l-r David Martin, Michelle Smith & Mike Mihaly photo courtesy of The Saratogian/Ed Burke
Guests set sail for a Treasure Island adventure to celebrate the Children’s Museum at Saratoga on Saturday night at Prime at Saratoga National. Event co-chairs Jenny Witte and museum Executive Director Michelle Smith welcomed a sold out crowd to the 5th Annual Birthday Bash event with proceeds going to enable the Museum to continue offering high quality programs and learning opportunities for community families.
During the cocktail hours guests enjoyed complimentary signature cocktails and live music from Two Girls and a Grand while they perused the silent auction tables, stocked with items from Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio, North Country Horses, Frankie Flores, Healthy Living Market and Café and so much more. Johnny and Diane Martinez from Tango Fusion were decked out in their finest pirate attire to help get party goers in the high seas spirit and the Smile Lounge photo booth was packed all night as guests grouped together to say cheese using parrot and sword props to capture the perfect memory of the evening.
Spotted in the crowd we saw Honorary Chairs Robin and Matt Dalton, Fran Dingeman, Gary Dake, Rick Partyka, Natalie Sillery, Honorary Committee members Erika Gough and Allison Meyers, David and Stephanie Collins, Katie and Dr. Martin Breen, Mark and Elisa Haworth, Jennifer Armstrong, Adam Powers, Stephen Carlton and Theresa Lang.
Beth Gelber and Jeffrey Farbaniec in the Smile Lounge Photo Booth photo courtesy of The Saratogian/Ed Burke
Lauren Rose and Lynn Pohl photo courtesy of The Saratogian/Ed Burke
Also in attendance were the hard working board members of the museum, including Board President Mike Mihaly, Vice President Lauren Rose, Daniel Fariello, Meg Casebolt, Shawn Corp, Chris Dooling Beth Gelber, Heather Hoke, Robert Lippman, Martha MacGregor, David Martin, Wesley Slyke, Sarah Ward, Stephanie Schroder-Loveland, Margaret Noel, Brandon Ture, Jennifer Allen and Joseph Greco.
We chatted with Board President Mike Mihaly about the event, which saw record attendance this year. “Our board has worked so hard putting this year’s event together and it has been growing every year. The support we receive from the community is invaluable to the museum and the programs we put on for children, and we are so grateful to celebrate here at Prime while raising these much needed funds.”
Inside the ballroom, oversized floral arrangements featuring palm leaves from Rena’s Fine Flowers added to the island ambiance as guests took their seats for an elegant dinner from Prime. Mike Mihaly and Michelle Smith thanked guests and sponsors for making the event possible for the museum, and a live auction got underway with the help of Chris Ward from Bid for Your Benefit. His expertise got the bidding going fast and furiously and a ten person tour of Yaddo and a four pack of Disney park hopper passes were some of the top items. The Blockos Band took over and the dance floor quickly filled up with partygoers enjoying the awesomely 80s songs from the high energy band.
We spoke with museum Executive Director Michelle Smith about the event, who told us, “I am so excited to be a part of celebrating the Museum’s 24th year. Over the past 5 years we accomplished so much. The addition of two new exhibits, the Silly Science Center, a complete enhancement of the first floor and many new programs that meet the educational and developmental needs of children. We have been able to reach the community with new outreach programs for school age children and have been able to donate more of those programs than ever before, but it would not be possible without the generous support of the community. I am especially thankful to those long time supporters of the museum, The Adirondack Trust Company, The Saratogian, LemeryGreisler, The Fort Miller Group, Stewarts,101.3 The Jockey, Bid for your Benefit and Mamatoga. Thank you everyone!”