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Gala Fundraiser Honored Champions of Disability Services, 2nd annual CP Rochester event raises over

Rochester, NY (November 4, 2015) Over $55,000 was raised from CP Rochester’s second annual fundraising Gala held on October 10 at ARTISANworks in Rochester. The event recognized companies and individuals who were instrumental in the formation of the agency nearly 70 years ago and those who continue to help it thrive. All proceeds from the Evening of Stars fundraising Gala are applied to the Ability Partners Foundation in support of CP Rochester and Happiness House to benefit the adults and children with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities who receive services from the agencies.

“The Gala was a tremendous success; we are very pleased,” said CP Rochester President Mary Walsh Boatfield. “We are overwhelmed with the support we received for this event from so many individuals and companies.”

WHAM-TV Journalist Patrice Walsh was the emcee of the event, with Board of Directors members Sean Ossont and Mike Coppola serving as live auctioneers. After cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and music from Eastman School of Music students, the 160 guests were treated to music from the University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers, live auction, a dessert buffet, and an awards presentation.

Champions of CP Rochester’s mission who were honored at the Evening of Stars Gala include the Weir Family who received The Harold C. Augustin Founders Award; the volunteers who work in CP Rochester’s Adaptive Workshop who received the Volunteers of the Year Award; Cardwell Construction that received the Community Partner of the Year Award; Jeffrey Baker who received the Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award; and Dr. Elmar and Catherine Frangenberg who received the Humanitarians of the Year Award.

2014 award recipients included WHEC-TV Anchor Pat Taney for Volunteer of the Year; 7-Eleven for Community Partner of the Year; Joyce Weir for Outstanding Board Member of the Year; and the late Harold Augustin for Humanitarian of the Year. The late Mr. Donald Potter received the Founders Award.


About CP Rochester

CP Rochester supports individuals of all ages and abilities to determine their own pathway in life. We partner with the individual, their family, and the community to fulfill the individual’s right to live a productive and rewarding life. CP Rochester provides a wide range of quality health, educational, and support services in the greater Rochester area to assist individuals in achieving their goals.


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Dave Carro

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