“The White Party” Gala


and Vince & Patti Riggi and Ron & Michele Riggi



A record amount of $134,990 (NET) was raised at Saratoga Bridges SOLD OUT “White Party” Gala on Saturday, July 18th!

Gala Chairs Robin Dalton and Patti Riggi (pictured left and right)
Gala Chairs Robin Dalton and Patti Riggi (pictured left and right)

Gala Chairs Patty Riggi (right) and Robin Dalton (left) and their committee greeted 650 guests to the prestigious FASIG TIPTON.  Our gratitude goes to Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography who captured many moments at our largest annual fundraiser and extended an offer of these FREE DOWNLOADS.  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 Saving Atlantis and a cigar roller from James & Sons Tobacconists.

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(Pictured left to right) Sonny Bonacio and Valerie Muratori applaud Jeffrey Scott’s opening piece to announce the Live Auction!

The LIVE Auction, held in the famed auction house, generated close to $42,000 for the agency’s programs and services.  This year we had a truly Special Guest start it off with a performance.  Our very own “One Voice” band member, Jeffrey Scott, performed a drum piece created and accompanied by Kurt Freeman, Implementation and Information Specialist before Chad Beatty, Past President of Saratoga Bridges Foundation Board and Sonny Bonacio, long-time supporter, started the bidding.

Here is some video of the performance:



Here are some of the items and winning bids:

  •  Pavilion Grand Luxury Package: Donated by Pavilion Grand Hotel, Mingle on the Avenue and all good things – Value $2,500

Winning Bid: $2,200 by Co-Chair Patty Riggi

  •  Bonacio $10,000 Home Project Makeover: Donated by Bonacio Construction

Winning Bid: $10,000 by Claudia Ryan

  •  Wine Dinner for 10 at Prime at Saratoga National: Donated by Mazzone Hospitality & Prime at Saratoga National – Value $1,500

Winning Bid: $5,300 by Walter Borisenok

  • Travers Day at the Races with Saratoga Bridges – Table for 10 – Value $1,450

Winning Bid: $2,400 by Wayne Samascott

  • 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings for 10 with Chef Brian Bowden: Donated by Chef Brian Bowden – Value $2,500

Winning Bid: $5,200 by David Trojanoski

  • Box for 5 at Saratoga Race Course: Donated by Lisa & Joe Torani – Value $1,500

Winning Bid: $1,900 by David Delany

  • A parking space in The Saratogian lot for 1 year: Donated by The Saratogian, The Record & The Community News – Value $1,080

Winning Bid: $1,200 by Joseph Torani

  • Behind the Scenes tour at WNYT News Channel 13 – Anchor Phil Bayly, who is a long-time friend and supporter, helped auction this package off and added breakfast with him to the package!: Donated by WNYT News Channel 13 – Value Priceless

Winning Bid: $1,750 by John Carney

The auction ended with Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors artists, Shannon, Erica, Adam & David showcasing their donated original torn cardboard collage, “Pink Burst.”  The guests were most impressed with their talents, abilities and the importance of art in their lives. With an estimated value of $700, the winning bid was for $1,500 by Julie Bonacio.  More information on Creative Endeavors can be found at www.creativeendeavorsartists.com.

We also raised an additional $13,829 with their Silent Auction and Raffle.  The Raffle included a Weekend in Lake Placid donated by Mirror Lake Inn, A Live Nation VIP Concert Package at SPAC donated by Live Nation Saratoga or a Spa Package donated by Mary Martin & Co. Day Spa.  The Grand Prize winner was Sara Mannix.

Check out these great photos Brian Tromans took for “SEEN” in the Times Union. and these which were featured on Saratoga Social.

Our sincere appreciation to our 2015 Season Sponsors:

Presenting Season Sponsor:   Constance & Thomas D’Ambra

Lead Season Sponsors:   The Adirondack Trust Company    Ketel One Vodka    Relph Benefit Advisors

Featured Season Sponsors:   Coca-Cola    Stewart’s Shops

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

Special thanks to our 2015 “White Party” Gala Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:   Ketel One Vodka     Vince & Patti Riggi and Ron & Michele Riggi

Featured Sponsors:   Bonacio Construction    CDPHP    Mrs. Marylou Whitney and Mr. John Hendrickson

Associate Sponsors:  AngioDynamics   Gary DiCresce & Associates   Hampton Inn & Suites – Saratoga Springs Downtown – Heather & Brian Straughter    Jim LaVigne & Mary Gavin   MVP Health Care   Northwestern Mutual – Erik T. Whittle   PLP Development, LLC   Dr. Jeffrey R. Ridha, M.D., P.C.   Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

In-kind Sponsors:   designsmithstudio   Fine Affairs   iheart Media   M&M Digital Printing – A division of Seeley Office Systems   Mannix Marketing   Mazzone Hospitality   The Saratoga Social   Saratoga Today

Corporate Honorary & Honorary Committee: 
Axiom Realty Advisors
Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc.
Bouchey Financial Group Ltd
Erika C. Browne
Erin Callahan & Terrance Gallogly
Marcy & Kevin Canale
Lisa Capasso
Competitive Advantage Group LLC
Matthew & Robin Dalton
Russell Denea, MD
Ronda & Larry Fein
Grant & Karin Gentner
Neil & Jane Golub
Hattie’s Restaurant – Beth & Jasper Alexander
W. Bruce Lunsford
Senator Kathy Marchione
Valerie Muratori & William J. Sullivan
Jeffrey & Patti Novo
Carol & Ted Obloy
Phinney Design Group
Pioneer Bank
Sara & John Regan
Saratoga National Bank & Trust
Saratoga Performing Arts Center – Marcia White
Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union
Elaine Sillery
The Law Offices of Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC
Linda & Michael Toohey
Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP
Ana Maria & Lance Young

White Party Planning Committee

Patty Riggi & Robin Dalton – Gala Co-Chairs

Diageo, North America & Empire Merchants North LLC – Honorary Chairs

Elizabeth Alexander, Chad Beatty, Julie Bonacio, Erika Browne, Erin Callahan, Rob Camoin, Marcy Canale, Lisa Capasso, Crystal Ciervo, Stacie Dina, Rebecca Douglas, Nikki Foster-Roche, Darlene Hayes, Karin Hyman-Gentner, Kate Jarosh, Samantha Kercull, Kara Lais, Patricia Novo, Carol Obloy, Jillian Petercsak, Lisamarie Rudzinski, Christianne Smith, Heather Straughter, Kevin Sykes, Erik Whittle,  Ana Maria Young