthropy Award recipients Jonathan Foster, Emerson Fullwood,
Dr. Dawn Lipson, and Judy von Bucher (recipient of the Joe U. Posner Founders Award).

We will also celebrate Jennifer Leonard’s retirement after 29-plus years as president and CEO and toast incoming President and CEO Simeon Banister.

Event Timeline

  • 6 p.m. Cocktails, entertainment, and complimentary portraits
  • 7 p.m. Dinner, entertainment, and program followed by dancing to the music of Twilight


The Foundation is committed to providing universal access to our events. Please contact Donna Ritchie or call 585.341.4364 to request accommodations, including ASL interpretation. Please note that our program will be captioned.

What to Wear

Please come dressed in elegant evening attire: cocktail dress, gown, suit, or tuxedo.

Directions and Parking

From East:
Interstate-490 west to downtown Rochester, exit Clinton Avenue. Merge to Clinton and go through three traffic lights to Broad Street. Turn left onto Broad, and after first light make a right into the Broad Street entrance of the South Avenue parking garage. The skywalk to the Convention Center is located on level 3.

From West:
Interstate-490 east to downtown Rochester. Exit Inner Loop east (exit 13) and take St. Paul Street and turn right (which will become South Avenue). Go through four traffic lights, and after crossing Main Street turn left into the South Avenue entrance to the garage. The Convention Center can be accessed from the garage at level 3.

More information on directions visit here.

Self-park in the South Avenue garage or take advantage of free valet parking.

Safety Protocols

We will be spacing our guests comfortably at tables of eight and monitoring the most updated health guidelines from Monroe County. At this point, we do not plan to require masks or proof of vaccination, but we will be in touch by email ahead of the event if protocols change.