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3rd Annual Comedy @ the Carlson

50 Carlson Rd, Rochester, NY 14610

Mar 18, 2020

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for some midweek music and laughs to benefit the patients of the Pluta Cancer center.

               6:00- 7:00 Cash bar, 50/50 raffle, pub fare available for purchase

               7:00 Comedy Show

               Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door, available at

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15th Annual Toast to Hope

Locust Hill Country Club

Jun 8, 2020

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Toast to Hope committee has selected Pluta for the sixth year in a row to be the beneficiary of their stunning fashion show event! Join us on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at 5:30pm at Locust Hill Country Club for an evening of fun and fundraising.

Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic

Brooklea Country Club

Jul 14, 2020

8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Mike Vadala – Tournament Chairman

Rochester, New York is a great golf city and has been known for hosting fantastic golf

events for decades. A long time tradition that helped build that reputation has been the

annual presence of a women’s professional golf tournament. The 29 year tradition of

the LPGA visiting Rochester was in danger, until the membership of Brook-Lea Country

Club, the LPGA Symetra Tour, and local not-for-profit Upstate Golf Charities joined

forces to bring The Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic to Rochester to add to that


Thus far we have exceeded all expectations for the people and corporations who participated in the tournament.

The feedback that we received was such that continuing the event was an easy decision. Consider the following

comments that we received during and after the tournament.

• Local Executive – “The best Pro-Am experience I have ever had at any level”

• Fan/Attendee – “So much more personal than other golf viewing opportunities”

• Professional – “Best tournament on tour, hands down,” and “best fans, best volunteers, the most fun”

• LPGA staff – “Knowledgeable volunteers made it great; rarely a mistake made in any aspect”

• Fan/Attendee – “Had never seen this golf course, but it is a gem”

• High School Player who played in the Pro-Am – “The best day of my life”

• Women’s Forum – “The best event that I have ever attended”

On top of that kind of feedback, we know that our event has been a wonderful tribute to Danielle Downey, Rochester’s most successful golfer, who had a vision to keep golf here indefinitely, and to help younger players and the community. Our inclusion of young high school players in the Monday Pro-Am continued her nine year effort to do so. This year's tournament benefits the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.

We know that you will love the LPGA Symetra Tour and The Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic. We want to be the best tournament and we hope that you will help us to that end. We are well on our way!



21st Annual Emerald Ball

Oak Hill Country Club

Sep 12, 2020

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Named for the healing powers of the emerald, the Emerald Ball was established to honor the caring staff at Pluta Cancer Center and to raise funds to support our mission. As the Foundation’s signature event, the Emerald Ball has raised over $6 million since its inception, which supports our patients and their families. Some of these funds have been used to cover unexpected medical expenses, support program initiatives, expand and enhance our current integrative oncology programs, and provide support specialized training and engagement for Pluta employees.

To learn more about the Emerald Ball and how you can become involved in the event, click here.

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10th Annual Très Chic Fashion Show

Monroe Golf Club

Nov 19, 2020

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Très Chic Fashion Show is held annually just before the holiday season. Guests can kick off their holiday shopping at the Très Chic Boutique, which features local vendors with great items that make wonderful gifts. Pluta patients, doctors & nurses are sure to be the highlight of the fashion show. The show also features children of Pluta patients and staff. The proceeds from the fashion show benefit the Women's Fund, which supports women who are facing financial, social and emotional hardship due to their cancer diagnosis.

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Third-Party Events

People find all kinds of creative and inspiring ways to give—such as raising money through golf tournaments, jewelry parties, barbecues and staff basketball games. The event team would be happy to work with you and your organization to plan a third-party event to benefit the Foundation.

Please call Lisa Abbott-Cisco, Development Coordinator, at 585-486-0607 or email if you have a great fundraising idea!

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