Camp Good Days and Special Times celebrated its volunteers’ dedication by hosting The Night of Gratitude, which is held each year to say “thank you.”
This event was special this year because Camp Good Days is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
This year, the event was held March 8 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Rochester. Scott Pitoniak, a local columnist and author, was the master of ceremonies for the event, and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo came to give the awardees certificates.
The Teddi Award winners — presented to those who have gone above and beyond, throughout the past year, in fulfillment of the mission of Camp Good Days — from the Rochester area included Bob Bleier, Audrey Dunn, Louis Eichel, Patrick Fisher, Pat Funke, Olivia Gosdeck, Lt. Laura Grande, Chantal Loeb, Assistant Monroe County Executive Mike Molinari, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office PBA, John Piccirilli, Pittsford Football, McQuaid Row for Hope 2018, Officer Walt Sanders, Takedown Cancer Wrestling Duals, retired investigator Brian Tucker and Guy Ward.
The Ring of Honor inductees — presented to those who have shown continued and outstanding support, dedication and commitment to Camp Good Days — from the Rochester area included Joelle Cain, Greg Cutt, TruePath Technologies, UA Local 13 Pipefitters and Plumbers and Youngblood Disposal.
The inductees were given a certificate, a lapel pin or charm, and a mini brick with their name on it, representative of the full-sized brick that will be placed in their name in the Ring of Honor at Camp Good Days’ recreational facility on Keuka Lake.
A special Ring of Honor inductee for this year was Rochester Music Hall of Famer, Bat McGrath, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. McGrath was able to visit Camp Good Days’ recreational facility in the summer of 2015, during the international program, to play the special song he wrote about Camp Good Days. At this year’s Night of Gratitude, the song he wrote, along with the video made to accompany it, was played for the 200 attendees.
Call Camp Good Days at (585) 624-5555 or visit campgooddays.org for more information about the many programs and services provided by Camp Good Days and to learn about volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation.