Pittsford Students Raise More than $30,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital

Friday, December 21, was a night to remember for the Pittsford Central School District community! Pittsford Mendon and Sutherland students joined forces for the 18th annual Rainbow Classic cross-town rivalry basketball games and raised $30,100 for the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong.

This year, Pittsford Schools debuted a new Rainbow Classic event: The Benefit Concert and Silent Auction. The event took place on Wednesday, December 19, at Sutherland High School. At the concert, student ensembles and the Tri-M Music Honor Society shared their musical talents and hosted a silent auction featuring donated items from local businesses, restaurants, and shops.

As per the 18-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, 67-37. 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, 61-57.  

“The Rainbow Classic is a wonderful opportunity to teach students about community service through athletics, art, and music,” 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.”

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.