Rainbow Classic Recognized with "Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy Award"

  • The Pittsford Central School District Rainbow Classic was honored with the “Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy – Group” award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Genesee Valley Chapter (AFPGV) on November 5, 2021.

    AFPGV recognizes local individuals and organizations who contribute to community causes through its annual National Philanthropy Day awards. The “Outstanding Young People in Philanthropy – Group” award recognizes service by a group of people, ages 10-23, who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

    Since the Rainbow Classic began in 2001, PCSD has raised over $500,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Every year, PCSD students cheer on their team in the friendly cross-town rivalry between Mendon and Sutherland men and women’s varsity basketball teams as they go head-to-head to support a good cause. The fundraiser is an annual tradition of giving that has taught PCSD students about the importance of giving back to the community and compassion.

    The Rainbow Classic began as a way to honor the memory of PCSD student Katelyn Pasley and later SHS graduate Ryan McCluski, both Golisano Children’s Hospital patients; and it now honors the memory of many Pittsford students. Katelyn, who drew rainbows while in the hospital, inspired the fundraiser’s name.

    Over the years, funds raised from the Rainbow Classic have supported various projects at Golisano Children’s Hospital including a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit patient room, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, the Teen Lounge and more. Additionally, a mural created by MHS and SHS students decorates a wall of the Teen Lounge. As the scope of the event changes to meet the needs of Golisano Children’s Hospital, its core message of compassion and hope remains the same.

The Rainbow Classic

  • Rainbow Classic Photos

    Since the Rainbow Classic began in 2001, PCSD has raised over $500,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital. Every year, fans gather to cheer on the friendly cross-town rivalry between Mendon and Sutherland Varsity Basketball teams as they go head-to-head to support a good cause.

    The Rainbow Classic fundraiser began as an idea of student athletes Lindsay Bartholf and Shannon Martin, their parents, and Coach Todd Julien to honor the memory of Katelyn Pasley, a Park Road Elementary School student, and later to include the memory of Ryan McCluski, a 2002 Sutherland High School graduate. Both were patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital, and the name for the Rainbow Classic was inspired by Katelyn who drew rainbows while in the hospital. The event now honors the memory of many Pittsford students, and at its heart are the students, staff and community members who come together year after year to raise awareness and support for the Golisano Children's Hospital.

    Over the years, funds raised from the Rainbow Classic have supported various projects at the hospital including a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit patient room, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program, the Teen Lounge and more. To help beautify the walls of the teen lounge at Golisano Children's Hospital, PCSD art students have painted a mural. Proceeds from this year’s Rainbow Classic will support the Pediatric Palliative Care Program.

    Painted Rainbow
    The rainbows Katelyn drew were the inspiration for the name of the Rainbow Classic fundraiser.

Open Letter from the Pasley and McCluski Families

  • Since 2001, the Rainbow Classic Pittsford Mendon-Sutherland basketball games have been played in memory of Katelyn Pasley and Ryan McCluski to raise funds for the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The tradition began as an idea of student athletes Lindsay Bartholf and Shannon Martin, their parents, and Coach Todd Julien. With the help of countless other Pittsford students, parents, and faculty, it blossomed into an annual community and school-wide project which honors the memory of the two former Pittsford students. The event serves as a fundraiser for projects at Golisano Children's Hospital which strive to enhance and ease the hospital stay for children and their families.

    Through the efforts of Pittsford cheerleaders, players, and their families, and thanks to the philanthropy of individual donors and advertisers, the Rainbow Classic raises over $25,000 annually for Golisano Children's Hospital. Each year, the funds target and benefit a particular program and have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to these projects.

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Impact on Golisano Children's Hospital

  • Picture of Teen Lounge and plaques   

    2001 and Early Years

    Katie’s Computers: laptop computers in the pediatric rooms helping patients achieve better communication with their families and friends.

    Completed in 2010
    Get Well Network: an interactive web-based system broadcast on monitors in pediatric rooms, allowing access to the internet, educational, communication and entertainment programs. Funds from 2010 were used to complete this project by purchasing 20 flat screen, HDTV monitors for the adolescent unit.

    Five Years of Funds
    Construction of new Patient Room: Proceeds from five Rainbow Classic’s helped fund the construction of a patient room in the new Pediatric Intensive Care unit. A plaque outside the door of the finished room credits the generosity of the Pittsford community as well as the organizers and sponsors of the Rainbow Classic.

    2011 and 2012
    Funds raised helped to support the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. 

    2013 through 2016
    Undertook a three-year commitment to outfit the Teen Lounge in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital building with comfortable furnishings, game consoles and computer stations. A mural created by Pittsford high school art students decorates a wall of the lounge.

    2017 and forward
    A three-year plan for the proceeds of the Rainbow Classic to support the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Funds will help expand staff and programs to facilitate the delivery of cutting edge care with heart and compassion.

2020/21 Rainbow Classic Raises Over $10,000 for Golisano Children's Hospital

  • The Pittsford Central School District's 20th Annual Rainbow Classic Basketball Games raised over $10,000 for the Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Due to COVID-19, the Rainbow Classic was reconfigured into a three-game series with livestream coverage of the Basketball Games on February 23, March 3 and March 6.

    With only two spectators allowed in the gymnasium per game, Pittsford Schools provided a livestream link for Pittsford students, families and community members to watch the games remotely at a suggested donation cost of $10 per ticket.

    Community members were also invited to take a virtual tour of the Golisano Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwmxGVgP1zU, and could make direct donations at www.Givetokids.urmc.edu/rainbow.

    In the first game of the three-game series on February 23, Pittsford Mendon Boys Varsity Basketball took the win over Sutherland with a final score of 74 to 40. In the second game on March 3, Pittsford Mendon Girls Varsity Basketball won 85 to 39 against Sutherland; and in the final of the three-game series on March 6, Pittsford Mendon Boys Varsity Basketball won 76 to 50 over Sutherland.

2019/20 Rainbow Classic Raises Over $30,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital

  • Friday, December 20, 2019, was a night to remember for the Pittsford Central School District community! Pittsford Mendon and Sutherland students joined forces for the 19th annual Rainbow Classic cross-town rivalry basketball games and raised $30,150 for the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. This donation will be used to support the Pediatric Palliative Care unit.

    As per the 19-year tradition, two Rainbow Classic basketball games were played at the University of Rochester Palestra the Friday before winter break. The event kicked off with the Girls Varsity basketball game, and Mendon High School defeated Sutherland High School, 71-49. After the check presentation to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, the Boys Varsity teams took to the court for the second game of the evening. Mendon High School earned the win, defeating Sutherland High School, 49-43. 

    “The Rainbow Classic is an amazing opportunity to unite the Pittsford Central School District community for a wonderful cause” explained Pittsford Central School District Superintendent, Michael Pero. “It is important for students to learn that when they work together, they can make a difference in their community.”

    To learn more about what the Rainbow Classic means to the community, please watch this video.

    The Rainbow Classic began in 2001 in memory of Katelyn Pasley, a Park Road Elementary School student, and later expanded to include the memory of Ryan McCluski, a 2002 Sutherland High School graduate. Both Katelyn and Ryan were patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. The name for the Rainbow Classic was inspired by Katelyn who drew rainbows while in the hospital. The event now honors the memory of many Pittsford students and is so popular that it sells out year after year as students, staff and families come together to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital and pay tribute to the memory of loved ones.

    Since 2001, Pittsford students have raised over $500,000 to support projects including Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rooms, the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder program, and the Teen Lounge, where Pittsford Central School District art students are creating a mural.

    Check Presentation
    Check presentation at the 2019 Rainbow Classic basketball games.

  • Rainbow Classic Logo 2021/22
    Rainbow Classic


    Rainbow Classic II
    originally scheduled in February will now be played:


    Friday, December 17, 2021
    Mendon High School

    JV - 6 p.m.
    Varsity - 7:45 p.m.

    Tickets:
    A limited number of 600 tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 14, during lunches


    Rainbow Classic I
    originally scheduled in December will now be played:

    Saturday, February 12, 2022
    U of R Palestra


    Girls Basketball Game - 6 p.m.
    Boys Basketball Game - 8 p.m.

    Tickets:
    on sale beginning Feb. 1

    Support Golisano Children's Hospital:
    Donation or Program Advertisement: please contact Kim McCluski at kjmccluski@gmail.com
    Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwmxGVgP1zU



    2020/21
    Rainbow Classic
    Raised over $10,000
    for Golisano Children's Hospital
    's
    Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Building


    2019/20
    Rainbow Classic

    Raised $30,150
    for Golisano Children’s Hospital's

    Pediatric Palliative Care Unit

  • Katelyn Pasley

    Katelyn Pasley

    “It’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years”
    Katelyn Pasley was a Park Road Elementary School student whose beautiful life was the inspiration for the annual Rainbow Classic event benefitting Golisano Children's Hospital. While a patient at Golisano Children's Hospital, Katelyn drew bright, colorful rainbows and those rainbows inspired the name of the Rainbow Classic. To honor Katelyn's memory, the Pasleys, the Bartholf and Martin families, and Coach Todd Julien came together to create the first Rainbow Classic in 2001.

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  • Ryan McCluski

    Ryan McCluski

    "Do everything to the extreme, you only live once"

    Ryan McCluski was a Sutherland High School graduate who lived this quote and inspired others to do the same. Despite his struggle with disabling ataxia, he approached life with determination, strength and positivity. He loved sports and supported the SHS teams his brother and friends played on, never missing a game. He was an original SHS "Super Fan" and each year, in tribute to him, SHS students don "Super Fan" shirts at the Rainbow Classic games that now also honor the memory of him and his inspirational life.

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