H. Michael and Barbara Easton, Co-Chairpersons of Encore 2003, have named members of the planning committee for the event. Encore 2003 is a holiday fund raising event benefiting the Genesee Community College Foundation's scholarship fund. Members include Eugene and Lucinda Arnold of Batavia; William and Diane Cox, Batavia; Scott German, Batavia; John and Christin Kirkwood, LeRoy; James Saraceni, Batavia; Walter and Gina Szczesny, Batavia; Coreen Wozniak, Darien Center.
Encore 2003 is scheduled for December 11. It begins in the Batavia Campus' William W. Stuart Forum at 6:00 p.m. A holiday pops concert of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra follows at 7:45 p.m. After the RPO concert, a new "afterglow" event featuring live music, coffee, and dessert follows in the Forum.
Encore invitations are available from the Genesee Community College Foundation office at 585-345-6809. Tickets are $85 each. The Platinum patron tickets, entitles patrons to a listing in the program, are $95 each.
Mr. and Mrs. Easton are longtime community volunteers and supporters of Genesee Community College. Mr. Easton manages all M & T Bank offices in the area. Mrs. Easton is a member of the faculty of Batavia High School.
The theme of this year's event, selected by the committee, is "Holiday in New York." The committee plans to carry the theme throughout the event, according to Mr. Easton. "Encore is now ten years old," he said. "It is a wonderful holiday event, and absolutely unique in the area. This year we decided to keep the basics of the event intact, such as the opening reception and the holiday concert. But we added a variety of new food items, and we worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra to add some enjoyable new twists to the concert. And the biggest change is ?afterglow'. Encore guests can visit with each other after the event, enjoy dessert, dance, and simply celebrate the season."
The Genesee Community College Foundation contributed $253,196 in scholarship support to students last year. Scholarships recognize academic merit, provide financial assistance to needy students, and promote study in fields crucial to the well-being of the region.