In 1949, The Press-Radio Club was formed by 12 local print and radio sports reporters, and its first money-raising effort was a basketball game between local press and radio personalities between halves of a Rochester Royals National Basketball Association game.
The following year, a capacity crowd was at the first fund-raising dinner at the old Seneca Hotel on South Clinton Avenue near East Main Street. The club's first celebrity dinner honored the all-time greats of the Rochester Red Wings. "But you could only do that once," Wagner said. So the club tied in with the old Hickok Manufacturing Co. and staged a dinner where the national professional athlete of the year received the jewel-studded Hickok Belt.
The Rochester Press-Radio Club Charity Fund was incorporated in 1971 as a 501©3 corporation. Since the Club's inception in 1950, more than a million dollars has been paid out. The club has approximately 160 members.
The membership of the Rochester Press-Radio Club is more than just sportswriters, television sportscasters and radio personalities. Today's membership is a wide cross-section of the Rochester community brought together by a common interest in sports and fundraising for local charities associated with children and families.
The Club is always looking to add new members, and to contribute to children's charities. To propose a worthy charity or for a membership application, write to: The Rochester Press-Radio Club, P.O. Box 18514, Rochester, NY 14618!
If you are interested in submitting a request for a 2020 grant for your children's charity or program, your agency must be a 501(c)3 organization. Our grants are always based on our ability to fundraise the grant money at our annual Day of Champions Dinner.
August 1, 2020 is the deadline for this year's award's recipients. Final grant distribution will be in October 2020.
Please direct your written request to The Charities Committee, P.O. Box 18514, Rochester, New York 14618. Please use the form and guidelines linked below.
Cameron Community Ministries
CURE Childhood Cancer
Epilepsy/Pralid Camp EAGR
Gilda's - Camp Open Arms
Heritage Christian Services
Kids Miracle Making Club
Mary Cariola Children's Center
Notre Dame Learning Center
Rochester Hearing & Speech Center
Rochester School for the Deaf
Several Local Challenger Baseball Teams