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July 7, 2017 - 10:21am

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Genesee Cancer Assistance planted its Festival of Hope tree yesterday outside the Wilmot Cancer Institute on Bank Street, Batavia.

Participating were Bev Henning, Lois Gerace, Nickie Fazio, John Morrill and Ed Kirby.

Henning and Kirby are cancer survivors. Gerace is the wife of the late Joe Gerace, cofounder and former board member of Genesee Cancer Assistance. Fazio is with Genesee Cancer Assistance, and Morrill is owner of Bubba's Landscaping.

Below, Sue Underwood and Fazio hang ribbons for cancer survivors on the hydrangea tree.

The event was catered by Red Osier Landmark Restaurant in Stafford.

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June 3, 2017 - 3:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in festival of hope, Batavia Downs, batavia, news.

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Genesee Cancer Assistance held its annual Festival of Hope today at Batavia Downs, which included a crossing-training competition as well as basket raffles, music, a live broadcast by WBTA, and other events.

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June 4, 2016 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee Cancer Assistance, festival of hope, batavia, news.

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Genesee Cancer Assistance hosted its annual fundraiser and festival at Batavia Downs, the Festival of Hope, which included a cross-fit competition.

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May 30, 2016 - 6:30pm

Click here for more information or to register for the Walk Against Cancer, Yoga or Pull & Trot!

May 16, 2016 - 3:00pm


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for more information or to register for the Walk Against Cancer, Yoga or Pull & Trot!

May 29, 2015 - 10:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, 5K, festival of hope.

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Tonight was the Festival of Hope at Batavia Downs. Among the events, a 5K run and walk.

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May 6, 2015 - 3:25am
Event Date and Time: 
May 29, 2015 - 4:30pm to 9:30pm
There are actually two events:
  • 1. Genesee Cancer Assistance will hold its Annual​ Festival of Hope (Walk Against Cancer) at​ Batavia Downs, 8315​ Park Road, Batavia, NY on Friday,​ May 29, 2015​ 5:00PM-9:30PM.
The family-oriented event includes a Kid Zone, Music, Food, Raffles, Luminarias, and more!  Funds raised assist cancer patients and their families. Free Play is being given to all persons who participate in the event, just see Joe Gerace while the coupons last!
May 21, 2011 - 1:48pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in festival of hope, Genesee Cancer Assistance, 5k Run, 5k Walk.

Joe Gerace, left, Dorothy Schlaggel and Justin Calarco-Smith share a passion for helping cancer victims. As members of the Genesee Cancer Assistance Board of Directors, they took time to speak with me today about the upcoming Festival of Hope and 5K walk/run, the organization's major annual fundraiser.

Batavia Downs, at 8315 Park Road in Batavia, will host the event on Friday, June 3.

The 5k walk/run

The 5k walk/run is a new feature that was added to the Festival of Hope two years ago.

Registration starts at 4 p.m., followed by a "Lap of Honor" for cancer survivors at 5:45 and the official race at 6:15.

Schlaggel, an honorary board member and founder of Genesee Cancer Assistance, said this is not really going to be a "race," per se.

Calarco-Smith agreed.

April 20, 2010 - 9:47am
Event Date and Time: 
June 4, 2010 - 5:00pm to 11:40pm

Genesee Cancer Assistance Inc. (GCA), a community-based, volunteer organization located in Batavia, set the date for their annual Festival of Hope celebration. The Festival of Hope celebration & fundraiser gives GCA the ability to help cancer patients and families who need support.

May 29, 2008 - 11:40am

On June 6 at Batavia Downs, there will be a Festival of Hope to benefit the Genesee Cancer Assistance program.

The event runs from 4 p.m. and includes a Kidsfest starting at 5 p.m.

Children 8 and under can be pre-registered by parents calling Jennifer Lewis at 820-6946.

Tonette Stone of Noah's Ark Animal Workshop sent us a message this morning about her participation in the Kidsfest.

Noah's Ark Animal Workshop will be taking pre-orders for our Hope Bear to be delivered at the event.  The cost is $25, with $5.00 going to the GCA fundraiser.  We will also be selling "Wishing Stars" throughout the event at $3.00 each with all the proceeds going to GCA. 

For more information, click here.


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