More than 400 Guys and Molls celebrated "1940's Film Noir" to benefit St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center on June 5th at Temple B'rith Kodesh. This 20th annual auction and party, hosted by Chairpersons Jack and Bonnie Garner, raised a profit of more than $76,000, which will benefit ongoing health care programs for the uninsured and under-insured.
Spirits were high, beer and wine-tasting was plentiful, and jazz music was provided by the Four on the Floor Jazz Quartet. More than 150 silent and live "hot goods" were offered by guest auctioneer, Dr. John Gillespie. A trip to the Bahamas, a movie and catered dinner for six with the Garners, and hand-made lamps by Jill Cypher were among the highest-raising items. Many guests joined in the fun by arriving in furs, gowns, pin-stripes and fedoras.
Honorary Chairpersons Jack and Bonnie Garner addressed the crowd, stating, "We are pleased to support the Neighborhood Center. The Center provides a unique service to the Rochester community, providing health care to the uninsured and under- insured. This is a wonderful way to give the Center our support."
Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director, attired in black and white, thanked the crowd stating, "We are grateful for so many sponsors and friends who make our work possible." She was surprised minutes later by Reverend Mother Phyllis Contestable who shared some outrageous roasting comments regarding Sr. Wagner as well as the Garners.
Sponsors of the event included Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp, the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP Health care, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, Rochester General Health Systems, St. John Fisher College, and many more. Outstanding decorations of street lamps, film reels and film noir posters were created and donated by Jill Cypher.
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families.
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