Heroes Ball

Celebrating the Power of Hope, Courage & Commitment

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • 6:00pm
  • RIT Inn & Conference Center
Join us on November 11, 2017 for this year's Heroes Ball!

Heroes Ball, our annual gala, celebrates the power of hope, courage, and commitment to provide support for those impacted by cancer in our community. It also offers an opportunity to embrace Gilda Radner’s signature humorous outlook. The event includes live and silent auctions, raffles, photo booth, spirit toss, and more. Black-tie optional; capes encouraged.

Each year, a selection from four awards is presented during the gala to the true heroes of Gilda’s Club Rochester and the community.

The Jacob Gitelman Award recognizes outstanding, meritorious service by a local medical professional working with oncology patients who are connected to Gilda's Club and/or Cancer Action. This year's recipient of the Jacob Gitelman Award is Dr. Dirk Bernold of Interlakes Oncology.

The C.H.A.M.P. (Cancer Hero Award of Merit Program) recognizes heroic, personal involvement in Gilda’s Club and the cancer community, resulting in a positive impact on the lives of oncology patients and their families. This year's C.H.A.M.P. Award recipients are members of The Flynn Family.

The Come as You Are Award is given to an individual or group demonstrating outstanding or heroic distinctive personal involvement in the Gilda’s Club Community, which positively affects the lives of members touched by cancer. This/these individual(s) welcome everyone, get involved in numerous clubhouse activities and events, and reach out to new partners to help further the Gilda’s Club mission and keep our red door open for all. This year's Come As You Are Award recipient is Kathleen Leibenguth.


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