Genesee Community College Foundation's Encore 2004 Set for December 9

Genesee Community College Foundation volunteers are making final plans for Encore 2004, scheduled for Thursday, December 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Batavia Campus.

This year's event begins in the William W. Stuart Forum with a gourmet reception. At 7:45 p.m., the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, will perform a holiday pops concert in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. After the RPO's performance, guests will return to the Forum, where they will be greeted by the popular Nik and the Nice Guys band who will perform lively tunes to dessert and dancing.

Encore helps fund the Genesee Community College Foundation's scholarship program. Last year, the Foundation provided funding for 506 scholarship awards. Scholarships helped bring academically talented students to Genesee, provided financial assistance to students facing hardship, and promoted study in fields critical to the well being of the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region.

Encore 2004 will be a true musical gala, said William E. Cox who is chairing the event along with his wife Diane. "We're looking forward to hearing the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra once again," he said. "The RPO will do a magnificent job filling the theatre with the sounds of the season."

But the music will not end with the RPO, according to Mr. Cox. "Thanks to Ken Barrett, a wonderful friend of the College, we are able to bring Nik and the Nice Guys here for the event as well. This band is known across the state and beyond for its upbeat, versatile music. Nik and the Nice Guys will play a combination of holiday music and popular tunes for several hours, and add the perfect finish to an already outstanding evening."

Tickets for the event at $95 and may be obtained by calling the Genesee Community College Foundation office at (585) 345-6809.

Encore is special because it symbolizes the spirit of giving during the holiday season, said Norbert J. Fuest, President of the Genesee Community College Foundation. "Throughout the year we work to give the gift of education to students throughout our region," Mr. Fuest said. "During this magical holiday season, there is nothing more important than gathering together, celebrating the goodness of our community, and giving of ourselves to others."