More than 250 area community members are putting their muscle behind finding needed treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and related diseases that limit strength and mobility at Toast to Life on May 16 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of western New York.
The event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Comedy at The Carlson, 50 Carlson Road, Rochester, will feature with tastings by JD Wine Cellars and Dublin Corners Farm Brewery, cocktails, food, live and silent auctions and comedy. Proceeds will raise funds and awareness to help kids and adults in western NY with muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.
MDA will honor Wanda Polisseni with the Community Leader Award for her work in Greater Rochester to help children, adults and animals. The award annually honors those who make a significant impact on the people served by MDA of western NY.
Charles Thornton and Emma Ciafaloni will speak about the work they do at the MDA Care Center at University of Rochester Medical Center. Jessica Arnold, MDA local ambassador, will speak about her journey with MDA.
“Wanda Polisseni does so much for our community that she is a natural fit for our Community Leader Award,” said Maggie Thomas, executive director. “We are also thrilled to be trying our annual event, formerly known as ‘All That Jazz,’ with a new name, a new date, a new venue and some new elements like comedy. Comedy at The Carlson is a treasure in an historic Rochester building, and we are so pleased to be working with them.”
Contributions help MDA’s efforts in funding research and programs, including support groups and more than 150 MDA Care centers across the country. Funds help send 60 local kids to MDA Summer Camp at Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, at no cost to their families.
Call (585) 424-6560 or visit for tickets and information about MDA’s services.