More than 400 people had a “merry good time” June 6 at the “A Pirate’s Life” event — the 18th annual auction and party to benefit the work of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, helping to raise more than $80,000. Food, wine and microbrews were available, and music was provided by the Four on the Floor Jazz Quartet.
More than 150 silent and live auction treasures were offered by guest auctioneer Dr. John Gillespie, who entertained the crowd.
A trip to the Bahamas and a ride to dinner for four in a 1953 Rolls Royce were among the highest-raising items. Many guests joined in the fun by arriving in pirate or wench attire, including Honorary Chairs Bryan and Susan Hetherington.
Sponsors of the event included the Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, MVP Healthcare, Gallo & Iacovangelo, Highland Hospital/University of Rochester, Dave Guadagnino and Mary Beauchamp, Rochester General Health Systems and St. John Fisher College.
Decorations of ship masts, treasure chests, pirate flags, skulls and palm trees were created and donated by Jill Cypher.
Proceeds will benefit the center’s programs proving medical and mental health care to more than 2,500 individuals each year who are uninsured or under insured.
Opened in 1993, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. For more information, call St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center at (585) 325-5260, or visit www.sjncenter.org.
The party was at Temple B’rith Kodesh.