Back in July I got to hang out with a bunch of cool kids taking photography classes over at Flower City Arts Center. Over two weeks I took them and their teachers on field trips around SEAC’s service area and gave them some history and pointed out cool street art and fun places to shop and eat.
The other day, I received some of the photos that the kiddos took and I wanted to share them with all of you! This was great fun and I hope to do it again. It’s always a pleasure to show off the South East Area!
Please enjoy this slideshow of photos from our event with Jay Stetzer’s lovely story about SEAC’s beginning!
Thank you so much for being part of SEAC’s “blender” (our brand of a gala) at Sager Beer Works on Sept. 10th! Our largest annual fundraiser, we really “mixed things up” as we celebrated our southeast city community! Old friends, new neighbors, small businesses and benevolent companies and organizations all came together to enjoy a pint, learn more about what SEAC does, and share memories from more than 50 years of working to build a better community with you!
We want to extend special recognition to our very generous event sponsors, without whom we could not have pulled off the celebration. Thank you to:
We also want to thank the fabulous Don, Paul, Hannah, Nike, and the Sager Beer Works team for serving up a delectable spread of solid and liquid digestibles! Thank you to our honorary chair, Assemblyperson SarahClark, for inspiring us to keep tending both our roots and branches as we grow our community. Kudos to musician Jackson Cavalier, photographer Kay Novicky, community partners Mount Hope World Singers and 490 Farmers, storyteller JayStetzer, Print Roc, the Village Bakery at the Armory, the McQuaid volunteervalet service, and our incredible SEAC Board of Directors! Bravo! So many hands made much lighter work and perfectly demonstrated how our village continually rises to the occasion, proverbially washing each other’s hands! Please take a moment to check out click on their links and support these awesome local community partners and businesses. Consider them for your next event, project, or celebration!
The generous donations from our last fundraiser in 2019 allowed SEAC to provide, among other things:
· To subsidize a two-week photography summer camp for RCSD middle school students at the Flower City Arts Center on Monroe Ave.
· Four vocational scholarships for young people at the Center For Youth to apply toward their pursuit of job training or education like nursing, electrical, or CDL operator.
· ROCing the Takeout initiative designed to support local restaurants during the pandemic shutdown.
None of this is possible without generous contributions like yours, which help to raise the needed funding for the many ways we positively impact our southeast city community. Your neighborhood is your best investment and we’re grateful for contributors like you.
We are thrilled to share that we raised over $14,000 at the blender! More than 73 local businesses and individuals donated their time, talent, or treasure for our on-line auction, totaling more than $8,700 worth of biddable items. The heavy favorites on the block were the “consumables””- Battle of the Beers”, “Sweet and Steamy”, home-grown honey, and anything involving wine. Congratulations to neighbor Tom W. for winning our Set Sail grand prize raffle and thanks to all who took a chance (or three) on it!
Wanted to do more for SEAC but ran out of time, got out-bid, or didn’t want all the “stuff” from the auction? Now’s your chance! Please consider donating to our Call to Action– Supporting the SEAC Tool Shed! All proceeds will go towards funding SEAC’s start up, inventory development, and operation of a community-wide comprehensive tool lending library. Imagine a place where you can borrow that tool you’ll only need once or are a small local contractor trying to get off the ground, we’ll have you covered. Whether you hit the “Blueprint” or “Nuts and Bolts” mark, every dollar will help make this much needed and requested dream a reality in 2022.
Missed the world-debut of our SEAC promotional video, kindly created and funded by Facehead Digital? Click here to learn more about who we are and what we do! SEAC is committed to working with you to keep building a healthy, safe, and happy community.
Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you at Sager’s next September! Remember to sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast of all our news and plans!
With much appreciation,
A Quick Note from Mike
I really can’t say it better than Kiki, so I’m not going to try- but I do want to say thank you. Seriously. Thank you for the support and taking the time to come hang out with us. Kiki, Lori, and I love what we do! It is so great to collaborate and work alongside so many awesome residents, businesses, City staff and elected officials, and community partners. So yeah- thank you for the excitement, support, and trust. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations and vendors that supported us with donations for our auction. Thanks to Sagers and their awesome staff! You all made it a magical night.
I hope you will consider supporting our efforts to rebuild and launch SEAC’s Tool Shed. Our program will make sure that anyone has accessibility to the tools they need to tackle home repair and renovations, take on contracting jobs and engage in fun neighborhood beautifications like Clean Sweeps, Block in Bloom, and more!
Our event is just a week away and we are super pumped to see you there! On top of having some great musical entertainment like Jackson Cavalierand the Mount Hope World Singers. Renowned storyteller and neighbor Jay Stetzer has recorded a story about SEAC’s awesome beginnings. Additionally we have an amazing trove of goods and services donated by local merchants, artists, and businesses from all over Rochester! And don’t forget you can purchase raffle tickets to win a chance to go on a sailing trip experience!
And let me tell ya- they’re good! We put out the call to our local businesses and they answered!
Here’s a Fun Examples!
Out On The Town
Estimated value $320
Let the party begin with any number of adventures with family and/or friends at some of our exciting southeast area venues. From rock climbing, to cycling to team escape room action, this package will keep you on your feet. Enjoy a family fun pack at the Rochester Museum and Science Center once the weather cools or the rain sets in- there is always something to learn and explore at the RMSC. On screen now at the Strasenburg Planetarium is the I-Max feature film “National Parks Adventure”. Coming in November is the travelling “Dinosaurs” exhibit!
This package includes:
Family fun pack for RMSC ($72 value)
$100 gift card for four people to Omega Escape Room
Two bike tune ups at Free Wheelers ($60 value each)
$30 gift card for one hour climbing session at Rocventures
Estimated Value: $325
Treat yourself to products and services from an astonishing array of neighborhood businesses and luxuriate in the feeling of investing in yourself as well as your local merchants! This bid is beautiful- inside and out- and “you’re worth it”!
This package includes:
Basket of Goldwell Salon hair products (estimated value $120)
$25 gift card from Hedonist Chocolates
$70 gift card to Happy Feet Spa
$85 gift card to Blossom Massage and Wellness
Beaded necklace from local designer, Agog Studio ($40 value)
Sweet and Steamy
Estimated Value: $180
East and Alex to the South Wedge to Park Ave., we have your cravings covered! Get some “go-go” juice, satisfy your sweet tooth, or unwind with a mellow organic steeped sip- there is something for every addiction on your carousel in this sweet and steamy package!
This package includes:
Two $20 gift cards to SPOT Coffee
$25 gift card to Hedonist Chocolates
$25 gift card to Cheesy Eddie’s
$20 gift card to Leaf Tea Bar
Two hand thrown ceramic mugs by Agog Studio ($50 value)
Bags of coffee from Cafe Sasso (estimated $40)
Battle of the Beers
Estimated value: $160
With the microburst of microbreweries that have popped up all over Rochester lately, we’ve “crafted” a fun and easy way for you to sample selections in one fell swoop (or a few fell swigs) with this tantalizing package of four packs from some of the hottest, newest, and smallest barrels in the southeast city!
This package includes eight 4-packs:
Heroes Brewery- Heart of Gold- British Special Bitter
Sager Beer Works- 4-pack
Swiftwater Brewing- Boat Seltzer and Alpaca Kisses- IPA
Other Half Brewing- Poetry Snaps- Rice Lager and Showers- Double Dry Hopped IPA
Three Heads Brewing- The Kind- IPA and Too Kind- Double IPA
Limo and Lento
Estimated value $900
Slow down and savor the home-grown and home cooked culinary creations of Chef Art Rogers at Lento Restaurant at Village Gate. Enjoy a four course dinner and wine pairing for up to eight people for a date and time to be mutually determined with the owner. Discuss any dietary accommodations when arranging the logistics of this priceless noshable adventure. Prepare to experience exquisitely plated edible art and gustatory pageantry that awaken, and delight all five senses with textures, aromas, and flavors that will leave an indelible mark on your palette and your memory!
Package also includes $100 gift certificate from S and S Limousine towards your livery services for the night!