November 21, 2017
Fresh off a fantasy wedding and romantic honeymoon, Joelle and Peter Roberti returned to Rochester and immediately got back to work. Joelle returned to her job as a senior buyer for Alstom, a multinational transport company, and Peter went back to the family business, Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers.
And it wasn’t much longer before they dove into a shared passion: giving back to the community.
“Both of our families believe in giving back and Peter and I have always had that in our plan,” says Joelle. “Once things settled down after the wedding, it was the first thing we wanted to tackle.”
Finding a cause to support was easy. The physicians at Rochester Regional Health’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute (SCHI) have been integral to the care for relatives on both sides of the Robertis’ family. The Robertis envisioned an event that would be fun, engaging and something that would inspire people their age to get involved in philanthropy.
“So many people think that you have to give millions to make a difference and that’s just not true,” says Joelle. “There is no ‘right’ amount, and sometimes the gift is offering time or other resources, which can be just as important to programs that educate and raise awareness.”
With the help of Rochester Regional Health Foundations, Peter and Joelle connected with the SCHI and organized a guest-bartender night at City Grill on East Avenue in Rochester, NY.
On October 26, eight SCHI physicians traded their scalpels for shakers as they mixed and poured drinks for patrons. Over the course of a few hours, more than 100 friends, family members and colleagues helped raise more than $1,600.
For the Robertis, the night was a huge success, and they are already planning their next event to benefit Rochester Regional Health.
To learn about how you can become involved in community fundraising, please contact Tiffany Carnevale at 585.922.0113 or Tiffany.Carnevale@RochesterRegoinal.org.