The Play Ball

On Friday, October 2, nearly 700 guests joined honorary co-chairs Laura Saxby Lynch and John Lynch at Play Ball 2015. Attendees and sponsors helped raise more than $220,000 for The Strong’s educational mission and outreach programs, making this year’s event the most successful Play Ball to date!

Play Ball attendees enjoyed a fun-filled evening as the museum was transformed into an adult-friendly playground. Entertainment included a contortionist, photo-ops with Mr. Potato Head and a green army man, a dance party with DJ Naps, and pop-up performances by the Midnight Ramblers and acro-yoga performers from Aerial Arts.  The evening featured silent and live auctions, a raffle, and an incredible stage performance by internationally renowned musician Svet, the electro hip hop violinist.

The Strong is grateful for the sponsors and donors who supported Play Ball 2015.

Plan now to sponsor next year’s Play Ball!

Sponsorship opportunities for Play Ball 2016 include tickets to the event, recognition in event promotion, and more. To learn how you or your company can become a sponsor, contact Michelle Parnett-Dwyer at 585-410-6353 or

 View the 2015 sponsorship benefits.

Thank you to the 2015 Play Ball sponsors:

All Star Sponsors


Game Changer Sponsors


Power Player Sponsors


Play Maker Sponsors


Game Player Sponsors

Constellation Brands

Team Player Sponsors

Applied Audio & Theatre Supply
Bill Gray's, Inc.
Brite Computers
Buffalo Bills
Chase Bank
CloudCheckr, Inc.
Costanza Enterprises, Inc.
Cummings Construction, LLC
Cummings Creative, Inc.
Dixon Schwabl
Flower City Management
Jay Birnbaum Company
Kelly Schultz Antiques
Landsman Development Corp.
Mark IV Enterprises, Inc.
M/E Engineering
MVP Health Care
Rochester Business Alliance
Tompkins Financial Advisors
Technical Systems Group, Inc.
The Bonadio Group
University of Rochester
Zimmet Group