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Ugly Man John Fitzsimmons with his wife Kimberly, October 2000

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Sisters of St. Joseph Program

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St. Joseph Neighborhood Center

Charitable Cause

There is much more to the Ten Ugly Men Event than just the music, food and sports.

Ten Ugly Men is about a sense of community, caring, and helping others. Our mission is two-fold: provide the participants of our annual festival with a great time, including fantastic foods, incredible bands and sporting activities that anyone can get involved with. Our second, is to raise money for charities located in Rochester, NY.

Throughout the Ten Ugly Men Festival's history, 100% of all funds raised (after subsidizing the portion of the event which is not donated) have been given to a local charity. This amounts to over $900,000.00. Last years festival reached a record figure of over $180,000.

This years beneficiaries are the the Bright Eyes Fund for pediatric brain tumor treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital and The St. Josephs Neighborhood Center:

Bright Eyes Fund for pediatric brain tumor treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital

The Bright Eyes Fund for pediatric brain tumor treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital is the co-beneficiary of this year's Ten Ugly Men Festival. Funds raised from the party will benefit the Bright Eyes Fund in memory of Kim Fitzsimmons, the wife of "Ugly Man" John Fitzsimmons, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on May 7th, 2000, two hours after giving birth to daughter Nikole. Despite aggressive radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and an experimental clinical trial at Duke University, Kim lost her battle on February 23rd, 2003 at age 35. Malignant brain tumors are almost always fatal. Despite breakthroughs in treatment of other cancers, therapy for brain tumors has remained largely unchanged over the last 20 years. Further, they are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children. It was Kim's wish to broaden the scope of brain tumor research and treatment options here in Rochester,so local patients would not have to travel great distances to receive the latest treatments and experimental therapies. And because they are one of the most difficult cancers to treat, research advances can often be applied to other cancers, and shared between institutions across the nation. The purpose of Bright Eyes is to improve the lives of children with brain tumors and their families throughout their treatment and beyond, by helping families in their daily struggles as their children undergo treatment, and by funding new approaches to treatment. The Fund has been used to help families purchase medicine and/or equipment not covered by insurance companies, and to pay for tutoring not covered by school systems. It has covered registration fees for parents to attend conferences on brain tumors. The Fund is also used to support continuing medical education for the Brain Tumor Clinic staff through access to the latest medical journals and other sources of new information on brain tumors. It is also used to support research projects involving children with brain tumors. Such projects include new treatments and new approaches to supportive care.

ST. JOSEPHS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center was opened in 1993 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester. The Center provides primary health care, mental health counseling, adult education services and social service advocacy for uninsured and underinsured in Monroe County. Currently it is estimated that over70,000 individuals and families in the County do not have access to the care they need.

These no-cost services are provided by a generous group of over 130 professional and lay volunteers who are concerned about what happens to our community when health needs are not met. The Center receives no government money or third party payments, and is supported by individual donations and the efforts of groups like the Ten Ugly Men.

Thank you for your generosity in helping your neighbors.