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…And a Good Time Was Had by All
Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Ferris Wheel
Our June 7th Auction and Party was the biggest success ever!! With over 400 attendees, we raised almost $104,000 for the Center.
An enormous thank you, with much heartfelt appreciation to our very generous sponsors. Before the evening began, we had sponsor pledges of $80,000, record-breaking donations.
Cajoled and encouraged by our multi-talented auctioneer, Dr. John Gillespie, attendees bid generously on our live auction items. And our silent auction, always a favorite, brought in a significant amount.
Once again Big Blue House was a hit, and several people took to the dance floor.
All in all, we are grateful for a wildly successful, fun-filled evening, made possible by the work of our energetic event committee, many volunteers, and the talents of Creative Caterers.
“Save the Date” for next year’s event, Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Here are some of the photos from the event. Enjoy!
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A Visit to the State Fair Auction & Party
Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Ferris Wheel
June 7-5:30 at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave
Come and dance to the lively music of Big Blue House, a raucous trio of seasoned musicians, whose style merges into a unique gumbo of folk, rock, blues, jazz and reggae.
Your $45 per person Fair ticket includes:
Saints & Sinners Gala
Yummy hors d’oeuvres

Wine & brew tastings

Delectable desserts
Big Blue House
Music by Big Blue House
And silent and live auctions with more than 150 amazing items

Bid on a one-of-a-kind signed cleat by Buffalo Bills #90 Shaq Lawson – valued at $150!!!

Bid on a basket of tasty sauces, rubs, salsa chips, cornbread mix, and more – valued at $60!!!
Call 585-325-5260 for tickets and information.
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Support St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center by Getting Your Car Washed
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Thanks to several generous sponsors, you can support St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center by getting your car washed. How does it work? Watch the video below.

You can also go directly to CauseWash by clicking any of the sponsor links below. Thank you for your support.
https://rochester.causewash.com/cause-supporter/get-it-straight-orthodontics
https://rochester.causewash.com/cause-supporter/javas-cafe
https://rochester.causewash.com/cause-supporter/restaurant-good-luck
https://rochester.causewash.com/cause-supporter/rentrochester
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Sixth Annual ROC-the-DAY raises $37,346 for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
ROC the Day Logo
The sixth annual Roc-the-Day proved to be the most successful one yet for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. November 29th was Giving Tuesday as well as Roc-the-Day, the annual community-wide 24-hour period of online giving, sponsored by the United Way. “Roc Star” donors who logged onto www.RoctheDay.org during this 24–hour period were able to designate their gift to a specific agency, such as St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.
By midnight, the total of online gifts designated to St. Joseph’s reached $16,115. Mail-in gifts and a lobby collection box at the Center brought in another $1558. In addition, the Center will receive $1,000 in bonuses from the site’s contests over the day. That totals $18, 673, which was matched by two generous matching gift donors, for a grand total of $37,346 in one day, by way of this one special event. And, more than $757,000 benefitted non-profit organizations throughout the community.
“We are always amazed at the generosity of our community on Roc the Day. Thanks to our donors, these gifts will be a tremendous support to the Neighborhood Center’s programs. We are pleased for all the other non-profits as well,” said Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director of the Center. “Our community is very caring and generous.”
The Center, which opened in 1993, provides medical, dental and mental health services to more than 1500 uninsured and under-insured people each year, from Rochester and eight surrounding counties. The Center also helps another 1000 people each year to access appropriate health care plans. For more information, call (585) 325-5260.
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VOLUNTEERS RISE ‘N SHINE TO RAISE $2100 FOR ST. JOSEPH’S NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Women's Club of Pittsford
Women’s Club of Pittsford
Breakfast for 250? No problem, thanks to volunteers from the Womens Club of Pittsford and Zonta International, who rose at the crack of dawn on Saturday, October 29th, to set tables and serve breakfast to guests on behalf of the Neighborhood Center. The 20th annual Fall Breakfast raised a net profit of $2100 for the health care programs of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Inc. The event was held at the Baptist Temple on Clover Street. Sponsors included Creative Caterers, Genesee Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and Lux Lounge. Board and staff members of the Neighborhood Center also volunteered. In addition, a large baked goods sale contributed to the net profit.
“I had a wonderful time,” said breakfast guest Mary Palmer. “This is such a nice way to start the day and help out the Neighborhood Center.” Guest Jackie Somerville was the winner of the door prize, a Fall-themed gift basket.
The Center provides primary health care, dental care and mental health counseling to more than 1500 people each year, who are uninsured or under-insured. For more information, call 585-325-5260.
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HEAVEN & HELL, HALOS & HORNS” IS A DIVINE SUCCESS FOR ST. JOSEPH’S NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Wade and Lisa Norwood
Wade and Lisa Norwood
Nearly 400 imps and angels came out for “Heaven & Hell, Halos & Horns,” the 22nd annual party and auction to benefit St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. The event was held on June 1st at Temple B’rith Kodesh. Hosted by Chairpersons Wade and Lisa Norwood, the event raised a record net profit of $87,500, which will benefit the Center’s ongoing health care programs for the uninsured and under-insured.
Guests arriving dressed as their inner angel or devil enjoyed plentiful beer and wine-tastings, heavenly food stations, divine desserts, and jazz music by Three on the Floor Jazz Quartet. More than 125 silent and live items were offered by guest auctioneer, Dr. John Gillespie. Dinner for eight to be catered by Sr. Christine Wagner, a cocktail cruise on Conesus Lake, and a carpet provided by Messner Carpet, were among the highest-raising auction items.
Honorary Chairpersons Wade and Lisa Norwood addressed the crowd, stating, “We are pleased to support the Neighborhood Center. The Center provides a unique and very important service to the Rochester community. This is a wonderful way to give the Center our support.”
Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director, thanked the crowd stating, “We are grateful for so many sponsors and friends who make our work possible.” Sponsors of the event included Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp, Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus BlueCrossBlue Shield, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, The Monroe County Dental Society, Rochester Regional Health, St. John Fisher College, United Healthcare, and many more.
A steering committee of ten members collected the auction items and provided unique decorations of harps, pitchforks, halos, pearly gates and street signs guiding guests to heaven and hell. The Neighborhood Center is grateful to all angels who helped make the event a success, from committee members, to sponsors, to auction donors and guests. Each year, the success of the annual fund raiser rests on such support.
Jim Bridges, Christine Wagner, and Mike Boucher
Jim Bridges, Christine Wagner, and Mike Boucher
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Fifth Annual ROC-the-DAY raises $26,378 for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
The fifth annual Roc-the-Day proved to be a fifth annual success for St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. December 1st was Giving Tuesday as well as the annual community-wide 24-hour period of online giving, sponsored by the United Way. “Roc Star” donors who logged onto www.RoctheDay.org during this 24–hour period were able to designate their gift to a specific agency, such as St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.
By midnight, the total of online gifts designated to St. Joseph’s reached $14,868. A matching-gift donor had pledged up to $10,000, which can now be added to that total. Mail-in gifts and a lobby collection box at the Center brought in another $450. In addition, the Center will receive $1,050 in bonuses from the site’s contests over the day. All in all, $26,378 came to Center, by way of this one special event. More than $865,000 benefitted non-profit organizations throughout the community.
“We are always amazed at the community’s generosity on Roc the Day. Thanks to our donors, the gifts that we will receive will be a tremendous support to the Neighborhood Center. We are pleased for all the other non-profits as well,” said Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director of the Center. “Our community is very caring and generous.”
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MEG’S GIFT FOUNDATION PRESENTS $60,000 TO ST. JOSEPH’S NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Meg's Gift
“Meg’s Gift,” is a new foundation, formed by family and friends of Megan Garbach, who sadly, lost her battle with depression on February 17, 2014 at the age of 27. But, when does something so bad end up making something really good happen? “Being able to give back to those in need, those who struggle with mental health issues, is what Meg’s Gift is all about,” says Megan’s father, Ray Garbach.
A first-time “Meg’s Gift” Golf Tournament, held by the Foundation on August 15th, was a resounding success, with over 230 golfers on two courses and almost 500 people at the dinner afterwards. “The community reached out with overwhelming support. We are pleased to present St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center with a $60,000 check from the fruits of our labor,” continued Ray. “We find that the Neighborhood Center is a well-run organization that provides compassionate services tending to the physical, mental and social needs of people with insufficient health insurance. We are pleased to present the event’s proceeds to this very worthy organization. Megan would have been proud to help an organization like the Neighborhood Center. ”
Sr. Christine Wagner, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Center, along with Board President Robert Thompson, accepted the proceeds raised from this inaugural event. “These funds will be an enormous help us to us as we provide medical and mental health care to those in need,” said Christine. We are honored that you have chosen the Neighborhood Center to receive this meaningful gift, and we are truly overwhelmed by your success and your generosity.”
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“LET THE GAMES BEGIN!” GETS THE WIN
Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Nearly 400 sports fans celebrated “Let the Games Begin!” to benefit St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center on June 3rd at Temple B’rith Kodesh. This 21st annual auction and party, hosted by Chairpersons Tom and Betty Richards, raised a profit of $75,000, which will benefit ongoing health care programs for the uninsured and under-insured.
Guests arriving in their favorite team jerseys enjoyed plentiful beer and wine-tasting stations, stadium-style treats at grazing stations, and jazz music by Four on the Floor Jazz Quartet. More than 150 silent and live items were offered by guest auctioneer, Dr. John Gillespie. New York Yankees, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Sabres game tickets, as well as dinner for eight catered by Sr. Christine Wagner, were among the highest-raising auction items.

Notre Dame legend and #1 NFL 1972 draft pick Walt Patulski was on hand to greet guests and pose for photos with guests and his 1971 Lombardi Award. Red Wings mascot “Spikes” also made an entertaining appearance. A 2011 St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring was also on display.
Honorary Chairpersons Tom and Betty Richards addressed the crowd, stating, “We are pleased to support the Neighborhood Center. The Center provides a wonderful service to the Rochester community. This is a great way to give the Center our support.”
Christine Wagner, SSJ, Executive Director, thanked the crowd stating, “We are grateful for so many sponsors and friends who make our work possible.” She also called forward Dr. Warren Glaser, who recently retired from his volunteer position, providing excellent care to patients two days per week for the past 17 years, to present him with a gift.
Sponsors of the event included Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp, the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, The Monroe County Dental Society, Rochester Regional Health, St. John Fisher College, and many more. Outstanding decorations made up of all sports items, including bicycle tires, helmets, bats, balls, tennis rackets, trophies and banners were designed by Leigh Van Ostrand Latham, and created and donated by members of the event steering committee.
The Neighborhood Center is grateful to all “MVP’s” who helped make “Games” a success…from committee members, to sponsors, to auction donors and guests. Each year, the success of the annual fund raiser rests on such support.

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NASW NAMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER AGENCY OF THE YEAR
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
The National Association of Social Workers, Genesee Valley Division, presented annual awards on March 11th in Pittsford. St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center was recognized as Agency of the Year.
Sr. Christine Wagner, Executive Director, received the award from Carol Inzinga, Director of NASW’s local division. “Congratulations to all honorees,” said Carol. “You do amazing, wonderful work!”
The organization also recognized three local individuals and six students who will soon receive their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Social Work. Adrienne Daniels, LMSW, Manager of Bereavement Services at Lifetime Care, was Keynote Speaker.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
In the photographs, Christine receives the award from Carol Inzinga and is also pictured with Sr. Sheila Briody, Co-Director of Counseling and Community Works.
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Christine pictured with Sr. Sheila Briody
Christine receives the award from Carol Inzinga
Christine receives the award from Carol Inzinga

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