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October 16, 2018 - 1:03pm

Arc of Genesee Orleans annual Chili & Chowder Fest & Bake Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Arc Community Center.

It is located at 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia.

There will also be grilled cheese sandwiches for purchase in addtion to the hearty, homemade chili and chowder. Take-outs available.

Early tickets will be available only from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

Tickets, both presale Friday and day-of-the-event Saturday, are available only at the Arc Community Center on Woodrow Road.

All proceeds benefit people with disabilities.

There will be 100 theme baskets raffled off. Need not be present to win. Drawings will be at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Want to donate a basket or get more information? Call Arc of Genesee Orleans at 343-4203.

April 11, 2018 - 1:14pm


The Batavia High School Varsity Softball Team is pictured above donating a check of $1,000 to board members of Genesee Cancer Assistance.

The team raised $3,000 during a Bat-a-thon fundraising event called "Strike Out Cancer" on March 24th at Batavia High School. It was a priority this season as a way to contribute to a local charity.

"This was something our team and program wanted to do to make a difference in our community," said first-year Coach Jim Fazio. "Our girls went above and beyond in all of our fundraising efforts and this seemed like a perfect place to show our support."

Head Coach Jim Fazio presents the check to Board Member Nickie Fazio, who coordinates the Simply Beautiful program, and office manager Teresa Potrzebowski​ of Genesee Cancer Assistance.

March 28, 2018 - 4:24pm
posted by Billie Owens in GCC, fundraising, duck derby, united way campaign.

Press release:

Last Thursday, the Genesee Community College Pool was filled with 400 bright yellow rubber ducks each representing a donation to the eighth Annual United Way Campaign.

The Duck Derby is the single biggest initiative GCC developed to solicit donations for the campaign from faculty, staff and students. However events are scheduled throughout the campaign period.

This year the Duck Derby raised more than $400 for the United Way and the following participants won prizes: Katina Maher, John McGowan, Dave Hoover, Marguerite Badami, Kelly Sutcliff and Maureen Goodsell.

To champion the campaign efforts each year GCC establishes a United Way Committee. The 2018 committee includes:

  • Courtney Andros, assistant director of HR Compliance
  • Bethany Aradine, assistant director of HR
  • Justine Briggs, TS Business training specialist
  • John McGowan, director of Business and Employee Training Skills (BEST Center)
  • Katherine Trombley, director of the Adult Education Opportunity Center (AEOC)
  • Gina Weaver, associate vice president of HR
  • Dolores Wilkin, HR Department secretary
  • GCC's student athletes

The committee has set a donation goal of $16,000 for 2018, a 6-percent increase over 2017. Donations are accepted through payroll deductions, one-time gifts and of course, the purchase of ducks for the Duck Derby.

"The United Way does so much for so many organizations and individuals in our community," Campaign Coordinator Gina Weaver said. "Our campaign is our way of ensuring that good work can continue."

GCC faculty, students and staff are encouraged to make their contributions online at https://secure.uwrochester.org/epledge/crm/Start.jsp?accountNumber=53868.

September 27, 2011 - 8:36pm
posted by Marie Nettnin in fundraising, Young Life, teen ministry, Bohns.
Event Date and Time: 
October 28, 2011 - 6:00pm
March 29, 2010 - 11:12am

The Genesee County high schools' "Change for Change" fundraiser has come to an end. The money raised will benefit United Way charities in Genesee County.

Nancy Harding of the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union reported the following totals after final deposits were made on Friday:

Batavia High: $3,384.27

New York State School for the Blind: $701.73

Oakfield: $459.06

Pavilion: $32.95

March 23, 2010 - 4:22pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Announcements, schools, Oakfield, fundraising.

Nick Burk and Chris Weicher (right) of Batavia High School bask in the light of their glory -- actually, their bald heads just amplify the sunlight to a ridiculous degree -- as they stand on the school's roof to raise money for the United Way. They spent hours on the rooftop on Friday.

Last week was the second week of Change for Change, the Genesee County high schools' fundraising project for the United Way.

Nancy Harding of the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union reported a tally of $1,327.92 for Batavia High and a tally of $148.45 for Oakfield. No activity from the other schools has been reported.

Stay posted for another update in the next week.

March 17, 2010 - 3:03pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in fundraising, pavilion central school.

Last week was the first week of "Change for Change," the Genesee County high schools' fundraising project for the United Way. Batavia High and Pavilion Central were the only two schools to deposit money with the Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union on Friday. The project's representative at TVFCU said that the other schools were busy with testing.

Right now, Batavia is in the lead with $224.84. Pavilion's earnings total $97.71.

Stay posted for further updates in the coming weeks.

February 24, 2010 - 1:23pm
posted by Wendy Leffler in fundraising, volunteering.
Event Date and Time: 
March 5, 2010 - 11:00am to 6:00pm

Large (Hope) Bouquets are $15.00 (about 21 stems); Small (Traditional) Bouquets are $7.00 (about 7 stems).  Chances are you know someone or know of someone who has been helped by Hospice.  Please brighten someone's day with flowers and help a great cause at the same time!

On-Site Sales Locations:

Batavia Downs, Park Rd., Batavia--3:00 - 6:00

CEF Credit Union, E. Main St., Attica--1:30 - 3:30

Pioneer Credit Recovery, 26 Edward St., Arcade--11:00 - 1:00

February 24, 2010 - 1:13pm
posted by Wendy Leffler in fundraising, volunteering.
Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2010 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Large (Hope) Bouquets are $15.00 (include about 21 stems); Small (Traditional) Bouquets are $7.00 ( include about 7 stems).

Brighten someone's day and help a great cause!  We are the only Medicare certified provider of Hospice services in Genesee & Wyoming counties.

On-Site Sales Location: Pioneer Credit Recovery, 20 Parker Lane (off Main Street), Perry--10:30 - 12:30.

February 24, 2010 - 12:56pm
posted by Wendy Leffler in fundraising, volunteering.
Event Date and Time: 
March 3, 2010 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Annual HomeCare & Hospice Guild Spring Bouquet Sale: Large (Hope) Bouquets are $15.00 for 21 stems; Small (Traditional) Bouquets are $7.00 for 7 stems.  On-site sales location:

Phat Katz Restaurant, Main St., Elba

All Day or until sold out

February 12, 2010 - 12:31pm

Everybody likes a little friendly competition, right? And if it's for a good cause, all the better!

These guys definitely feel that way:

Half of them are pictured above...

...and here's the other half!

High schoolers from all over Genesee County are getting involved in "Change for Change" (C4C), a fundraising project for United Way of Genesee County. Student government reps from Batavia High School, the NYS State School for the Blind, Oakfield-Alabama High School and Pavillion Central School gathered in the BHS auditorium Yesterday to kick-start the project. 

October 8, 2009 - 9:38pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 24, 2009 - 7:00am to 2:00pm

Kiwanis Club of Batavia's 51st Annual Pancake Days

Saturday, October 24th, 2009   --   7:00 am - 2:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church Service Building--Corner of Main Street & Liberty Street

Adult - $5.00   Child (10 and under) - $3.00   Senior Citizens ( 62 and over) - $3.00

Pancakes, sausage, fresh cider and a wonderful fully served, sit-down breakfast.  Giveaways, music and more...

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Anita @ 585-813-5371

Or see a Batavia Kiwanian!



August 11, 2009 - 7:03pm
posted by Tasia Boland in batavia, Announcements, oakfield-alabama, fundraising.

When people have a strong motivation that drives them to devote all their time and effort to something worthwhile, they are bound to find happiness; at least this is the case for Batavia resident Donald R. Carroll, who has spent countless hours helping local youth.

He is one of four inductees for the Oakfield-Alabama High School Hall of Fame ceremony, which takes place the first weekend in October.

For the last 35 years, Carroll has lived by his motto, “Pay it forward.” He graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Central School in 1974. Instead of following the trend of going off to college after getting his diploma, Carroll decided to join the workforce and focus on his passion for helping less fortunate children.Don Carroll before.jpg

For his first organized project, he partnered with the Genesee/Wyoming YMCA to raise money to send kids to camp. The fundraiser was successful for 23 years.

Erik Fix, branch director of the Genesee/Wyoming YMCA said Carroll has collaborated with the organization over the years on many different occasions. Fix said most recently they have combined efforts on Don’s Secret Santa fundraiser to give gifts to children at Christmas time.

This fundraiser started because Carroll wanted to ensure every underprivileged child he was aware of was not disappointed on Christmas morning. This project has recently been expanded to provide grade school kids with supplies for school and winter coats.

Shortly after the camp fundraiser, Carroll switched his focus to helping students with college expenses. He started a 5k and 10k run in Batavia that ended in 2005 to support the Genesee Community College Foundation.

In 1997 he was named Geneseean of the Year (A person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, contributed or volunteered beyond the call of duty and who is a resident of Genesee County) by the Chamber of Commerce.

Donald R. Carroll, the quiet, shy orphan who by chance grew up in Oakfield, NY, has become a true “Guardian Angel” of the less fortunate children of Genesee County.Don Carroll after(2).JPG

Donald credits his success to having grown up in Oakfield and attending OACS where one individual in particular took a special interest in him. Donald will always be indebted to Coach Bill Burns for guiding him in high school, and getting him his first job as a counselor at YMCA Camp Hough. Coach Burns taught him by example about lending a hand, "paying it forward."

OA Alumni HOF dinner details: 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. at OA Middle High School. Tickets are $17. How to get tickets:

  • 1. Write your check to "Dollars for Scholars"
  • 2. Put "Hall of Fame" in the memo area
  • 3. Mail check to -- Hall of Fame Treasurer, OACS, 7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield,  NY 14125
June 21, 2009 - 2:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bethany, fundraising.


Tom Bruggman stands next to the Arctic Cat 4x4 being raffled off by the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department. Bruggman set up today at the Genesee County Airport, near the Rotary Fly-In Breakfast.  For more information about the raffle, visit the Bethany VFD Web site.

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