Oct. 12, 2011

Rochester event kicks off Shaping Lives of Purpose on Oct. 13

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Alumni of all eras, faculty, staff and friends of the college will gather on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Locust Hill Country Club in Rochester to celebrate Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo.

Edward Pettinella '73, CEO and president of Home Properties, Inc., will serve as the emcee for the event, which will lead off with a performance by the Chamber Singers.

Distinguished Teaching Professors Bill Cook and Ronald Herzman will talk about the rewards of teaching students at Geneseo. Michael Camarella '98, Katie Brooks '11 and Holly Mullin '87 also will share what Geneseo means in their lives as part of the special program.
President Christopher C. Dahl and Frank Vafier '74, campaign chair and Geneseo Foundation board member, will speak about how Shaping Lives of Purpose will ensure that current and future students will have the same transformational opportunities at Geneseo.

The Rochester event builds on the momentum of the Sept. 15 gala at Gotham Hall in New York City, at which Vafier announced a $1 million gift by Pettinella, made hours before the program. The Rochester event is the first of many similar programs that will be held by members of 18 regional alumni committees throughout the country. Others this fall include Florida, Washington, D.C., Buffalo and Chicago.