Concentus in the Community
Concentus Team for Make Every Woman and Girl Count 5K
When Susan Latoski, the Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley and former Concentus board member, reached out to Concentus to participate in the 5K walk/run to raise money for this worthy non-profit, of course we said “yes”! Kathy Grant, Kate McCurdy, and Maggie Symington accepted the challenge, although we didn’t all commit to the same pace, or even to the race, if the morning brought rain that (we have to protect our instruments!). Luckily, the recent rains receded and left just a raw, blustery autumn morning, whose only sunshine came when needed.
There were over 30 “teams” of walkers and runners, with over 200 participants. When we checked the website right before the event, they had already raised around $25,000 from that group. The event had a long list of sponsors, including Medved, Wegmans, and Dixon Schwabl, who also provided support for the event.
We arrived at Genesee Valley Park around 9:15 to check in for the 10am start time, and gathered our t-shirts and goodie bags and snacks, as well as bottles of Karma water—made right here in Rochester!
The race started precisely at 10, and we walkers took to the path directly after. We crossed over the Genesee River, then over the Erie Canal, and walked south along the river, past the Public Safety Training Facility, with its spooky burned-out-looking airplanes and pretend control tower. We made it back to the finish line in about 50 minutes (we were slowed a bit by my needing to stop occasionally for photos…). Kate had originally signed up to run, but walked with Kathy and Maggie in solidarity, and we had a lovely chat about lots of things and nothing in particular.
It was a great way to start a day that will end with Concentus rehearsal. If you’re interested, you can still donate to our team’s page.
Conductor Gwen Gassler and singers Kathy Grant and Maggie Symington also recently attended Catholic Family Center's Empty Bowls, “a grassroots effort that raises awareness and money to address homelessness and hunger in towns and cities across the nation.” Catholic Family Center benefits people in crisis throughout Monroe County, and has an impressive breadth of services, including Healthy Sisters’ Soup and Bean Works.
Concentus will also be caroling at a couple of nursing homes in December.