The Play Ball


Co-chairs Steve and Claire Dubnik


Friday, September 19, was a memorable evening as guests gathered for the fourth annual Play Ball fundraising gala. The Strong extends its sincere thanks to trustee Steve Dubnik and his wife, Claire, (pictured right) for serving as honorary co-chairs of this fun-filled event and to the sponsors whose financial support helped make this year’s program a success. More than 500 guests helped raise more than $188,000 to support The Strong’s educational mission and outreach programs.


During the Play Ball, the museum was transformed into an adult-friendly playground featuring balloon artists, photo-ops with Mr. Potato Head, and pop-up performances by the Kitchen Session and East Irondequoit High School’s Lancer Marching Band Drum Line. The evening also featured silent and live auctions and an incredible stage performance by internationally renowned painter Eric Waugh.

Click here to see pictures from Play Ball 2014.

Plan now to sponsor Play Ball 2015

Next year’s Play Ball is planned for Friday, September 18. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,500 and include tickets to the event, recognition in event promotions, and more. To learn how you or your company can become a sponsor, contact Audrey Blocchi at 585-410-6346 or ablocchi@museumofplay.orgView sponsorship benefits.

The Strong thanks the following organizations for their generous support of the 2014 Play Ball:

All Star Sponsors

Excellus Wegmans

Game Changer Sponsors

COMIDA Dixon Schwabl

Power Player Sponsor


Play Maker Sponsors

AAA   Harter Secrest

Game Player Sponsors

Buffalo Bills
Canfield & Tack Consilium
Constellation Brands Constanza
Cottone Auctions Steve & Claire Dubnik
LeChase Construction
Manning Squires Hennig
Sage Rutty
Tompkins Financial Advisors

Team Player Sponsors

Bill Gray's Restaurants
The Bonadio Group
Brite Computers
Canandaigua National Bank
Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects
CloudCheckr Inc.
Constellation Energy
Cummings Creative
HR Benefit Advisors, Ltd.
JPMorgan Chase
Landsman Development Corp.
Manning & Napier
Mark IV Enterprises, Inc.
Matt Wittmeyer Photography
M/E Engineering
Pullano & Company
Schultz Auctioneers
Technical Systems Group
University of Rochester
Wildbyrd Entertainment
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Zimmet Group