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 Community Leader Award is given to an individual or team that demonstrates exceptional leadership and philanthropy, through a commitment to healthcare and wellness throughout the community. This year's recipient of the Community Leader Award is Constellation Brands.
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 Marilyn Ling, M.D. Dr. Ling is the Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
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 recipient of the C.H.A.M.P. Award is Ann Savastano, director of B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House, American Cancer Society.
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.
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