Rochester's innovative 8-story Golisano Children’s Hospital opened its doors in July 2015. The children's hospital was
built with the input of the children and families that it serves, and every feature was designed to offer comfort and
confidence while ensuring the best possible medical care. The Golisano Children’s Hospital recognizes that children
with medical needs are still kids who need to play, imagine, hope and be surrounded by family and friends to
help them heal. 245,000 square feet of space offer spacious private rooms where parents can stay with their child, a
two-story Playdeck, a Ronald McDonald Family Lounge, a Family Resource Library, a Sibling Clubhouse, and more!
On Saturday, October 24, guests attending the 28th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Gala being held at the Rochester
Riverside Convention Center will walk the red carpet and be transported into an evening of old Hollywood glamour. The
much-anticipated 2015 fundraising event celebrates the recent opening of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, and will
raise funds to complete Phase II of the building project.
“It’s going to be a wonderful, elegant evening! It’s the perfect way to celebrate our new hospital, to say thank you to
everyone who contributed to making it possible, and to raise additional funds, allowing us to continue to provide the
highest quality care for our region’s children.”
-Jenni Ralph, executive committee member of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and Gala Chair
The evening's festivities include an auction, and when asked to donate an item Olivia Cornell quickly agreed. When touring
the facility, she was impressed that the new hospital has created a nurturing and even happy environment conducive to
hope and healing, while offering the best medical technology and facilities available anywhere.
“Sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren…everyone has a special child in their life. If that child were ever to
need it, you want to make sure the best possible care is available. The care and thought put into every detail of the
Golisano Children’s Hospital is incredible, and hopefully will bring comfort to children and their families.”
Environmentally conscious and socially responsible jewelry brand John Hardy was a natural partner for Cornell's Jeweler's
donation to the Gala. They are a company that exhibits care for their community, and 2015 marks their 40th anniversary.
Each piece of jewelry in their collections has significance and a story.
David and Olivia Cornell had the opportunity to visit the John Hardy workshop and showroom in Bali, Indonesia in
August 2015. Olivia was inspired by their time there, and wanted to offer a similar experience as our contribution to the
Gala. Cornell’s Jewelers collaborated with John Hardy to offer an amazing and exclusive VIP John Hardy Shopping
Experience to be auctioned at the Gala and enjoyed by the highest bidder and up to 3 lucky friends.
The newly opened John Hardy showroom in New York City is not open to the general public, but provides visitors a
unique opportunity to be immersed in the world of John Hardy without having to leave the USA!
The VIP package includes an exclusive viewing of the John Hardy collection, a long table luncheon mirroring the mid-day
meal at the Ubud Workshop in Indonesia, one-on-one consultations with John Hardy stylists, and $5000 to spend on
John Hardy's jewelry.
After visiting this beautiful new showroom, Olivia Cornell is confident that the winner of the VIP John Hardy Experience
will enjoy a magical and memorable day and leave with jewelry to cherish for a lifetime. John Hardy pieces are handcrafted
and imbued with meaning, and will be a special reminder of a wonderful day supporting a wonderful cause.
This year’s gala is focused on a particular need of Phase II of the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Phase II includes
construction of a new pediatric Surgical Suite and an expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in order to better
serve their precious patients. The 2015 Gala will raise funds to complete the pediatric cardiac operating room.
“Our comprehensive pediatric cardiac center is capable of offering many kinds of therapies not available elsewhere in
upstate New York. Having a cardiac OR outfitted with the latest equipment will allow the cardiac team to reach its full
potential in providing the best care for patients undergoing critical and complex surgeries.”
-Golisano Children’s Hospital
No one wants any child to need these services, but Cornell's Jewelers is honored to give to this great organization to help
ensure that the best possible care is available to the children and families who need it.
Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m. The evening includes dinner, a live auction that includes the John Hardy
VIP Experience donated by Cornell’s Jewelers, and a performance by The Midtown Men: 4 Stars from the Original Cast
of Jersey Boys. Visit the Tickets & Support page to learn more and be part of building one of Rochester’s greatest treasures.