Gala Announces $5.5 Million in Gifts, Raises $1.3 Million

Oct 13, 2017

Dr. Eric Bieber and Michele Grazulis

It’s October 7. More than 1,700 of Rochester Regional Health’s friends and employees are seated at tables in the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center’s Empire Hall for the 2017 Rochester Regional Health Gala.

See photos and read about featured elements from the event.

On stage, system President and CEO, Eric Bieber, MD, says he has some exciting news to share.

Dr. Bieber announces that Marjorie Morris and G.W. Lisk, Co., Inc., have committed a combined $3 million in support of the Because Care Matters Campaign for the creation of a medical village at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic.

After some expressions of gratitude, Dr. Bieber announces a second gift, this one from the Twigs of the Rochester General Hospital Association: $2.5 million for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the new Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care at Rochester General Hospital.

The announcements were inspiring examples of generosity. And then a video introduced everyone to BajroHankJennifer and Milagros, four former Rochester Regional patients. Their personal care experiences served as powerful reminders of who aims to benefit most from the Campaign’s success.

Those who were especially moved by the stories of care had an opportunity to use their cell phone or a pledge card to give to the Lipson Cancer Institute, Health Reach’s Healthcare for the Homeless program, neurosciences at Rochester Regional Health or the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, or they could make an undesignated gift.

See Gala 2017 honor roll of donors

Between those who made gifts during the program and the evening’s sponsors, led by Wegman Companies, Inc., the Gala’s presenting sponsor for the third year in a row, the Gala raised a total of $1.3 million.

Michele Grazulis, president of the Rochester Regional Health Foundations, underscored the impact this support has on patients by giving examples of what it could become. For instance, a gift of $500 buys therapeutic toys for toddlers and pre-teens who have sustained head injuries. And a gift of $1500 gives patients like Milagros 30 nights at Hope House.

Gifts provide patients normalcy and comfort. But they also give our care providers the chance to further their education and tools they need to change and save lives.

Make a gift to Rochester Regional Health

To learn more about the Campaign for Rochester Regional Health, visit or call 585.922.4800.

A Special 
Thank You 
to Our 
Gala Sponsors: 

Presenting Sponsor
Wegman Companies, Inc.

Elite Sponsor
DGA Builders

Entertainment Sponsors
Clark Patterson Lee
LeChase Construction Services, LLC

Cocktail Hour Sponsor
Harris Beach PLLC

Social Media Sponsor
Borg & Ide Imaging, P.C./RadNet, Inc.

Rockin' Afterhours Party
& Dessert Reception Sponsor
Rochester Radiology Associates

Wine & Diamond Sponsor
Constellation Brands, Inc.

Diamond Sponsors
A.P. Enterprises Property Services
Brown & Brown of New York
Buckingham Properties
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc.
Rainaldi Brothers, Inc.
Drs. Patrick & Gail Riggs & Family
Rochester Institute of Technology

Platinum Sponsors
Javen Construction
M/E Engineering, PC

Gold Sponsors
ACM Medical Laboratory Inc. 
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Gallina Development Corporation 
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
J.T. Mauro Co. Inc. 
Postler & Jaeckle Corp. 
Riedman Foundation
Schuler-Haas Electric Corp
Westside Anesthesia Assoc. of Rochester

Silver Sponsors
Billitier Electric Inc.
Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato, LLC
Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC
Constellation NewEnergy Inc.
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
K's Carpet
Linden Oaks Management Co., Inc.
Rochester Davis-Fetch Corp.
RGH Department of Medicine
Special Care Systems, LLC
Tambe Electric Inc.
The Cabot Group

Bronze Sponsors
Crickler Vending Company, Inc.
Bob & Maureen Dobies
Gallo & Iacovangelo, LLP
HBT Architects
IBC Engineering, P.C.
LaBella Associates, D. P. C.
In Loving Memory of Paul Mastro
Omega Tool Measuring Machine & Precision Properties LLC
Osborn, Reed & Burke, LLP.
Radiation Oncology of Rochester
RGH Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Synergy IT Solutions