Challenges

Together, we make an extraordinary difference.

Thanks to the generosity of those who have created these Challenges, there is even more incentive to get involved today. You can double the impact with a gift of any size! When it is combined with the donations of so many others our collective impact is magnified and we can make a difference that is profound.

Thank you to all of our challengers, and to all of those who participated in challenges to help #FueltheFirst!

Open Challenges

Ed ’58 and Barbara Hajim Class of 1958 Reunion Challenge Launch

$350,000

To encourage members of the Class of 1958 in this milestone year, for every gift made by members of the Class of 1958, Ed and Barbara Hajim will make a donation – up to a total of $350,000. To encourage giving throughout the Reunion year, this challenge will remain open through December 31, 2018.

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Class of 1993: Participation Challenge Launch

$93,000 Challenge

A generous anonymous donor, from the Class of ’93 will make a donation for every gift made by the Class of 1993 on the Day of Giving—up to a total of $93,000. To encourage giving throughout the Reunion year, this challenge will remain open through December 31, 2018.

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Completed Challenges

Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA) George Eastman Circle Challenge

Challenge Complete!

George Eastman Circle National Chair, Evans Lam ’83, ’84S (MBA), has committed $250,000 and is leading a challenge for the George Eastman Circle to reach a goal of $1M+, by encouraging participation from 100 members.

If you make a pledge payment, join for the first time, or renew your membership in the George Eastman Circle—it counts towards this challenge!

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More Diapers for Golisano Children’s Hospital!

$1000 Unlocked!

Help us be the first to provide comfort and care. $1,000 to purchase 10,000 diapers for babies at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Grewal Young Alumni Challenge

Challenge Complete!

*Update: 65 donors raised $4.511.12*

The Young Alumni Polaski Challenge

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped us raise $1,000 to purchase 10,000 diapers for babies at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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Golisano Children’s Hospital Diaper Challenge

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped us raise $1,000 to purchase 10,000 diapers for babies at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

UR Athletics Challenge – Midnight

$500 Prize

UR Men’s Football has won an additional $500.00 for their team! Congratulations to all of the alumni, parents, and friends who pushed your team to the top of the leaderboard all day long!

UR Athletics Challenge – Noon

$500 Prize

UR Men’s Football has won an additional $500.00 for their team! Help push a team you love to the top of the leaderboard! Our next winner will be chosen at midnight!

UR Medicine

Challenge Unlocked!

You raised $3,000 to honor the 3,000 clinicians and scientists who conduct research at UR Medicine.

Scott P’20 and Laurie Sommer P’20 George Eastman Circle Parent Challenge

$20,000 Challenge

*Update: 12 donors and $80,000*

George Eastman Circle Members, Scott P’20 and Laurie Sommer P’20 have committed $20,000 and are leading a challenge to encourage Parent participation for the George Eastman Circle. For every parent that joins the George Eastman Circle, renews a membership, or pays their pledge, Scott and Laurie will donate $1,000 – up to $20,000.

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Contribute Close to Home, Supporting your Community Hospital

Challenge Complete!

In honor of every gift made to Highland Hospital on the Day of Giving, Highland’s own Dr. Steven Finkelstein and Ms. Marie Cinti will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.

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Honor 60 Years of Meals On Wheels

Challenge Complete!

To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Meals On Wheels, for every gift made to Meals on Wheels, Dr. Wallace Johnson & Dr. Karen Duguid will match those donations up to $5,000.

Funds for programs like Meals On Wheels provided hundreds of thousands of nutritious, volunteer-delivered meals to thousands of homebound recipients throughout Monroe County in New York

Nancy ’78 and Erick Bond ’77 Challenge Launch

Challenge Complete!

In honor of every gift, of any amount, to Community-Engaged Learning, Nancy ’78 and Erick ’77 Bond will make a donation—up to a total of $100,000.

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Warner School of Education and Human Development Challenge

Challenge Complete!

When you donate today to the Warner School of Education and Human Development Fund, Warner professors Martha Mock and Jeff Choppin will donate an additional $100 – up to a total of $7,500.

Memorial Art Gallery

Challenge Unlocked!

You raised enough funding to help cover supplies and equipment for Rochester City School District students to attend classes at the Creative Workshop. Thank you for supporting children and the arts in the MAG-RCSD Expanded Learning Collaboration.

Newman Community Challenge

Challenge Complete!

In honor of every gift made to the Newman Community Fund on the Day of Giving, Paul ’95, ’01 (PhD) and Sheilah Murphy will make a donation – up to a total of $24,000.

A gift of $100 will provide a “Newman Night Meal” for a student. $150 helps with a Kairos Retreat Scholarship.

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Mt. Hope Family Center Challenge

Challenge Complete!

You helped Mt. Hope provide evidence-based intervention and prevention services to more than 900 at-risk children and families in Rochester every year. Thank you!

River Campus Libraries

Challenge Unlocked!

These funds will help a student develop and execute a workshop or event in the iZone! You helped provide this meaningful and resume-building gift to an entrepreneurial student looking to grow!

Golisano Children’s Hospital

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped raise $1,200 for Golisano Children’s Hospital, which can help can purchase 10 Baby Care Bags, providing new parents in need with items such as hygiene supplies, baby clothes, and pacifier holders.

School of Nursing Challenge: In Memory of Julia Ann Schottmiller-Koestner ’84N

Challenge Complete!

In honor of every gift made to the School of Nursing Annual Fund, on the Day of giving, Dr. John C. ’53 and Mrs. Anne H. Schottmiller will make a donation – up to a total of $1,000 – in memory of their daughter, Julia Ann Schottmiller-Koestner ’84N

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UR Medicine Home Care

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped Meals On Wheels serve 10 more lunches today! We raised $240, which means we can deliver meals to 10 homebound seniors.

Simon School of Business

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped 10 students to participate in Case competitions that offer invaluable hands-on opportunities to apply the analytical and problem solving skills they’ve learned in class and to expand their professional networks.

Eastman School of Music Flute Challenge

Challenge Complete!

More than 1,000 Eastman School of Music alumni gave last year to support the school’s studios, scholarships, ensembles and facilities.

Fuel the First Today with the Hillel Challenge!

Challenge Complete!

In honor of every gift made to the Hillel Fund on the Day of Giving, David ’73 and Laureine Greenbaum matched donations – up to a total of $10,000.

Donations to Hillel help support programs like Challah for Hunger, Matzah Ball Soup Hotline, Holiday services, meals and programs, and more.

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Hillel’s Home Stretch Challenge

Challenge Complete!

Barry Swidler ’77 is generously matching the next round of gifts made up to $5,000! Think of all the other opportunities we could provide for our students if we continue giving on this day of firsts. Can you help us get there

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Challenge Unlocked!

You helped us reach $750 to cover the cost for an Instrument Kit for a medical student (includes a stethoscope, ophthalmology tool, otoscope, tuning fork, etc.)

Wilmot Cancer Institute 10th Anniversary Challenge

Challenge Complete!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center building, in honor of every gift made to Wilmot on the Day of Giving, Marie Rampello will match donations up to $7,500. This challenge is in tribute to Marie’s son, Samuel Paul Rex, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star veteran of Operation Desert Storm, as well as her father, Samuel Anthony Rampello.

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