A Letter from the Founder...
I’ve had the privilege of calling Rochester, NY home for the entirety of my life. This city has given so much to me. For starter, some of the best friends anyone could find, a robust culture that allows me to experience arts and creative outlets other cities wish they had, a thriving business that focuses on helping others achieve their greatest goals, an education that has allowed me to grow, and organizations that make me feel like I belong by making a difference. Due to all these things, I’ve maintained a consistent focus on making sure Rochester continues to be one of the best places in the country to live, by continuing to bring these values to our community for generations to come through Farley's Friends.
Throughout my life I have been blown away by how many people I meet that share a similar vision. They love this city. They want to be a part of positive change. But often, they haven’t known where they could help, or more specifically haven’t been able to find an organization/non-profit that resonates with them to where they can give their time or money for the greater good of our community.
In a city with so many charitable organizations, it can be difficult to sift through them all to find the best donor or volunteer fit. Finally I came to ask myself “What’s the best way to help my philanthropically focused friends find an organization that resonates with them? That they’d like to get involved with?” At that time I remembered – "Hey, I’m really good at putting people together. Let’s just throw a party to celebrate our town, our success and our friendship, all while featuring organizations that are doing great things in our area.
That’s how Farley’s Friends was born. Since 2009, Farley's Friends has been hosting events that benefit multiple nonprofits, helping people get more involved with great causes in our community. It’s been incredible to see these events grow and prosper while creating significant long term support for a number community and nonprofit organizations in our community.
It’s my honor to be surrounded by so many great people, and I’m excited that in 2016 we’ve made the steps to become an official organization dedicated to this cause! Together with your help, our Board, Committees, and partners here at Farley’s Friends we’ll be able to make a significant impact in this community beyond what just a few friends "throwing a party" could accomplish. I’m excited for what the future holds for communities throughout Western New York, as we strive to:
Inspire. Involve. Invest.
I look forward to seeing you at our next event!
President and Founder