On October 18, 2018, thanks to the help of our community sponsors and the inspiring words of Bill Cowher, our Sports Luncheon raised nearly $100,000 to help support our Youth and Family Mentoring Programs. Once again, the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center provided the backdrop for a fantastic day celebrating the accomplishments of Compeer Rochester, the premier of our new videos highlighting our Adult Program, and a rousing speech from Bill Cowher who talked about the importance of teamwork and giving of yourself to people who need support.

About the Ben R. Giambrone Sports Luncheon 

Each fall, Compeer Rochester convenes the community downtown for its Ben R. Giambrone Sports Luncheon. Upwards of 700 attendees from Rochester’s most prominent corporations join us to learn about and celebrate Compeer Rochester, and to hear from a premier personality from the world of sports. Past keynote speakers have included Jim Kelly, Reggie Jackson, Joe Montana, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Terry Bradshaw, and Bill Walton.

This event is named in honor of Ben R. Giambrone, a titan for Compeer Rochester over many years, and civic exemplar who was actively involved with community organizations including Mary Cariola Children’s Center, Geva Theatre, Rochester Rotary Club, and Rochester Press-Radio Club. Ben served as Board Chair from 2002–2004 and as President and CEO from 2004–2006. Under his leadership as co-chair of our annual Sports Luncheon, the event continually set new fundraising records for Compeer Rochester’s programs. But most important to Ben among his Compeer involvements was his Youth Program match, Josh. 

For more information about our 2018 Sports Luncheon

Contact Heather Baker at (585) 546.8280 ext. 214 or at hbaker@compeerrochester.org.


“When Ben passed away and Compeer named their annual sports luncheon after him, I thought it would just be a one-time thing — but the name stuck, and it’s just one of the many ways Compeer has shown their appreciation for our family and been a blessing in my life.

Compeer has brought me in touch with many wonderful people and what they’ve given me — my matches, my friendships with all the staff and volunteers — is priceless.”

— Pam Giambrone, long-time Compeer volunteer and donor