Inagural From Founders to Future
Our first Founders to Future event, hosted by Elizabeth Murray and Paula Howk, was held on Friday, April 17th at the Jay Marketing & Communication, LLC, (The Studios at Linden Oaks). The evening started off in their classic recording studio where Casey Filiaci, a famous renowned pianist, played while guests enjoyed fresh prepared risotto, hot hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. As the evening progressed, we had an opportunity to showcase the long, rich history of our organization.
RCN was founded 1857 by a visionary group of women from Rochester’s most prestigious families. These civic minded women were moved by the plight of poor, young children who were roaming the street of our city begging for food and money. Mrs. Ebenezer Griffin rallied her friends such as Mrs. Alling of Alling and Cory, and Mrs. Perkins, founder of the Rochester School for the Deaf, to the form the Industrial School of Rochester (Changed to Rochester Children’s Nursury in 1924 and Rochester Childfirst Network in 2005). These resourceful women partnered with other community leaders to find space for their endeavor and feed over 300 children Christmas dinner in 1856 (before they were incorporated in 1857).
Our legacy of serving children has thrived for over 158 years, making RCN the third oldest childcare center in the country. We’re proud to say we’ve continued working with community leaders to make sure we have the resources to provide the highest quality care and education to the children of Rochester. Our South Ave Center was once the home of HP Neun of the HP Neun Company. His carriage house remains part of our campus to this day as the Lloyd Library. In 2015, the HP Neun company supported our mission by sponsoring the Founders to Future Event. We’d like to thank Mr. Chris Woods, VP of HP Neun Company, for their generosity. You gave our friends a night drink, dine, and dance to celebrate RCN’s history. We ended our evening with a leap forward in time; shifting to a modern New York City Night Club, with music provided by The Neon Rooster and lighting by Jerome Brooks.
RCN’s inaugural From Founders to Future event was a great success that raised several thousand dollars for our Annual Children’s Fund and Our Serving Children First Capital Initiative. We look forward to continuing this new tradition and celebrating another successful year of serving children at Rochester Childfirst Network.