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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. UPDATE: We are at capacity and starting a waitlist. Call 585.341.4364 to be added to the waitlist.

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

Meal Choices

Guests will have two options for dinner: surf and turf (steak and rosemary-roasted shrimp that are gluten-free) or peppers stuffed with curried sweet potatoes, carrots, onion, peppers and jicama with basmatic rice, cauliflower, and coconut puree (vegan, lactose- and gluten-free) .


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 (we’re covering your parking charge) or take advantage of free valet parking on East Main Street in front of the Convention Center.