Rock Fest 2007, which occurred on November 9 in the Forum at Genesee Community College, provided great music and fun to the attendees, but it also resulted in a significant donation to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Representatives from Wilmot came to Genesee’s Batavia Campus Friday afternoon and were presented a check for $941.92 for cancer research.
Rock Fest 2007 was organized by GCC Fine Arts student, Laura Diemer, who worked through the fall semester with a number of different groups and organizations both on and off campus to plan the successful evening. From the College Public Safety Office to Student Activities, numerous rock bands to WGCC 90.7, the College’s own radio station---Laura coordinated a wide assemble of people to ensure Rock Fest was a night to remember for all the right reasons.
The event was sponsored by WGCC 90.7 radio station and all proceeds from the $5 ticket sales were dedicated to benefit a nonprofit organization. Several members of the radio station whose lives or family members have been impacted by cancer decided to use proceeds from Rock Fest as a donation to the Wilmot Cancer Center.
“One in three people are affected by cancer,” Laura, who is a resident of Darien, NY, stated. “This past year the focus of Rock Fest was still on good music, but we wanted to raise awareness about cancer research as well.”
The line-up of this year’s Rock Fest included six bands blending local rock favorites with two well-known national acts. Included in the show were: Broken Frame and Pollock both from Buffalo; The Con from Byron-Bergen; Urgency from Rochester; Karate High School from San Francisco; and The Secret Lives of Freemasons from Asheville NC.
“Our line-up this year reflected the positive concept of supporting local musicians from both Buffalo and Rochester, while bringing in some national talent that would draw headlines,” Canfield said. “And all of the great music supported a very worthy cause. The outcome was a win-win for everyone.”
In addition to WGCC 90.7 support, JAMS Music in Attica NY was the sponsor for Rock Fest 2007 and donated a Halo guitar as the top door prize. Approximately 400 music fans from across Western New York attended Rock Fest.
For a photograph of the check donation with representatives of Wilmot Cancer Research Center, WGCC 90.7, and Genesee Community College officials, please contact Donna Rae Sutherland, Genesee’s Associate Director of Marketing Communications at 585-343-0055 x 6616.