Heroes Ball

It’s a celebration of community heroes for their selfless acts of compassion and generosity in helping all who are facing a cancer journey and helping to enrich their lives along their journey.


Saturday, June 8, 2024

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Rochester
1111 Jefferson Road

6:00 – 7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 9:00 pm – Program & Awards

9:00 – 11:00 pm – Afterparty

It is our largest fundraiser and held annually to honor and recognize our local “heroes,” our champions against cancer and for building a supportive network of programs and resources for people impacted by cancer.  It’s a fun evening celebrating the spirit of caring and giving that makes our community a great place for all.  All funds raised from the Heroes Ball (as with all our events and fundraising) stay in Rochester to benefit the men, women, teens, and kids in our community whose lives have been touched by cancer by allowing us to provide them with free educational, social and emotional support resources.

Event Co-Chairs

Rosa LaDelfa, A&J Pharmacy

John Salter, M&T Bank

Last year’s Award Honorees (2023):

  • Mike Poweski, Elks Lodge #24C.H.A.M.P. Award (Cancer Hero Award of Merit) for meritorious, outstanding or heroic distinctive personal involvement in the cancer arena by a local individual.
  • Medal of Honor Recipient, Gary Beikirch (in memoriam)Simonetti Award in memory of Christie Simonetti and presented in recognition of a caring and concerned spirit shown to others.
  • Chuck Cerankosky, Rochester Cocktail RevivalCommunity Leader Award given to an individual or group that demonstrates exceptional leadership and philanthropy through a commitment to health care and wellness in our community.
  • Bill Schoff, The Schoff Group/UBS Financial Services, Inc. – President’s Award presented to an individual who through their leadership, inspiration or own survivorship have worked on behalf of people with cancer.

Events at Cancer Support Community at Gilda’s Club

In order to serve thousands of families each year – and because Cancer Support Community at Gilda’s Club receives no government funding – we rely heavily on funds raised though numerous events that celebrate our members, educate our community, and showcase what Cancer Support Community is all about. All event proceeds stay here in Rochester to support those in our community impacted by cancer.

From annual fan-favorites to featured events, Cancer Support Community at Gilda’s Club hosts some of the most unique and exciting celebrations in the area. Check out our calendar for upcoming events or see highlights from past events below. Feel free to contact events@cscrochester.org or via phone at 585.432.9700 with questions or to learn more about how you can be a part of these events.