The RGMC in the Community
The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus is thrilled to continue to further realize its mission to create social change through active participation in the greater Rochester community.
On November 12, 2016, we performed at the Rochester Regional Health Gala, a popular, high-class event featuring entertainment along with dinner and dancing. We were thrilled to greet the guests with our music as they arrived at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. We sang "Silent Movie," "I Close My Eyes," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Heatwave," and "A-Tisket, A-Tasket."
RGMC Honored with LGBT Giving Circle Grant
Thanks to the work of RGMC Grant Writer Kristen Kessler, in November 2016 we received a generous $2,000 grant from the LGBT Giving Circle through the Rochester Area Community Foundation, to support our production and performance of Tyler’s Suite during our March 2017 concert.
The Giving Circle’s motto, “Cultivating a better community for all,” is a perfect fit with the message of Tyler’s Suite and our March concert as a whole, as we seek to inspire social change, inclusion, respect, and a culture of kindness. We are deeply grateful for this support.
On August 3, 2016, we were honored to join in the Puerto Rican Parade Peace, Prayer and Unity Event at Don Samuel Torres Park, where we sang "Names," honoring the victims of the tragedy at Pulse in Orlando.
The RGMC was a prominent presence at the Rochester Pride Festival July 15-17, 2016. We performed at the opening flag raising, sang and marched in the parade, and sang and staffed an information booth at the festival in Cobbs Hill Park.
On December 11, 2015, eight members of the chorus sang Christmas carols live on WROC Channel 8 as part of the station’s Food for Families broadcast. This annual collaboration with Tops Friendly Markets and Foodlink raises awareness, money, and food donations for Foodlink.
Thanks to the help of our holiday concert audience, for each of the last five years, we have donated boxes of toys to the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN). RAIHN is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services, including shelter, food, personalized case management services, and a diverse network of caring volunteers.
On August 4, 2015, we participated in Asbury First United Methodist Church’s second annual Tent Week, performing some of our concert pieces as well as leading a Beatles-themed sing-along.
On June 26, 2015, the LGBTQ community gathered in front of the Bachelor Forum to celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. We led the group in a rendition of “America, the Beautiful” and sang “Chapel of Love.” Special thanks to Anne Tischer and Rochester-Finger Lakes Chapter of Marriage Equality New York for inviting us.
We are grateful for our partnerships with SUNY Geneseo, The College at Brockport and its student organization Sexual Orientations United for Liberation (SOUL), and Genesee Community College and its Gay-Straight Alliance, who have invited us to perform on their campuses. These are wonderful opportunities to bring our music and our message to new audiences.
The chorus has also helped out our community by answering phones at several WXXI membership drives; performing at World AIDS Day events; collecting food donations and performing at fundraisers for AIDS Rochester (now Trillium Health); participating in the "Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women" campaign, in partnership with Willow Domestic Violence Center; and donating poinsettias to those living with HIV and AIDS.
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