The Play Ball

On Friday, October 2, 2015, The Strong will host its fifth annual Play Ball—Rochester’s most playful gala!

Each year during Play Ball, the museum transforms into an adult-friendly playground featuring an eclectic array of artists, performers, and costumed characters. Guests enjoy delicious food, creative cocktails, and hours of playtime in The Strong’s interactive exhibits. The evening also features irresistible silent and live auctions. Last year more than 500 guests helped raise $188,000 to support The Strong’s educational mission and outreach programs.

Play Ball tickets are $150 each. To purchase tickets, contact Audrey Blocchi at 585-410-6346 or

Click here to see pictures from Play Ball 2014.

Be a Play Ball Sponsor

As Play Ball sponsors, local businesses and organizations support The Strong’s play-based educational programs that encourage learning, creativity, and discovery. 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 Lisa Feinstein at 585-410-6370 or

 View sponsorship benefits.

Thank you to last year’s Play Ball sponsors:

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