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In 1949, The Press-Radio Club was formed by 12 local print and radio sports reporters, and its first money-raising effort was a basketball game between local press and radio personalities between halves of a Rochester Royals National Basketball Association game.
The following year, a capacity crowd was at the first fund-raising dinner at the old Seneca Hotel on South Clinton Avenue near East Main Street. The club's first celebrity dinner honored the all-time greats of the Rochester Red Wings. "But you could only do that once," Wagner said. So the club tied in with the old Hickok Manufacturing Co. and staged a dinner where the national professional athlete of the year received the jewel-studded Hickok Belt.
The Rochester Press-Radio Club Charity Fund was incorporated in 1971 as a 501©3 corporation. Since the Club's inception in 1949, more than a million and a half dollars has been paid out. The club has approximately 100 members.
The membership of the Rochester Press-Radio Club is more than just sportswriters, television sportscasters and radio personalities. Today's membership is a wide cross-section of the Rochester community brought together by a common interest in sports and fundraising for local charities associated with children and families.
Cameron Community Ministries
CURE Childhood Cancer
Epilepsy/Pralid Camp EAGR
Gilda's - Camp Open Arms
Heritage Christian Services
Kids Miracle Making Club
Mary Cariola Children's Center
Notre Dame Learning Center
Rochester Hearing & Speech Center
Rochester School for the Deaf
Several Local Challenger Baseball Teams