A Toast to REF and Our Partners

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cutler Union, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue 

Join Honorary Co-Chairs Dr. Walter Cooper and Mary Worboys-Turner for a festive evening celebrating Rochester Education Foundation and our partners - champions of city school students. Enjoy delicious hot and cold hors d'oeuvres by Max's at the Gallery, signature cocktails, fine wine and beer, musical entertainment, and a Wine Pull. Bid on wonderful auction items. 

New this year, the Advantage Federal Credit Union Inspire Award will be presented to an outstanding city school teacher. 

2014 Partner Awards

Mariana Barry, English Teacher/Advisor, School Without Walls

Karen Marquardt, Altrusa member and library partner at Rochester International Academy and many other city schools

Youth Apprenticeship Program, Rochester General Health System

Edward Cavalier, retired principal, East High School; CEO, Urban Choice Charter School; past Chair, Rochester Education Foundation Board of Directors



PLATINUM : $5,000, includes admission for 10 guests, ticket benefits, plus naming rights for one of our prestigious awards, top listing in news releases and social media promoting the event, recognition in event slide show, and full-page preferred color ad in event program.

GOLD: $2,500, includes admission for 8 guests, ticket benefits, plus premium listing in news releases and social media promoting the event, recognition in event slide show, 3/4 page recognition ad in event program.

SILVER: $1,250, includes admission for 6 guests, ticket benefits, plus listing on REf event website, name listed in social media promotions, 1/2 page recognition ad in event program.

BRONZE: $900, includes admission for 4 guests, ticket benefits, plus listing on REF event website, social media promotion where appropriate, and 1/4 page recognition ad in event program.

Please register below, call 585-271-5790 or e-mail info@rochestereducation.org to sign up to be a sponsor. 

Dinner Tickets: $75.00 per guest, includes one free drink, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and all entertainment.

Your reply is requested by Friday, October 17, 2014.

Rochester Education Foundation

Your support enables REF to help city students succeed! With your help, we:

  • Encourage student literacy with book clubs, parent-student reading events and books for student home libraries through our Give Back, Give Books and Teachers' Choice programs,
  • Provide valuable paid summer work opportunities for youth at local companies through our summer internship program,
  • Promote college access for city students through the community coalition, Rochester College Access Network,
  • Support student music opportunities - we've donated more than 1,000 musical instruments to students since 2005 and provided performance and education opportunities,
  • Offer Last Dollar Grants to Monroe High School graduates, thanks to members of the Monroe High School Classes of 1960 and 1963,
  • Sponsor unique programs throughout city schools, ranging from musical mentoring at Dr. Charles T. Lunsford STEM Academy School No.19, resource support at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10 and outdoor learning at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School,
  • Get things done! We have helped offer teacher training in partnership with a funder, prepared a community report on College Readiness and provided student "Birthday Books" at a single school. 
A TOAST TO REF AND OUR PARTNERS is Rochester Education Foundation's annual fundraising event that celebrates REF's accomplishments in 2013-14 and the tangible differences that businesses, organizations, faith communities, and individuals can make in the lives of our city schoolchildren.