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Spring Member Lunch Meeting
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Doubletree by Hilton

Day of Champions Dinner
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center

Picnic and Game
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
6:00 pm Picnic, 7:05 pm Game
Frontier Field

2019 Golf Tournament
Monday, September 9, 2019
10:30 am Registration
Salmon Creek Country Club


UPDATE: The Meet & Greet and VIP Reception are currently sold out with waiting lists. There are a few tables, individual seats, sponsorships, and ads available.

Record-setting Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will headline the 70th annual Rochester Press-Radio Club Day of Champions Children's Charity Dinner on Wednesday, April 3 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Mahomes will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award, and will be joined at the head table by other sports figures and local award winners to be announced in the coming weeks.

While guiding the Chiefs to a 12-4 record and the AFC West title this season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, joining Peyton Manning of the 2013 Denver Broncos as the only quarterbacks in National Football League history to exceed both of those passing milestones in the same season. Mahomes, whose father, Pat, was a Major League Baseball pitcher, was named league MVP by Sports Illustrated this week and has the Chiefs in contention for their first Super Bowl appearance in 48 years. They have a playoff bye this weekend.

"We are excited to have one of the NFL's best quarterbacks as our headliner," said Press-Radio Club President Mike Kauffman. "Each year we strive to bring the biggest names in sports to our dinner, and Patrick clearly continues that tradition."

Tickets for the dinner are $135, with a table of 10 available for a discounted price of $1,250. A limited number of private "Meet and Greet Patrick Mahomes" packages are available for $650. The package includes two dinner tickets, two 8x10 photographs with the headliner and a commemorative autographed football. A limited number of VIP reception tickets are being offered at $235 per person, which also includes a dinner ticket.

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

The club gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: Coca-Cola of Northern New England, ConServe, the Democrat and Chronicle, ESL Federal Credit Union, the Rochester Red Wings, the Rochester NY Sports Commission.

Rochester Press-Radio Club Honorees

Major Donald Holleder Award
Ricky Palermo, Ricky Palermo Foundation, Batavia

Amateur Athlete Award presented by Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center
Cierra Dillard, UB, basketball

Charlie Wagner Award
John Grillo, Holley-Kendall, wrestling coach

Christine Wagner-Welch Award
Ann Kurz, Wegmans employee, U of R grad, Al Sigl Community of Agencies

Coach of the Year presented by the Mullen Group
Chris Schultz, SUNY Geneseo College Head Coach, men's ice hockey

Eddie and Kevin Meath Award sponsored by WYSL Radio
Mary Gross, Press-Radio Club, Challenger Baseball

Elliot Cushing Award presented by Rochester NY Sports Commission
Jeffrey Anderson, college basketball referee

ESL Community Volunteer Award
Don Alhart, Associate News Director, WHAM-TV, Rochester Rotary

Gary Smith and George Beahon Sports Media Excellence Award
Sal Maiorana, journalist, Democrat & Chronicle

High School Female Athlete of the Year presented by the Democrat & Chronicle
Erin Coykendall, Spencerport H.S., soccer and lacrosse

High School Male Athlete of the Year presented by the Democrat & Chronicle
Miles Brown, Northstar Christian Academy, basketball

Jean Giambrone Award
Iris Zimmermann, Olympian, fencer, businesswoman

Jerry Flynn College Award
Kylee Bartlett, University of Rochester, track

Morrie Silver Award
Cal Wickens, Nazareth College, volleyball coach

Professional Athlete Award presented by ConServe
Thomas Bryant, NBA, Washington Wizards

Rich Funke Jr. College Award
Shawn Nally, RIT, men's lacrosse

Coca-Cola Hometown Recognition
Aiden Pellow, Kids Miracle Making Club

Honorary Chair sponsored by Taylor, The Builders
Patrick Staley, Roberts Wesleyan College