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2015 Press-Radio Club Meeting Schedule

March 24, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Member Lunch Meeting
DoubleTree - Henrietta, NY

May 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
66th Annual Day of Champions Dinner
All Members
Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center - Rochester, NY

July 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Member Lunch Event
Location and Date - TBA

September 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Charities Committee
Pieters Family Life Center - Rochester, NY

October 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Member Lunch Meeting
Oak Hill Country Club - Rochester, NY

November 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Board Meeting
Mary Cariola Center - Rochester, NY

December 8, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Member Lunch Meeting
Brook-Lea Country Club - Rochester, NY


The Associated Press names DeMarco Murray
NFL Offensive Player of the Year for 2014

All Pro record-setting running back DeMarco Murray will receive the Rochester Press-Radio Club Sports Personality of the Year Award at the 66th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children's Charities Dinner on Monday, May 4, at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center.

Murray is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he rushed for a franchise-record 1,845 yards and shattered Hall of Famer Jim Brown's NFL mark by stringing together eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games to start the season. A native of Las Vegas and a former All-American at the University of Oklahoma, Murray played a vital role in helping the Cowboys win the NFC East division and make it to the second round of the playoffs. Through his foundation, Murray, 27, has provided educational support and resources for underprivileged youth.

Murray is the latest in a long line of prominent Day of Champions sports headliners that in recent years have included Peyton and Eli Manning, Cal Ripken Jr., Colin Kaepernick, Joe Torre and Arnold Palmer.

"We are thrilled to continue our club's tradition of bringing in top-shelf sports personalities to help raise money for worthy children's charities in our community," said Mike Kauffman, the club's vice president and talent chair.

Local, regional, and national recipients will also be honored at the dinner:

The Major Donald Holleder Award, (posthumously) Joseph A. Floreano, former Executive Director of the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, the Morrie Silver Award, Dr. William Destler, President, R.I.T., The Charlie Wagner Award, Mark Crane, Owner and Founder of Mark’s Pizzeria, the Christine Wagner Welch Award, Sung C. Kim, Vice President of Master Kim's Taekwondo Institute, Inc., Coach of the Year presented by the Rochester RazorSharks, Jake Coon, R.I.T. men’s lacrosse head coach, the Democrat and Chronicle Amateur Athlete of the Year, Marissa Sell, Roberts Wesleyan College, the Democrat and Chronicle Pro Athlete of the Year Award, Matt Vinc, 4x NLL winning lacrosse goaltender for the Rochester Knighthawks, the Eddie Meath Club Member Award, “Red” Fedele, Brook House Restaurant owner and donor, and the Elliot Cushing Award presented by the Monroe County Sports Commission, promoting sports on a national level, Mike Woods, Head Cross Country & Assistant Track & Field Coach at SUNY Geneseo.

The ESL Volunteer of the Year Award, Ron Kampff, Founder and Coach, Webster Challenger Baseball Coach and Webster Miracle Field, the Gary Smith/George Beahon Sports Media Excellence Award, Bill Bruton, The Batavia Daly News, the Jean Giambrone Award, Gail Mann, Nazareth College Women’s Soccer Coach, the Jerry Flynn College Award, Nina Korn, U of R Women’s Softball, Rich Funke College Award, Gordon Lyons, SUNY Geneseo Men’s Basketball, Paychex High School Female Athlete, Santita Ebangwese, Pittsford Sutherland High School Women’s Volleyball, Paychex High School Male Athlete, Mike Wagner, Victor High School Football, and the four high school Harvey Anderson Scholarship Award winners are: Sydney Cowie, Perry High School, Ian Brown, Canandaigua Academy, Michayla Salatel, Geneseo High School, and Christian Hollister, Perry High School.

Being recognized as Hometown Heroes by Coca-Cola Refreshments are Dr. Lauren Liebermann, College at Brockport and Camp Abilities, Captain Lorraine Strem, Rochester Police Department and Alternatives for Battered Women, and “Part-time” Joe Vicario, R.I.T. Hockey Manager.

Since the Press-Radio Club's inception in 1949, it has donated more than a million dollars to Rochester charities.

Tickets for the dinner are $130, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,200. All packages are now sold out.

To reserve tickets, call 585-340-1460. Credit cards or money orders are accepted as payment. Email:

The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola Refreshments, the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group; ESL Federal Credit Union, Paychex Corporation, the Rochester Red Wings, the Rochester RazorSharks, and Monroe County Sports Commission.