Who We Are

The Rob Esche “Save of the Day” Foundation, Inc., is committed to promoting the needs of youth throughout the Mohawk Valley and offering contributions to other 501c3 organizations approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation is devoted to raising funds annually through special events, a partnership with the Utica Comets organization, and direct fundraising activities to benefit the Mohawk Valley community.

What We Do

Throughout the past fourteen years, the Rob Esche “Save of the Day” Foundation, Inc., has raised over two million dollars to provide financial assistance to both children with life threatening illnesses within the Mohawk Valley as well as other 501(c)3 organizations in need. Through fundraising efforts such as the 50/50 Raffle Program, annual Golf Outings, and specialty Utica Comets game nights, the Foundation has been able to help over 150 children and their families.

The Foundation also recently began assisting 501c3 organizations that demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the Mohawk Valley through in-kind donations and grants. Beginning in 2016, the Foundation will dedicate grants to organizations and programs that support youth education, fitness, and health & wellness initiatives.


Are you a 501(c)3 organization in the Mohawk Valley in need of a charitable donation? Save of the Day would love to get involved – send in your donation request below. Or, if you’re looking for a larger donation, apply for one of SOD’s 2017 grants by this March.

Latest News

First Ever Save of the Day Night Raises Over $72,000

Saturday, January 28 was a first for the Utica Comets, as they held their first ever Save of the Day Foundation Night, presented by New York State Tool. From the moment the black and bright green “U” jerseys arrived in Utica about a week prior to Saturday’s game, Comets President Robert Esche knew it was going…


Owen: A Comets Champion

It was the Wednesday before playoffs, and although most players were heading to lunch and preparing for the upcoming games, John Negrin was heading to Boonville, NY to sing to his newest friend, Owen, with the KEYS program. In January 2005, Owen was diagnosed with Tetrasomy 18p just days before his first birthday. Tetrasomy 18p…

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Impact Since 2013

$925,557 Donated

Military & Law Enforcement
$39,278 donated to Local Military & Law Enforcement
Utica Zoo
$50,900 donated to the Utica Zoo
Thea Bowman House
$55,652 donated to the Thea Bowman House
Pink the Rink
$68,492 Donated to Breast Cancer Research
Local Youth Hockey
$84,630 donated to local youth hockey organizations
Autism Awareness
$86,100 donated to the Kelberman Center

“During my years in Utica, Save of the Day has made an impact on me and my teammates. It’s very touching to see the kids at our game who the Foundation has helped, and how the partnership between the Comets and the Foundation keeps growing every year. This year, Save of the Day Night was an extremely special night to play in, and something that I hope the Comets continue for years to come. I have truly enjoyed my involvement with Save of the Day, as the Foundation is always looking to make a difference.”

Mike Zalewski
Utica Comets

“Over the past 3 years, the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center has been fortunate enough to benefit from “The Save of the Day Foundation”. As a small not-for-profit Veteran’s Organization with minimal government funding, we would not be able to accomplish our mission without the help of the community. To date, our largest contributor has been “The Save of the Day Foundation” and for that no amount of words can describe our gratitude. This additional assistance has allowed us to remove 293 homeless Veterans from the streets, provide a food pantry and donation room which serves over 1,800 Veterans and their families annually, provide mentoring and physical training to 1300 inner-city youth, all while converting a once forgotten about section of Downtown Utica into a vibrant, useful hub of activity that assists our local Veterans and their families again. Thank you!”

Vincent Scalise
CNY Veteran's Outreach

“The Save of the Day Foundation and the Utica Comets provide unwavering support to the Kelberman Center and the individuals that we serve. In 2015, the Save of the Day foundation provided underwriting for 68 children with autism spectrum disorders to attend our Awesome Summer Days camp, a supportive and inclusive 9-week program for autistic children and their siblings. One mother said, ‘The positive impact that this program has offered my son cannot be expressed in words. These summer days are some of the best he has ever had.’ It is because of Save of the Day Foundation’s generosity and commitment to community that young lives are being transformed through exceptional experiences in a supportive atmosphere.”

Robert Myers
The Kelberman Center

“The Save of the Day Foundation has helped us reach out and change lives in our community. This has included feeding individuals and families who come to our doors hungry, to providing 150 families with a Thanksgiving Turkey. The Foundation has helped us provide critical needed counseling and programming to individuals in our community struggling with life controlling issues. We were able to renovate one of our existing building with a portion of the funds provided. This building now houses individuals who have been successful in completing treatment and who are now actively engaged in seeking employment, job training, or attending college. All of this has been made possible because of the generosity of the Save of the Day Foundation.”

Ernie Talerico
The Rescue Mission