Gold Star Intergalactic Planetary Ambassadors Ball

In April 2018, the MCC Foundation’s 20th Annual Gold Star Gala, the Gold Star Intergalactic Planetary Ambassadors Ball presented by M&T Bank, raised more than $290,000 (net) for student success and program excellence at MCC. Guests went on an out-of-this-world journey that turned The Country Club of Rochester into an otherworldly place. 

Lead underwriters included M&T Bank, Dixon Schwabl, CMI Communications, Cornell’s Jewelers, the DiMarco Group, Robin ’80 and Timothy ʼ80 Wentworth, the Louis S. & Molly B. Wolk Foundation and Xerox Corporation. The event surpassed its goal thanks to generous supporters and volunteers, including Honorary Chairs Susan and John DiMarco II and Katy and Joel DiMarco, who invited guests to a challenge resulting in a record-breaking scholarship call! Committee Chairs Nellie and Wade Hedegard and Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer, along with celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge (13WHAM), made sure the event was memorable and impactful for all.

Celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge was joined by MCC Foundation scholarship recipient Alicia Kuligowski, Class of 2019, for an inspiring scholarship call.

Celebrity auctioneer Doug Emblidge was joined by MCC Foundation scholarship recipient Alicia Kuligowski, Class of 2019, for an inspiring scholarship call.


M&T Bank

The DiMarco Group, LLC



Dixon Schwabl



Xerox Corporation

Robin ’80 & Timothy ’80 Wentworth



Baldwin Richardson Foods Co

CMI Communications

Cornell’s Jewelers

del Lago Resort and Casino

Monro Inc


The Bonadio Group

Corning Incorporated Foundation

Constellation Brands

Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Konar Properties

LaBella Associates, D.P.C.

Manning Squires Hennig Co.

M/E Engineering, PC

Premium Mortgage Corporation

Royal Oak Realty Trust

SWBR Architects

Wegmans Food Markets

Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP


Carmen & John Allen

Bergmann Associates

Billitier Electric

Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Essie Calhoun-McDavid & Bernard McDavid

Olivia & David A. ʼ73 Cornell

Dan & Shannon Cunniffe

Davie Kaplan, CPA, PC

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Howard Hanna

Ken & Pamela Hines

Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation

James & Holly Nobles

Paychex, Inc.

Rochester Red Wings

Mark Siwiec & Duffy Palmer

Zweigle’s Inc.


Admar Supply Company, Inc.

Canfield & Track Printing

Constellation Brands, Inc.

John L. DiMarco, II

Monro, Inc.

Optimax Systems, Inc.

Jeffrey & Lyn Springut

Grace Tillinghast

Drs. Ingrid and Brian Watkins



Arenaʼs Florist

Bar Bantam

Blue Apple Productions

Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc.

Bristol Mountain

Century Liquor & Wines

Cornell’s Jewelers

Dado Boutique

del Lago Resort and Casino

Dixon Schwabl

E.J. Del Monte Corporation

John L. DiMarco, II


Geva Theatre Center

Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes

Iron Smoke Distillery

Kindred Fare

Lakeview Valet

Diana M. Lauria

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

Professor Karen L. Morris

NEAT Method

Next Door Bar & Grill

NY Wine & Culinary Center

Portage Tours

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Root Catering

Scott Miller

Simcona Electronics Corp.

Small Fry Art Studio

Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club

Strathallan - Double Tree by Hilton

Wilmorite Management Group