It was an exquisite summer evening as guests arrived at the Canfield Casino for TRASK, Preserving Saratoga Springs through Art. The evening was collaboration between Saratoga Springboard and the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation to benefit the Preservation Foundation’s efforts to restore the Katrina Trask Memorial, including the Spirit of Life sculpture in Congress Park.
The evening centered around stunning works of art, all inspired by Saratoga, that were up for both best in show recognition and available for purchase. All of the contributing artists were from the Saratoga area and works were entered in several different mediums. As crowds of people began to arrive at the Casino, the support for the restoration of the Memorial was evident. Alysa Arnold, Vice President of Saratoga Springboard, was thrilled with the turnout. “We are overwhelmed with all of the community support. Everyone stepped up to the table and helped us out, it is going to be a great event because of this very supportive community.”
The ballroom with filled with the live music of Tequila Mockingbird while guests nibbled on food donated by The Living Room, Elizabeth’s Table and Gaffney’s Restaurant. Frankie Flores delighted attendees by live painting throughout the event, contributing his pieces to the fundraising efforts. Spotted in the crowd, Chris Armer President of the Saratoga Preservation Foundation, wife Kelly, David Miller, one of the evening’s judges and wife Sandra Miller who was a contributing artist. The Tattlers also saw Colleen and Ryan McMahon, Mayor Scott Johnson and wife Julie, Tammy and George Ehinger, Jay and Alyssa Arnold, Bob and Cathy Allen enjoying the evening.
Mike and Linda Toohey were amongst those recognized for their tremendous support, contributing the single largest individual donation to the evening’s efforts. The event was co-chaired by Donna Hassler, the Director of Chesterwood, the home and studio of Daniel Chester French, and Elaina Richardson, executive director of Yaddo.