An Evening for Adults at the Museum! The Strong’s Sixth Annual Play Ball Fundraising Gala on Friday, October 21

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

October 11, 2016

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong’s Sixth Annual Play Ball
Fundraising Gala
on Friday, October 21

Enjoy a night inspired by the unexpected and explore The Strong® museum after hours during its sixth annual fundraising gala for grown-ups only—the Play Ballon Friday, October 21, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. With larger-than-life entertainment and a surprise around every corner, this year’s Play Ball promises to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. (The museum will be closed to the public on Friday, October 21 in order to prepare for the event.)

Wear metallic and shimmery tones, spectacular sequins, and glittery accessories—or go all out and come dressed as your favorite character, game, or toy. (Costumes are admired, but not required.) Savor exotic cuisine and delightfully decadent desserts while sipping on craft beers, wine, and creative cocktails. Explore the museum’s interactive exhibits, enjoy unlimited video game play, and journey through Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.

Enjoy the music of internationally renowned singer Puddles Pity Party. The “sad clown with a golden voice” has performed around the world, and was chosen by actor Neil Patrick Harris to perform in Just for Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus” gala filmed for HBO Canada. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Olivier Award for La Soiree’s Southbank show in London. Puddles Pity Party is known for his renditions of popular contemporary songs, including Sia’s “Chandelier” and Lorde’s “Royals.”

“We’re excited to present world-class entertainment like Puddles Pity Party at the Play Ball,” says David Burns, a member of The Strong’s Board of Trustees. Burns, along with his wife, Margaret, their adult children and their spouses, and their grandchildren are pioneering a multi-generational model of chairing the Play Ball this year. “We’re also proud to be a part of this year’s Play Ball as a family. When you think about the outreach programs and educational experiences that Play Ball supports, having our entire family support Play Ball and advocate for The Strong feels very meaningful. The museum provides educational play experiences for people of all ages, so we wanted to include all the members of our family that range from three to … well … more than 60 years of age.”

“The Strong is the perfect place for kids at heart,” says Margaret Burns. “We invite everyone to take part in this unique gala event.”

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

Tickets are $175 per person. Funds raised support the many education and outreach programs provided by The Strong. To purchase tickets for the Play Ball, contact Kylee Fassler, advancement services and special events manager, at 585-410-6346 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 World Video Game Hall of Fame, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the 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.