Rochester Lilac Festival recently announced a new charity partnership, the second in its 120-year history.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Initiative will receive $2 of every advance ticket purchased, using code HABITAT, for the two live performances in the 12,000 square foot Special Event Tent this year.
The two performances are in addition to more than 50 acts taking place on the Sahlen’s Center Stage during the 10-day free festival.
Orny Adams will deliver a stand-up routine that vacillates between the relevant and absurd at 7 p.m. on May 16. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Habitat’s Women Build will also hold a celebrity guest bartending event in the tent two hours before Adams goes on stage. Tips from the bartending event will go directly to Women Build.
“This is the first year we’ll be doing ticketed, live performances in the Special Events Tent, and we have some really exciting shows planned to start this new tradition right,” said Jeff Springut, festival producer. “Bringing Flower City Habitat in as a community benefactor for the tent means people can enjoy the good vibes of the show while doing good for our community.”
“Flower City Habitat is proud to be associated with an iconic Rochester event such as the Lilac festival,” said Matt Flanigan, CEO. “In addition to enjoying themselves during the tent performances, festival goers will be providing vital fundraising support for our Women Build initiative, which is poised to begin construction on its 14th house this year. Thanks to this new partnership, Women Build will continue to be one of Flower City Habitat’s most productive teams building homeownership, communities and hope for well-deserving families in our city.”
The festival will continue its partnership with Willow Domestic Violence Center, which became the first Rochester Lilac Festival charity partner in 2017. Willow will continue to receive a portion of the proceeds from the annual Lilac Run 5K/10K and Donut Dash.
Three additional ticketed events will be taking place in the Special Events Tent: the Wine Tasting Expo from noon to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 12, Bloody Mary Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 13 and the Craft Beer Expo from noon to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 19.
Visit rochesterevents.com/lilac-festival for information.