The 4th Annual Gilda’s Cup event was held at St. John Fisher on April 1st, and many members of our PRSSA chapter helped to put it on. Gilda’s Cup is a charity event for Gilda’s Club of Rochester that The PRIMA Group, Fisher’s student run firm has put on for the 4th year in a row now.
Every year we host several collegiate comedy improv teams, having them compete, being judged by professionals from the Rochester area. Our teams this year included SUNY Geneseo, Syracuse University, Buffalo State, LeMoyne, and SUNY Oswego. Our panel of judges included Virginia Butler from the D&C, Elvio Fernandes from the band Daughtry, Brother Wease from Radio 95.1, and Scott Pukos, from Rochester City Newspaper. All of the teams did a great job, but in the end, SUNY Oswego came out on top, and won the Gilda’s Cup!
This year in particular was a special event. Because Gilda’s Club of Rochester charity is in memory of Gilda Radner, and her husband Gene Wilder recently passed away, this year’s cup was dedicated to him. Therefore, the theme for the event was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and overall it was a huge success! Along with themed decorations, snapchat filters, and food (like the very popular chocolate fountain), we raffled off baskets for people to win. All proceeds from ticket sales at the event, and from the basket raffles went to Gilda’s Club of Rochester.
There was a great turn out for the event this year, which is always nice to see considering The PRIMA Group, including members of our PRSSA chapter, have been working on putting together this event since September. We were honored to help out with this wonderful event, and cannot wait to do the same next year!
Special thanks to The PRIMA Group for putting on this event for the 4th year in a row, to Gianna Sarkis who was in charge of the event plus the rest of the Gilda’s Cup team, and Johanna Lester – the director of events from Gilda’s Club Rochester.
Author: Allie Rudy | Treasurer of PRSSA Tom Proietti Chapter