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.
To watch the award ceremony from November 5, click here.
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's 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.