Updated: 08/14/2014 5:44 PM
Created: 08/14/2014 1:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Nikki Rudd
The Wegmans LPGA isn’t just about golf – it also raises money for charities in Rochester. Over the years, it's raised millions.
Just last year, $400,000 was given to United Way agencies across Rochester. One of the largest recipients was Hillside Children's Foundation which has been a part of our community since 1837.
It started out as an orphanage and now the focus is on making sure children have better lives and can become successful, functioning adults.
Hillside Children’s Foundation President Tom Hildebrandt said, “It’s incredible. They are people who are probably the first in their family to go to college in many cases. We’re taking them from what otherwise could be a challenging life to being productive citizens.”
There are 4,500 students that take part in this program across New York and Maryland. Hildebrant says the focus is all about increasing graduation rates.