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Goodwill of the Finger Lakes raises $226K for regional programs

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The 2024 Goodwill Gala, hosted by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and Smola Consulting, successfully gathered over $226,435 in donations during its event at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester on March 9. Under the banner of “Elevating Community. Empowering Connections,” the gala aimed to support and fund Goodwill’s critical community services, including 211/LIFE LINE, Good Neighbor, and Goodwill Vision Services.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

The annual event, now in its third year with Jennifer Boutte at the helm of community engagement, showcased Goodwill’s expansive role beyond its retail stores. The gala emphasized the organization’s commitment to providing essential services such as the 24-hour 211/LIFE LINE support system, which offers a lifeline to those in need within the Greater Rochester region.

The black-tie-optional evening was not only a fundraising event but also a celebration of community impact and leadership, honoring Dr. April Aycock and Kevin Lynch with distinguished awards for their contributions. Attendees enjoyed a night of festivities including auctions, music, and dancing, all in support of Goodwill’s mission to empower individuals and enrich the Finger Lakes community.