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.


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