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March 4, 2023

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The Festival of Inclusion Returns Today

for its Second Year!

Free! 10 AM to 2 PM at the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth

Interactive Creative Activities and Demonstrations from 60+ Organizations Serving the Intellectual Developmental Disability Community


The Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies are joining together to host the second annual Festival of Inclusion, an inspirational day of free interactive fun, games and education featuring over 60 agencies and organizations serving the intellectual developmental disability community.

Festival of Inclusion Event Highlights:

  • Sports activities
  • Adaptive equipment demonstrations
  • Virtual reality
  • Information resources
  • Games and prizes
  • DJ and music
  • A photo booth for fun photo ops
  • Pittsford Fire Department rescue truck
  • Free t-shirts and tote bags to the first 500 attendees
  • Food trucks located outside the Golisano Training Center entrance


Saturday, March 4, 2023

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Golisano Training Center at Nazareth

4245 East Ave in Rochester


Interactive and creative activities and demonstrations will take place inside the Center from the following regional organizations:

The 2nd annual Festival of Inclusion is presented by Special Olympics, Best Buddies, the Golisano Foundation, and sponsored by Wegmans, Al Sigl Community of Agencies and Nazareth.

For more information visit:

The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated to making the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Foundation is devoted to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. Founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader, and founder of Paychex, Inc. —the Foundation “imagines the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity, and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities. With more than $60 million in gross assets, it awards about $3 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.

About Special Olympics New York - Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 67,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 170 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. For additional information about Special Olympics New York, to learn more about getting involved, or to make a donation, visit

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).