Thursday, December 1 2022

With City Council approval, a Batavia-based charity that has done so much for youth sports in Genesee County over the past 14 years will be honored to have its name attached to the city-owned ice rink. on Evans Street.

Deputy city manager Jill Wiedrick, in a Jan. 24 memo to city council, said Pellegrino Auto Sales and the David M. McCarthy Memorial Foundation submitted the most competitive bid — $3,100 a year for 10 years – to purchase the naming rights for the Batavia Ice Arena.

In October 2021, city management issued a request for proposals, seeking “a forward-thinking community leader” (company or organization) to submit a proposal indicating a commitment of at least five years. According to the RFP, proceeds from naming rights will be used to make improvements to the arena.

A draft resolution to formally accept the Pellegrino/McCarthy Foundation’s offer is on the agenda for Monday night’s city council conference meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

The resolution states that the facility will be renamed The David McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena during the 10-year term of a formal naming rights agreement and any renewals thereafter.

In his memo, Wiedrick wrote that the agreement grants potential sponsors the following rights:

  • Install signage on the arena facade;
  • Placing a (painted) sign on an interior wall for Pellegrino Auto Sales;
  • Host two events lasting up to two hours each at the arena each year;
  • Inclusion in all promotional material and other media (press releases, etc.) in conjunction with the city and Firland Management, the company that oversees operations for the city.

He adds that the sponsors will pay for the installation and removal of the facade sign and major maintenance of the sign, and that Pellegrino Auto Sales, located at 4060 Pearl St. Rd., will pay for the painting and removal of interior wall signage and maintenance of the sign.

The rink was formerly known as Falleti Ice Arena for many years.

The David M. McCarthy Memorial Foundation was established in 2007 in honor of David McCarthy, who died in a car accident in November 2006 at the age of 29. He graduated in 1995 from Batavia High School, where he excelled in baseball and hockey. .

Since then, the foundation has donated over $70,000 to numerous youth athletics organizations and individuals, including Batavia/Notre Dame hockey, Batavia Minor League Baseball, Le Roy Youth Softball and, last summer, to Batavia wrestler Casper Stewart, who competed at the United States National Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND

It also sponsors the annual David McCarthy Memorial Christmas Hockey Tournament at the Batavia Ice Arena.

Year-round fundraisers, primarily a golf tournament at Batavia Country Club and a bowling tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center, support the foundation, led by David McCarthy’s brother Brian, president; father, Michael, treasurer; and Matthew Meyer, Vice President.

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