A record amount of $113,774 (NET) was raised at Saratoga Bridges Annual “White Party” Gala on Saturday, July 19th as Elizabeth Alexander & Heather Straughter, Gala Chairs and their committee greeted over 600 guests at the prestigious FASIG TIPTON. Our friends at Modern Mix Marketing captured the essence of our event in this wonderful video they shot for us! Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography captured many memorable moments (several are at the bottom of the page) at our largest fundraiser and extended an offer of FREE downloads here to guests.
Heather Bohm-Tallman took the photo above (l to r) of
Co-Chairs Beth Alexander and Heather Straughter welcoming guests
to the 2014 White Party.
Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet catered by Mazzone Hospitality Catering, cocktails were courtesy of DIAGEO & Ketel One Vodka, live and silent auctions, festive décor by Fine Affairs, beautiful floral arrangements donated by The Posie Peddler, entertainment from Gravity and a cigar roller from James & Sons Tobacconists.
The LIVE Auction, held in the famed auction house, combined with the Silent Auction brought in close to $34,000 for our agency’s programs and services.
Sammy, The Bugler, started the Live Auction off with the sounds of summer in Saratoga before Chad Beatty, President of Saratoga Bridges Foundation Board and Beth Alexander & Heather Straughter, co-chairs of the event, started the bidding. Here are some of the items and winning bids:
- Bonacio $10,000 Home Project Makeover: Donated by Bonacio Construction
Winning Bid: $17,000 by Ryen Van Hall
- A Wine Dinner for 10 at Prime at Saratoga National: Donated by Mazzone Hospitality & Prime at Saratoga National
Winning Bid: $2,100 by Lisa Moser
- David Yurman Cushion On Point Necklace in Sterling Silver with Faceted Black Onyx and Diamonds: Donated by Frank Adams Jewelers
Winning Bid: $1,100 by Stacie Arpey
- The National Man – Our friends at The National, Saratoga National Golf Club, Prime at Saratoga National, Hair Creations and James & Sons Tobacconists have created a treat for the guys! Donated by The National, Saratoga National Golf Club, Prime at Saratoga National, Hair Creations and James & Sons Tobacconists
Winning Bid: $2,100 by Giovani Tedesco
- A Masterpiece Portrait on canvas from Kramer Portraits: Donated by Kramer Portraits, New York
Winning Bid: $1,850 by Tom Qualtere
- Travers Day at the Races with Saratoga Bridges – Table for 10
Winning Bid: $2,100 by Todd Smolen
- VIP SPAC Concert Package for 6 for Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow & Gloriana: Donated by Sidney Frank Importing
Winning Bid: $2,600 by Wilame Piteri & Charles Cronin
- A Weekend of Luxury at the Pavilion Grand Hotel: Donated by Pavilion Grand Hotel, Mingle on the Avenue and All Good Things
Winning Bid: $1,800 by Erik & Sarah Whittle
The auction ended with our Creative Endeavors artists, David, Adam, Mary and Shannon showing bidders the three pieces they donated. The guests saw the confidence the artists have gained and just how important art has impacted their lives. With an estimated value of $270, the winning bid was for $2,500 by Michele Riggi. Visit Creative Endeavors Artists on the web at creativeendeavorsartists.com for more information on how this program is changing the lives of the individuals we serve.
We also raised an additional $11,176 in the silent auction and raffle. This year’s raffle included a “Basket of Cheers” filled with wines rated 90PLUS valued at $1,500 from Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits. The winner was Pier Bruno.
Special thanks to our 2014 ‘White Party’ Gala Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsors: Ketel One Vodka Mrs. Marylou Whitney & Mr. John Hendrickson Michael W. & Stacie H. Arpey
Featured Sponsors: DA Collins Companies Jim LaVigne & Mary Gavin Hampton Inn & Suites — Saratoga Springs Downtown – Heather & Brian Straughter Hattie’s Restaurant – Beth & Jasper Alexander Rama Interiors, Inc. Northwestern Mutual – Erik T. Whittle
Corporate & Honorary Committee:
The Bonadio Group
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Steven Bouchey of Bouchey Financial Group
Clark W. Brink – C.B. Enterprises of Saratoga – McDonald’s
Erika C. Browne
Camoin Associates, Inc.
Champlain Wealth Management Reinhart
Monika & Charles Cronin
The D.A. Collins Companies
Nancy & Gary DiCresce
Neil & Jane Golub
LA Group – Mike Ingersoll
Senator Kathy Marchione
Valerie Muratori & Bill Sullivan
New York Long Term Care Brokers – Kevin J. Johnson
Carol & Ted Obloy
O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law
Phinney Design Group
Pioneer Bank, Dan Cheeseman
The Posie Peddler
Relph Benefit Advisors
Ron & Michele Riggi and Vincent & Patty Riggi
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Saratoga National Bank & Trust
Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union
Seeley Office Systems
Tarella Financial Group
Congressman Paul D. Tonko
Scott Varley Team Realty USA
The Law Offices of Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC
Ana Maria & Lance Young
White Party Planning Committee
Elizabeth Alexander & Heather Straughter – Gala Co-Chairs
Sonny & Julie Bonacio – Honorary Chairs
Tim Seeley, Jr.
Ana Maria Young
Our 2013 “The White Party” was recognized as one of the top 25 Fundraising Events (net revenue) from the Albany Business Review! As #25, this is the 1st time that a Saratoga Bridges event has received this honor.
If you have questions, please contact Heather Varney at 518.587.0723, ext. 1266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our sincere appreciation to our 2014 Season Sponsors: