“The White Party” Gala





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.

View More: http://hbtphoto.pass.us/bridges-white-party-2014

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 & SpiritsThe 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

Lead SponsorsCDPHP    Bonacio Construction – Julie & Sonny Bonacio     Ron & Michele Riggi     Vincent & Patty Riggi

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

Media Sponsors:  Saratoga.com    Saratoga Today    PYX 106.5     Oldies 98.3

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
designsmith Studio
Nancy & Gary DiCresce
Fine Affairs
Neil & Jane Golub
LA Group – Mike Ingersoll
M&T Bank
Mannix Marketing/saratoga.com
Senator Kathy Marchione
Michele Massiano
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
Saratoga Taxi
Seeley Office Systems
Elaine Sillery
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
Katie Allen
Mallory Barringer
Chad Beatty
Julie Bonacio
Erika Browne
Rob Camoin
Marcy Canale
Meg Casebolt
Rebecca Douglas
Rosemarie Fusco
Karin Hyman-Gentner
Kate Jarosh
Justin Joyner
Kara Lais
Patricia Novo
Carol Obloy
Jillian Petercsak
Lisamarie Rudzinski
Nick Russell
Tim Seeley, Jr.
Christianne Smith
Kevin Sykes
Erik Whittle
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.

Albany-Business-Review logo

Also, we learned we are one of Saratoga.com Fab Five Awardees for Best Events in 2014!fab-five-awards-logo2014

If you have questions, please contact Heather Varney at 518.587.0723, ext. 1266 or email hvarney@saratogabridges.org.

Our sincere appreciation to our 2014 Season Sponsors:

Lead Season SponsorsThe Adirondack Trust Company   Constance & Thomas D’Ambra   Ketel One Vodka

Featured Season SponsorsCoca-Cola    Relph Benefit Advisors  Stewart’s Shops

Associate Season Sponsors: The Bonadio Group    Camoin Associates, Inc.   Champlain Wealth Management Reinhardt   O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law    Saratoga Casino & Raceway   Tarella Financial Group


Mark your calendar for next year’s event

July 18, 2015!