2012 Penfield Business Association 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
                            to Benefit Shepherd Home

Blue skies, warm temperatures, smooth greens, dozens of volunteers and 111 happy golfers!  On July 16, Penfield Country Club hosted the second Annual Penfield Business Association Golf Tournament to benefit Shepherd Home. We are so grateful for the support of the PBA and the lead sponsor, Donna Patton with Family First Credit Union for undertaking this fundraising event. After a delicious lunch on the patio, the 26 foursomes teed off at 12:30 and were kept hydrated by a group of volunteers riding in carts and dispensing plenty of drinks. Many holes featured opportunities to win additional prizes.

Many spouses and friends joined the golfers for a delicious dinner at which prizes were awarded and raffles won. Many thanks to the PBA tournament committee: Jeff Chapman, Paul Dwyer, Jessica Imburgia, Laurie Klein, Robin Wyand, and Tracy Dovi as well as to John Cipro of Don’s Original and Paul Dwyer of Met Life for sponsoring the lunch.

Thanks to the efforts of our supporters, the PBA raised over $8000!

Plant Sale to Benefit Shepherd Home a Success!

The front yard of Shepherd Home looked like the Garden of Eden May 18-20 as our customers drove in attracted by several dozen beautiful hanging plants and many tables teeming with colorful annuals and perennials. The majority of our plants were provided at cost by John Anderson of Anderson Farms in York. We also featured hanging baskets donated by Bauman’s Farm Market in Penfield. Our perennials were donated by our supporters who shared from their own yards as well as many donated by John Englert of Chili. Our thanks go to Lee Vester, Paul Anderson, Ann and Gary Ras for their weeks of planning and hard work and to volunteers who helped our customers the day of the sale. Thanks be to God for the PERFECT weather!

 United Way Day of Caring

On May 10, several hardworking Thermo Fisher Scientific employees arrived at Shepherd Home with tools in hand to participate in the 2012 United Way day of Caring. After just a few short hours, our property was weeded, raked, mulched, trimmed and ready for summer. The group also planted colorful annuals around our SH sign and gazebo. Our staff and volunteers joined them for a picnic lunch we provided for these well deserving workers. Vasili Janetos and Dave Sloman manned the grill and cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs, donated by A&G Meats. A good time was had by all!




2012 Black and White Ball --- Fun Time and A Great Success!

April 14, 2012 was another “night to remember” as 225 Shepherd Home community supporters, staff and volunteers gathered at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa for our 8th Annual Spring Gala. As guests arrived in a sea of black and white dresses and tuxedos, they were greeted by the music of The Delmonico String Quartet. Friends mingled as they enjoyed hors d’oeurves and cocktails , including a special drink, made just for the occasion. At 7:00 dinner was served, expertly prepared by the well known Woodcliff chefs. The Gap Mangione Band entertained and Dee Alexander graciously emceed the evening. Auctioneer Mike Bruce returned for the fourth year to oversee the bidding on our many popular live auction items. The bidding was fast and furious as guests raised their paddles to win a week in Fort Myers, a weekend at Sunrise Landing B&B, a unique sterling silver necklace, bracelet and earrings inlaid with blue lapis designed by Judith Foster, a round of golf at Country Club of Rochester as well as many more exciting items.

We were honored to have Anna and John Bundschuh serve as our honorary chairpersons. They have been longtime SH supporters of our ministry and Anna’s after dinner remarks brought back memories of the early days of planning and fundraising. Another highlight of the evening was a tribute to volunteers by our staff nurse, Ann Ras. A media presentation brought many smiles and tears as we viewed pictures of our resident angels, their families and our volunteers.

We are grateful to Tracy Dovi and co-chairs, Lancye Douglas, Kathy Haines, Ann Ras and Robin Wyand, as well as to many others who donated items to our online and live auctions and served on various subcommittees. Their efforts raised about 25% of our annual budget.

We offer a special thank you to the evening’s sponsors: Baker Commodities, Inc., Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield, Family First Credit Union, Frontier Communications, Jennings, Nulton and Mattle Funeral Home, John Tubridy Financial, Maplewood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation and Urban, Harzynski Tax and Investment Group for making this evening of fine dining, dancing and entertainment possible. We look forward to next year’s Black and White Ball on April 13, 2013 at Casa Larga Vineyards. See you there!!

2012 News


John Betlem Heating and Cooling Donates $1 For Every Razor Shark Point!

Razor Sharks ball girl Baylee Teal presents a basketball to Shepherd Home Director Beth Inglis and Vice President & General Manager Kathy Betlem presents a check for $2,891 to Inglis. Looking on are (L to R) Razor Sharks Assistant Coach Chris Iversen, player Keith Friel, Steve Betlem, Jane Betlem, Razor Sharks Coach Rod Baker and Paul Betlem. 

For the third consecutive year, John Betlem Heating and Cooling has donated in dollars to Shepherd Home the amount the Rochester RazorSharks scored during their Premier Basketball League season. A check was presented to Shepherd Home in the amount of $2,891. The RazorSharks had a fantastic season, falling in the championship to the Central Illinois Drive. We thank both John Betlem and the RazorSharks for the amazing support they have shown to our community.


left to right: Channing Philbrick, Shepherd Home Board of Directors Chairman; Betsy Inglis, Shepherd Home Director; Ann Young, PBA President; Jessica Imburgia, Family First Federal Credit Union; Paul Dwyer, PBA Treasurer

On August 14, the Penfield Business Association Board of Directors presented Shepherd Home with a check for $9,319 from the proceeds of the July 16th 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit Shepherd Home.  Held at Penfield Country Club on July 16th the tournament hosted over 100 golfers. Thanks to our title sponsor Family First Federal Credit Union.


Please support our 2012 Black and White Ball Sponsors!



Brian Heppard Raises Over $500 for Shepherd Home

Dr. Brian Heppard embarked on an extraordinary journey, a biking excursion from Atlanta, Ga., to Portland, Maine, that the former Shepherd Home medical director refers to as his “midlife-crisis” ride.

Brian joined the Eastern Mountain Tour with the PACTour team on a 1,752-mile, 17-day ride with stops that featured such beautiful vistas as the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near Asheville, N.C., and the Green Mountains of Rutland, Vt.

“As I planned and trained I started thinking about how I could use the trip to benefit others,” said Brian, who decided to make his personal journey a fundraiser for Shepherd Home. “I wholeheartedly believe in Shepherd Home's mission to ease the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the dying. The volunteers and staff give tirelessly to others and have cared for so many patients and their families in a gentle and reassuring manner.

“I hoped others might consider sponsoring my ride by making a donation to Shepherd Home.” 

Shepherd Home received more than $500 from various donors.

We are most thankful that Brian is back home safe, and thankful to all of those who donated to help us continue our mission of caring for the dying.

We were thrilled to have Gap Mangione perform at the Black & White Ball.