Save the Date for Encore 2009: Featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


The Genesee Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) will be featured in Encore 2009, Genesee’s largest fundraiser to benefit the Genesee Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund. Area residents should save the date for this year’s holiday tradition entitled, “Embracing the Holiday Spirit” which will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, starting at 6:00 PM. The festivities begin with a Gala Reception and continue with the BPO performing a holiday pops concert in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee’s Batavia Campus.

This year’s chairpersons, Todd and Kathy Bender are excited for the BPO’s first concert at Genesee. “Encore is always a festive event that the local community looks forward to each year,” Todd Bender said. “This year we promise it will be a great occasion for everyone and we hope to bring together people who share the common love of music and enjoy supporting education locally at Genesee Community College.”

Todd Bender (’89) and Kathy Bender (’90) are residents of Batavia, NY and are very involved in the local community. Todd is a member of Genesee’s Foundation Board, Notre Dame High School Board, a coach for Batavia baseball and softball and is involved with Junior Achievement. Kathy is involved with United Memorial Medical Center’s League Board and the Saint Joseph School Advisory Council. Todd currently owns six Verizon Wireless stores throughout New York and is the vice president of Professional Services for consilium1, an information technology professional services company. Kathy is a stay-at-home mom to their three children, Ryan (14), Lindsey (12) and Evan (10).

New to this year’s festivities will be opportunities to be a Guest Conductor and a private ‘Meet-the-Conductor’ wine reception for select benefactors. In addition to the holiday pops performance by the BPO, there will be pre-concert music at the Gala Reception and the evening concludes with delicious holiday desserts and coffee after the concert.

For reservations or for sponsorship information, call Genesee Community College Foundation at 585-345-6809. Sponsorship support is welcome at the following levels: Conductor’s Circle provides six tickets for $1,000; Golden Baton Society provides four tickets for $600; and the Inner Circle provides two tickets for $300. Singular Platinum Patron tickets are $100 each. The evening is black tie optional.