Our “White Party” has record attendance & NETS over to $112,000!


A record amount of $112,125 (NET) was raised at our 24th Annual ‘White Party’ Gala held on Saturday, July 20th as Elizabeth Alexander & Heather Straughter, Gala Chairs and their committee greeted 600 guests at the prestigious FASIG TIPTON!  Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography (a percentage from print sale proceeds donated to Saratoga Bridges) captured many memorable moments (http://hbtphoto.blogspot.com/2013/07/saratoga-bridges-white-party-2013.html) at Saratoga Bridges largest fundraiser, part of the Saratoga 150 celebration. Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet catered by Mazzone Hospitality Catering, cocktails were courtesy of DIAGEO, 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 was held in the famed auction house and combined with the Silent Auction brought in close to $42,000 for Saratoga Bridges 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 Sonny Bonacio, long-time supporter and this year’s Honorary Chair along with his beautiful wife, Julie, 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 Joe Torani (Bollam, Sheedy & Torani)

–       A Wine Dinner for 10 at Prime at Saratoga National: Donated by Mazzone Hospitality & Prime at Saratoga National — Winning Bid: $2,700 by Paul Robbins (Diageo)

–       Ladies Night Makeover Package for 10: Donated by Frank Adams Jewelers; Violet’s & Stella’s of Saratoga; Fusion, The Salon; Hattie’s Restaurant and Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits — Winning Bid: $2,900 by Michele Riggi

–       A 14k White Gold Pendant w/ .37cts of Diamonds: Donated by deJonghe Original Jewelry — Winning Bid: $1,400 by Paul Matties, Jr.

–       Saratoga Trunk Collection D’Alli G.C. w/ a Photo Session & Framed 11×14 by Master Photographer Tammy Loya: Donated by Saratoga Trunk & Tammy Loya Studio — Winning Bid: $750 by Jeff Russell (Frank Adams Jewelers)

–       Travers Day at the Races w/ Saratoga Bridges – Table for 10Winning Bid: $2,500 by Ryen VanHall

–       VIP Concert Package for 6 for John Mayer at SPAC: Donated by Sidney Frank Importing — Winning Bid: $1,900 by John Hendrickson

The auction ended with Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors artists, Adam, Mandy and Shannon showing bidders three pieces that they had donated to our auction.  The crowd could clearly see the confidence they have gained in their creative ability and just how important art has become in their lives.  The estimated value was listed as $425.  The winning bid was for $2,800 by Connie D’Ambra.  Visit Creative Endeavors Artists on the web at http://creativeendeavorsartists.com for more information on how this program is changing the lives of the individuals we serve.

Melissa Harriman won our Raffle for 2 roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Several media outlets featured us —

http://www.saratogatodayonline.com/index.php/publications/saratoga-today/item/1963-july-26-2013 (pages 9 and 11)




Saratoga Bridges is most grateful to the following for without their generosity, we would not have been as successful:


Our 2013 Gala Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:   DIAGEO and CDPHP

Lead Sponsors:  Bonacio ConstructionSonny & Julie Bonacio and Marylou Whitney &  John Hendrickson

Associate Sponsors:  Michael & Stacie Arpey, Ronda & Larry Fein, Hampton Inn Saratoga Heather & Brian Straughter, Hattie’s Restaurant – Jasper & Elizabeth Alexander and  Saratoga Casino & Raceway

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

Corporate Honorary and Honorary Committee Sponsors:  
Agatha R. Benton
Brink Organization – McDonald’s of Saratoga
Erika C. Browne
Camoin Associates
Monika & Charles Cronin
Crush and Cask  Wine and Spirits 
deJonghe Jewelry
Russell Denea, MD
designsmith studio
Kate & Rich Edwards
Engineering America Co.
Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth PC
Frank Adams Jewelers
Fusion, The Salon
Karin & Grant Gentner
M&T Bank
The Honorable & Mrs. Earle I. Mack
Senator Kathleen Marchione
Michele Massiano
Norman & Micki Massry
Helen & Guy Mastrion
Mazzone Hospitality
Valerie Muratori & Bill Sullivan
New York Long Term Care Brokers, Ltd.
Northwestern Mutual, Erik Whittle
Dr. Thaddeus & Carol Obloy
Pioneer Bank
Posie Peddler
Nancy Richmond
Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union
Saratoga National Bank & Trust
Saratoga Taxi, Larry Kupper
Saratoga Trunk
Seeley Office Systems
Signature Cabinet Group
Tammy Loya Studio
David R. Tarella
The Law Offices of Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC
Michael & Linda Toohey
Turbine Services Ltd., Michele & Ron Riggi and Patty & Vince Riggi
Violet’s & Stella’s of Saratoga 

Special thanks to our 2013 Season Sponsors:

Title Season Sponsor:   The Adirondack Trust Company

Lead Season Sponsors:   Constance & Thomas D’Ambra and DIAGEO

Featured Season Sponsor:   Coca-ColaNew Country Toyota Scion of Saratoga, Relph Benefit Advisors and Stewart’s Shops

Associate Season Sponsors:   The Bonadio Group, Champlain Wealth Management and Olsen Associates, Architects

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