The Strong's Fourth Annual Play Ball on September 19

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

August 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

An Evening for Adults at the Museum!
The Strong’s Fourth Annual Play Ball
on Friday, September 19

Explore The Strong® museum after hours as it’s transformed into an adult-friendly playground for its fourth annual fundraising gala—the Play Ballon Friday, September 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. (The museum will be closed to the public on Friday, September 19 in order to prepare for this event.)

Come decked out in fun and creative attire—silly hats, magic wands, feather boas, and accessories—or dressed as your favorite toy! Savor inventive cuisine and delightfully decadent desserts; and sip on complimentary wine, beer, and signature cocktails. Play throughout the museum galleries and enjoy unlimited video game play, rides on the carousel, and journeys through Dancing
Wings Butterfly Garden

“The Strong feels different at night all dressed up for the Play Ball,” says Claire Dubnik, who serves as honorary co-chair of the event along with her husband, Steve, chair of The Strong’s Board of Trustees. “It’s an opportunity to interact with exciting exhibits, but on an adult level.”

filled evening includes the debut of an interactive stage show by artist and live painter Eric Waugh ( Waugh holds the world record for the largest painting on canvas (41,400 square feet) from a single artist and has created musically inspired art live for audiences around the world. Revelers will also enjoy dramatic feats by wandering balloon artists; the opportunity to meet and pose for pictures with Mr. Potato Head; music and dancing; and an artifact scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Live and silent auction feature one-of-a-kind items.

Among the leading sponsors for the Play Ball are Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., HCR Home Care, COMIDA, Monroe County, Rochester Business Journal, and Dixon Schwabl.

Tickets are $150 per person. Funds raised support the many education and outreach programs provided by The Strong. To purchase tickets for the Play Ball, contact Shannon Struzik at 585-899-3288 or For more information about the Play Ball, visit

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.