The SPAC Winter Ball, DALLAS: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

The Tattlers have attended many theme parties this past year, but we must say that the revelers at Saturday’s SPAC Winter Ball really went all out for the DALLAS: Everything is Bigger in Texas theme.  400 guests turned out to support SPACA and as attendees lined up to get in we spotted cowboy boots, denim on denim, ten gallon hats, and oversize novelty belt buckles galore. Grand Central Station was front and center as you entered the Hall of Springs and there were guests on the dance floor from the beginning to the end of this high energy event. The Hall was transformed in “Soutfork Ranch” for the evening, with bales of hay and fun country western accents providing a festive Dallas vibe.

We bumped into Tom and Rachel Uccellini first, with Rachel absolutely on point with the theme wearing a gorgeous blue pantsuit that could have come straight out of an episode of the hit television show and a blow out that was unrivaled that evening. Tom went with a more low key preppy meets western look and topped it off with a cowboy hat perfectly. Dave and Traci Jersen were there, chatting with friends and enjoying some of the southwestern style fare. We chatted with Linda Passaretti, Director of Development at SPAC who got in the spirit in a great fringed jacket and Melissa Zieker who went with the big hair Dallas idea and pulled it off beautifully. Also spotted in denim and cowboy boots we saw Heather Kisselback, Ray Bryan, Natalie and Charles Wait, Jr., Rich White and Margaret D’Andrea, Fran Dingeman from exclusive media sponsor Star 101.3, Ciara Austin, Emily and Jerome Mopsik, Justin Jordan and Cassandra Partyka, and Jacob Hopper.

The mechanical bull lured people to it’s corner early on, and once the action started with the bull it didn’t stop. A first for the Tattlers, we absolutely had to try it and thought it was such a fun addition to the night. Plenty of party goers hopped on for a ride, both Alex and Tina Frolish took a spin, we saw the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Director Lois Celeste up there holding her own, but Adam Powers had the best performance, doing a very impressive flip on the bouncy bounce before he got on for his second ride of the evening.

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Adam Powers, expert mechanical bull rider. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

Guests had plenty of hot spots to hit while mingling with friends, and the Heather Bohm Tallman photo booth was buzzing all night where friends gathered in groups to put on their best cowboy and cowgirl poses complete with bandannas and toy pistols. The “Margarita Mania” giveaway table was also busy, and Molly Chiang was the winner of the Tuthilltown bourbon and whiskey package. Other great giveaway items included clear quartz drop earrings from Frank Adams Jewelers and Heather Hamell was the lucky winner of the Billy Pull-On Frye Boots.

Sliders and empanadas were on the Tex Mex themed menu, along with delicious little bites like mini fish tacos. Saratoga Eagle was the exclusive beer sponsor and Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Empire Merchant North generously donated wine for the event. Tuthilltown Spirits was on hand to offer generous samples and Corinth Wine & Liquor provided the top-shelf tequila for “Margarita Mania”. Grand Central Station took a break for the costume contest, where Sam Chabot took home the coveted Best ‘JR’ Oil Baron Costume award. Everyone then kicked up their heels in true Dallas fashion and danced the night away in this little slice of the Lone Star State in Saratoga.

Emily and Jerome Mopsik. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks

Emily and Jerome Mopsik. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks

Matt Waddell, Maggie Goble, Ana O'Niel, Samantha Kercull, Jessica Mitchell and Sam Chabot. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

Matt Waddell, Maggie Goble, Ana O’Niel, Samantha Kercull, Jessica Mitchell and Sam Chabot. Photo courtesy of Eric Jenks.

“This year’s Dallas themed Winter Ball was one for the record books. With Southfork Ranch décor, delicious southwestern cuisine,  amazing music by Grand Central Station, and a mechanical bull, it was a huge success,” said Winter Ball Co-Chair, Andrew Parsons. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, honorary committee members, and volunteers who invested their time, and talent to make this event the best yet and to all the guests whose enthusiasm created an unforgettable evening.”

Although we will miss the mechanical bull, the Tattlers can’t wait to see what the Junior Committee dreams up for next year’s Winter Ball. Kudos to everyone on the committee who made this such a fun Saratoga event!

Celebrate Romance, the 25th Anniversary Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson

Celebrate Romance, held at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, was the place to be on Saturday evening. This year marked the 25th anniversary of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson’s (PPMH) annual fundraiser, and a record number of supporters braved the wintery weather to celebrate this milestone. Over $40,000 was raised in support of women’s reproductive health in Saratoga County.

Founded by Amie and Thom Richards 25 years ago, the event that began as a small gathering of Planned Parenthood supporters in their home has grown into a festive affair of over 200 people. According to Aime, “This event has raised thousands of dollars to ensure that women and families in our community have access to critical reproductive health care services.”

Guests enjoyed a scrumptious spread of hors d’oeuvres and petits fours from Hattie’s Restaurant and perused a wide selection of silent auction items such as stunning antique jewelry generously donated by James Morrison Antiques.

Amy Durland & Robert Mains and Amie & Thom Richards were the recipients of this year’s Giraffe Award for “sticking their necks out” for Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. Both couples were publicly recognized by Co-President/CEO Paul Drisgula.

“The Giraffe award is the highest award given by our organization”, said Drisgula. “Both couples have been key underwriters and supporters of Planned Parenthood for many years. It is only natural that both couples receive the award in this 25th anniversary year. We deeply appreciate all that they have done for us over these last couple of decades.”

Keeping with the Silver Anniversary theme, 25 blockbuster bottles of wine valued at over $1,000 tempted nearly every attendee to try their luck. Dashing the hopes of fellow ticket buyers of bringing home the night’s biggest prize, Jeffrey Olson was the proud owner of the winning raffle ticket. Guests lingered well past the event’s close, and a wonderful time was had by all.