The Start …
In the spring of 2005, two Fairport residents, Rob Burch and Andy McDermott, were looking for a little anarchy. Not the hurting kind, just something outside the norm of tried and true that would benefit a local community organization, and, by extension, all mankind.
Such was their nature.
After several marathon sessions at local establishments debating the issues in and around the Fairport area, they emerged with a singular plan that survived both the evening’s many rounds of heated discussion, and the next day’s positive review of the same.
And so was born the Fairport Music Festival.
The Festival …
In addition to the thirty plus bands that provide non-stop entertainment for this one-day. two-night show, the event includes children’s activities, games, crafts, and festival foods provided by many area food trucks and vendors. There is even a section for not-for-profit agencies to advertise their mission presence in the community.
The Results …
Now approaching its 15th year of operations, the Festival has grown into a local and regional favorite for thousands to celebrate the event and the community’s great fortune in having a stand-alone Children’s Hospital in the greater Rochester Area.
To date, the Fairport Music Festival has generated over $1.53 Million to-date, over $230k in 2018, to non-budgeted GCH needs, and committed $750,000 to the building project of a pediatric cardiac surgery suite in the newly built and still growing hospital.
Here is a listing of some of the FMF efforts to date:
- PEDIATRIC TREATMENT CENTER PLAYROOM - $125,000
- GIRAFFE OMNIBEDS (2) - $80,000
- GET WELL NETWORK EDUCATION/ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM TVS –$50,000
- PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA MACHINE - $50,000
- NEW GCH BUILDING PRIVATE PATIENT ROOM - $100,000
- NEW GCH BUILDING MAJOR NURSE STATION - $100,000
- NEW GCH BUILDING 7TH FLOOR PLAYROOM - $250,000
- NEW GCH BUILDING PEDIATRIC PLAY ENVIRONMENT - $10,000
- NEW GCH CARDIAC SURGICAL SUITE (pending) - $750,000
100% of the proceeds are donated to Golisano's Children's Hospital at Strong and all involved in producing the event do so on a volunteer basis.
NEWS UPDATE from the 2019 FMF festival:
The Fairport Music Festival proudly presented the Golisano Children's Hospital a check for $251,829.20 from the 2019 event.
To date, with your generosity, we have already raised $1,786,000 for GCHaS! Thank you for your continued support of the festival and Golisano Children's Hospital - together we can meet our $2 million goal!
“Our community support means everything to us helping every child reach their fullest potential. Our friends at the Fairport Music Festival have been supporters of GCH for years. We are a world class Children’s Hospital thanks to all of their and the rest of our community’s amazing support! Let the Music begin!”
-Dr. Patrick Brophy, Physician-in-chief
Golisano Children’s Hospital