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According to Wikipedia, Disco is a genre of music which was popular from the mid to late 1970s. Its initial audiences were club-goers from the African American, Latino, gay, and psychedelic communities in New York City and Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

Fundraisers and party planners have gone crazy in recent years reviving Saturday Night Fever and Kung Fu Fighting.  Rochester's original party band The 10 Ugly Men started a local fundraiser called the Ugly Disco that has gone viral and for 13 years has been an amazing benefit for Golisano Children's Hospital. VIP and general admission tickets are available at TicketMaster, Wegmans and will be available right in our stores at 1225 Portland Avenue and at Marketplace Mall very soon.

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Arlene's Costumes has been a sponsor of the Ugly Disco since its inception.  We love the groovy feeling and we love helping children! 

The mission of Golisano Children’s Hospital is to provide the best possible care to the children and families of Western New York through teaching, caring, learning, and discovering the most effective treatment options for every child that walks through their doors. 

The resources provided by everyone involved with the Ugly Disco will support the Patient Supportive Care Program and the Bright Eyes Fund. The Patient Supportive Care Program is designed to help alleviate patient suffering through high-quality pain and symptom management, patient-centered care for those experiencing serious illness, and by providing support for patients, family members, and friends.

The Bright Eyes Fund was established to help fund educational and research efforts and to enhance diagnostic and treatment options for patients with Pediatric Brain Tumors.

This year's Ugly Disco is dancing its way in to Rochester on April 1st at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and of course costumes are a must!

Ideas for this year's event range from the typical to the unusually exceptional and may include:

  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Star Wars
  • Wonder Woman
  • Charo
  • Kojak
  • Retro Tuxedo
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Sesame Street
  • Jeanie from I Dream of Jeanie
  • CHiPs
  • The Love Boat
  • The Jackson 5
  • The Village People
  • Kung Fu Fighting
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Sony & Cher
  • ABBA
  • Elton John
  • The BeeGees
  • Hippies/Flower Children
  • The Scooby Doo Gang
  • Metallic Shirts
  • Bell Bottom Pants
  • Track Suit
  • Bright T-Shirts
  • Farrah Fawcett
  • KISS
  • Pimps
  • Tie Dye
  • Sequin Shirts and Dresses


  • Tall Knee Socks
  • Large Pendants
  • Large Earrings
  • Platform Shoes with or without Fish
  • John Lennon Glasses
  • Elton John Glasses
  • Afros
  • Roller Skates
  • Gold Chains
  • Floppy Hats
  • Feathered Hair/Wigs

With just a little over two months to go, all these great ideas could be gone soon. Visit us at one of our two locations including our main location on Portland Avenue where you can get unique rental costumes as well as retail costumes and accessories. You can also order on our website and ship to store at no additional cost or to your home - for an additional fee.

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