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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 Rochester
1111 Jefferson Road

6:00 – 7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 9:30 pm – Dinner Program & Awards
9:30 – 11:00 pm – Afterparty


Sponsorships available, Contact:
Lorraine Clements, 585-423-9700 x305

Event Questions/Ticket Sales, Contact:
Mary Ellen Smith, 585-423-9700 x303

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

Award Honorees - 2024:

HERO Award  for meritorious, outstanding or heroic distinctive personal involvement in the cancer arena by a local individual.

  • Aram Hezel, MD (URMC/Wilmot Cancer Institute)

Jacob Gitelman Award for outstanding, meritorious service by a medical professional working with oncology patients.

  • Jeffrey Haynes, MD (Rochester Regional Health/Lipson Cancer Institute)

Simonetti Award in memory of Christie Simonetti and presented in recognition of a caring and concerned spirit shown to others.

  • Alan "Brother Wease" & Doreen Levin (The Wease Show/Radio 95.1FM)

Community Impact Award given to an individual or group that demonstrates exceptional leadership and philanthropy through a commitment to health care and wellness in our community.

  • Latino Unidos Contra Cáncer Group

President's Award presented to an individual who through their leadership, inspiration or own survivorship have worked on behalf of people with cancer.

  • Chris Keyes (Associate Board Co-chair; St. John Fisher University)
  • Conor McKenna (Associate Board Co-chair; First American Equipment Finance)