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Saratoga Bridges Annual Gala “The White Party” NETS OVER $96,000!

$98,888 (NET) was raised at the Saratoga Bridges Annual Gala “The White Party” presented by Ketel One Vodka & Turbine Services, Ltd. ~ Vince & Patty Riggi and Ron & Michele Riggi held on Saturday, July 21 at the majestic Saratoga National Golf Club. Gala Co-Chairs, Christianne Potts and Sarah Samascott and their committee members welcomed over 600 guestsLeigh & Kimberly McConchie were the high bidders on a pre-event package donated by Independent Helicopters, Inc. which included Helicopter arrival on the golf course practice green. Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography captured many moments at their largest annual fundraiser (and extended an offer of FREE downloads – HERE).

All of the photos taken on the white carpet by our resident photographer, Greg Cuda are below… enjoy!

With Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Riggi as their Honorary Chairs, for the first time this year, the event had Benita Zahn, of News Channel 13, as an Emcee and Special Guest., professional Magician, Entertainer and America’s Got Talent 2016 Semi-Finalist Steven Brundage who amazed guests with his magic skills! It also featured scrumptious food by Mazzone Catering, complimentary cocktails from Ketel One Vodka, all-natural organic shave ice from Left Field, a silent and live auction, décor by Fine Affairs & Rain or Shine Tent Company, photos by Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography, artwork from Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors artists, a cigar roller from James & Sons TobacconistsValet Parking and Fireworks courtesy of FIREWORKS BY SANTORE. The official “White Party Band” GRAVITY kept guests dancing until 11p.m. this year – an hour longer than year’s past!

The LIVE Auction began with magic tricks and subsequently generated $18,000 for the agency’s programs and services. Chad Beatty, Past President of the Saratoga Bridges Foundation Board served as Auctioneer once again.  The items, winners and highest bids are as follows:

  • Add living space with a beautiful new deck from Curtis Lumber & Homes by Malta Development Co., Inc. and celebrate with “Buckets and Beers” from Hattie’s Restaurant

Donated by: Curtis Lumber Co., Homes by Malta Development Co., Inc. and Hattie’s Restaurant

Winning Bid of $4,000 by Richard Rowland 

  • Saratoga Premiere Gala Package – Includes TWO tickets to many fundraising events

Donated by: Saratoga Hospital Foundation, Shelters of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center, Hattie’s Mardi Gras, SPAC, The Wesley Foundation, Yaddo, Community Hospice of Saratoga & Warren Counties, The American Cancer Society and Saratoga Bridges Foundation

Winning Bid of $1,500 by Kimberly McConchie

  • A new driveway

Donated by: BDB Paving

Winning Bid of $4,500 by Dr. Joy Lucas 

  • A $1,000 gift certificate for a custom deJonghe Jewelry original

Donated by: deJonghe Jewelers

Winning Bid of $1,500 by Michelle Borisenok 

  • A Table for 10 at Saratoga Bridges’ Travers Day at the Races in the Carousel Restaurant

   Winning Bid of $4,000 by Patty Riggi 

  • Golf for four at Saratoga National Golf Club & a $500 gift card to Prime

Donated by: Saratoga National Golf Club & Prime at Saratoga National

Winning Bid of $1,500 by Charles Cronin

The auction ended with Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors artists, TJ, Teresa and David showcasing their donated original mixed media collage, “Eternal Magic” The guests were most impressed with their talents, abilities and the

















of art in their lives.  With a starting bid of $250, the winning bid was for $1,000 by Connie D’Aambra. More information on Creative Endeavors can be found at

Saratoga Bridges raised an additional $8,125 with their Silent Auction and Raffle. The Raffle included a Round-trip Airfare for 2 on Southwest & aLake Placid Ski Weekend donated by Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa and Whiteface Mountain. The Grand Prize winners were Mark Hays & Gary Brown.

YOUR support ensures vital programs, services and resources can continue for over 830 individuals who are engaging in opportunities and partnerships that inspire their hopes and dreams. Just like you, these individuals want to be valued for their abilities and contributions.

We hope we can count on your support for next year’s event – the 2019 White Party will be held on Saturday, July 13th at Saratoga National Golf Club!  See you there!

White Carpet Photos by Greg Cuda

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this event in 2019?  Call Tawn Mallison at (518)587-0723, ext. 1266 for more information!

Special thanks to our 2018 “White Party” Gala Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:  Ketel One VodkaTurbine Services, Ltd. – Vince & Patty Riggi & Ron & Michele Riggi

Lead Sponsors:   The Adirondack Trust Company;  Constance & Thomas D’Ambra;  Relph Benefit Advisors

Featured Sponsors:   CDPHP;   Coca-Cola;  Stewart’s Shops;  Tarella Financial Group;  Walter Borisenok Family Foundation;  Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP ~ Erin Callahan & Terrance Gallogly;  Mrs. Marylou Whitney & Mr. John Hendrickson

Associate Sponsors:  Aubrey Guri Team – Howard Hanna;  Axiom Capital Corporation/Sol Enterprises LLC;  Champlain Wealth Management;  Larry & Ronda Fein;  NYSCOPBA;  PLP Development LLC/BDB Paving;  

Friend Sponsors:  Camoin Associates, Inc.;  Curtis Lumber;  designsmith Studio, Christianne Smith Potts;   Fine Affairs;  Fireworks by Santore;  GLOBALFOUNDRIES, U.S., Inc.;   Homes by Malta Development Co., Inc.;  iHeart Media Albany;  LOOK Media;  M&M Digital Printing – A Division of Seeley Office Systems;  Mannix Marketing –;  Mazzone Catering;  News Channel 13;  Richard A. & Ann C. Peters;  Rain or Shine Tent Co.;  Saratoga National Golf Club;  Saratoga Today Newspaper;  Stone Industries;  The Bonadio Group;  The D.A. Collins Companies

Corporate Honorary & Honorary Committee:  Ballston Spa National Bank;  Bonacio Construction;  Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC;  Energy Guard Insulation, LLC;  Fitzgerald Morris Baker Firth PC;  Jonathan & Diane Fowler;  Hampton Inn & Suites – Saratoga Springs Hattie’s Restaurant – Jasper & Beth Alexander;  Mayor Meg Kelly; M.M. Hayes; Michele Massiano; Norman & Micki Massry; Valerie Muratori & William Sullivan;   O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law;  Phinney Design Group;  Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co.;  Saratoga Taxi;  Saratoga’s Community Federal Credit Union;  Congressman Paul Tonko;  Turf Hotels;  Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC;  

The White Party Planning Committee

Gala Co-Chairs – Christianne Smith Potts & Sarah Samascott

Honorary Chairs – Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Riggi

Beth Alexander, Jackie Ballinger, Erin Callahan, Kate Jarosh, Andrei Krasnokutski, Kara Lais, Patty Riggi, Lisamarie Rudzinski, Sarah Samascott, Christianne Smith Potts, Heather Straughter, Erik Whittle, Benita Zahn

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Varney at 518.587.0723 ext. 1266 or email

Check out photos from the 2018 event below

Photo credit: Heather Bohm-Tallman Photography