The Tattlers dropped by the Irish Times on Thursday night where we found Tom and Kristie Roohan behind the bar, mixing up drinks for a great cause. A portion of the evening’s proceeds was donated to Rebuilding Saratoga Together and in no time it was standing room only at the bar. Right away we bumped into Agatha Benton who looked radiant in red, Steve Von Schenk, his son Paul and new daughter in law Meredith, and Suzanne and Greg Grande. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is a volunteer driven non-profit that brings communities together to make free repairs to the homes of low income property owners and much of the crowd was made up of local realtors and builders. We spotted builders Matt McPadden and Sonny Bonacio, as well as Theresa Capozzola and Colleen Guarino. Meg and Jack Minehan found their way to the bar as well as Valerie and Bill Thompson, Jane Mehan, Kate and Mike Naughton, Kate and Jim Deloria, Palma and Ron Pedrick, Amy and Rod Sutton, Annie Comstock, Michelle and Dave Torres, Darlene and Jim Chorman and Mary Flanagan.
The mood was festive at Longfellow’s restaurant on Thursday night as the community came out to support the Shelters of Saratoga’s 3rd Annual ‘Stepping Out for a Great Cause’ Gala. The generous spirit of the crowd was palpable as partygoers sipped cocktails and perused a wonderful array of silent auction items.
We had a chance to chat with Honorary Chairs Alysa and Jay Arnold about their involvement with SOS, Alysa telling us “It’s so much more than just a place to stay, it’s a place that empowers its guests to live a better life and gain their independence”. That sentiment was expressed eloquently by a former houseguest turned employee of SOS who addressed the crowd about how he was able to change his life through his involvement with SOS. Sean Kelleher told the guests “I am so happy to be able to play even a small role in increasing awareness of not only what the house does, but the people it serves.”
As the night progressed Chris Ward of North Peak Auctions kicked off the live auction and enthusiastically solicited live pledges from the crowd. His wife Sarah who is pregnant with their first child, watched supportively, looking quite chic in a black cocktail dress. We spotted long time supporters of SOS Mayor Ken Klotz and wife Karen in the crowd as well as Mark and Elisa Haworth, Richard Higgins and Jane Sanzen, Annie Quinn, Mary Chamberlain and Cindy Harrington. We also chatted with new parents Rick Lofstad and Sarah Stacey, Rick’s restaurant Moby Rick’s having donated one of the evening’s many auction items.
Music from Will Severin kept the crowd upbeat as they nibbled on passed hors d’oeuvres and antipasto. The importance of the shelter and the services they provide to their houseguests was mentioned repeatedly in conversations we had with several of those involved in the organization, including Angleo Calbone, Stephen Towne and Laura Chodos. Laura, who looked stunning in a maroon ensemble, was also happy to note the increase in involvement and donations by younger families in Saratoga, who truly prioritize the importance of SOS in their community.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga always celebrates it’s birthday in style, and this past weekend was no exception. The 4th Annual Birthday Bash for the museum took place at Prime at Saratoga National, and the theme for the evening was an elegant black and white ball inspired by the children’s classic, Black Beauty. Heather Bohm Tallman had a dazzling black and white backdrop set up for her photo booth and guests got their photos snapped before heading upstairs for the cocktail hour. The silent auction room had a barn theme and hay bales piled up high (on loan from the Skidmore riding center) gave it a fun rustic feel as guests circulated, placing bids on their favorites. Items from Saratoga Polo Association, Piper Boutique, and even a live beta fish from Eddie’s Aquarium were all popular. Also up for silent auction were two gorgeous artist proofs from Saratoga favorite Frankie Flores, who also generously donated the artwork for the invitation as well. The two proofs of a black horse portrait, one in a gorgeous emerald green and one in a bold pink, both saw heavy bidding action throughout the event. Guests enjoyed an open bar courtesy of Prime at Saratoga National and sampled the evening’s signature drink, the Black Beauty, topped with a festive black and white striped straw with a horse themed flag.
Frankie and his wife Ann Marie were in attendance, as well as Honorary Committee Members Kate Veitch and husband Paul, Chelsea Silver and husband Josh, Allison Meyers and husband David, and Erika Gough and husband Matthew. Catherine Hover from Saratoga Paint and Sip was there with her husband Mark, and the Tattlers also bumped into Alex and Tina Frolish, Wendy Lawrence, Adam Powers, Fran Dingeman, Mike and Sharon O’Sullivan, Ray Bryan, Pat Cheney, Andy and Kathleen Fyfe, Sara and Bill Coleman, Justin Jordan and Cassandra Partyka and Rick Partyka. Bob Fitch was there with wife Mena, sporting a freshly shaven head from the St. Baldrick’s event earlier that day at Saratoga City Tavern, which raised money for childhood cancer research. David Martin, whose mother was one of the museum founders, was there as well with fiancee Shannon Fagan. Museum Board President Mike Mihaly was there with his lovely wife Jennifer, and he spoke to the Tattlers about the event and what it meant for the museum.
“I would like to say thank you to sponsors, silent auction donors and guests for making this party a success. This event means so much to the museum so we can update our exhibits and add new programs for our community.”
Angelo Mazzone and his exemplary staff at Prime always do an amazing job, and guests enjoyed grilled filet, broiled salmon and lemon chicken as they listened to Museum Director Michelle Smith speak about some of the museum’s programs. One of the programs she highlighted was the Making Connections Autism Program, a free monthly program designed just for kids on the autism spectrum and their families, where they can come and explore the museum in a safe setting. The program will be holding it’s third program this week and funds raised at the event will go toward supporting that, and other, valuable programs for children at the museum.
Founded in 1990 by community parents and educators, the Children’s Museum occupied donated space in the Downstreet Marketplace building on Broadway in Saratoga Springs before moving to their current location at 69 Caroline Street in November 2001. To pay for all the new exhibits and renovations at Caroline Street, the Board launched a multi-year capital campaign, raising more than $500,000 and has been holding successful fundraisers ever since to help support their programming. The Board of the museum is truly a hands on board, and at the event Board members Lauren Rose, Dan Fariello, Beth Braxton, Beth Gelber, Heather Hoke, Robert Lippmann, Martha MacGregor, Kelly MacNaughton, Jill Shapiro, Kathleen Schechner and Wesley Slyke all balanced enjoying themselves and pitching in to help out perfectly, helping the silent auction run smoothly. Former Board Vice President Tara Pleat was there with husband Andy and former Board President Adam McNeill was there with wife Jennifer.
The emcees for the evening were Walt Adams and his beautiful co-host from Star 101.3 The Jockey Heidi Kelly, and they did a fantastic job getting the crowd bidding for the live pledge opportunity, where guests could pledge dollar amounts specifically for certain programs or materials needed for the museum. A record amount was raised in just a few minutes, with guests pledging amounts from $25 all the way up to $500. Before dessert was served guests checked on their silent auction items one last time and bidding reached a fever pitch in the barn room as potential winners circled their coveted items.
Guests were delighted with the specialty dessert, a black velvet cake with an adorable horse shaped cookie, a perfect ending to a fabulous evening. The Tattlers own Jenny Witte was thrilled to be the Event Chair and was so excited with the support.
“We raised over $20,000 for the museum Saturday night and the amount of support we received from attendees, sponsors like Star 101.3, Lemery Greisler and the Saratogian, and businesses and individuals who donated silent auction items is truly a testament to how much the museum means to our community. The whole staff at Prime at Saratoga National did such an amazing job as always and it was the perfect venue for the black and white ball. The event keeps growing every year, and we are already looking forward to the 5th annual next year.”
The Tattlers will be donning our finest white (or will it be black? We aren’t sure yet) dresses for the Children’s Museum at Saratoga’s 4th Annual Birthday Bash at Prime at Saratoga National, which has a fabulous Black and White Ball theme inspired by the classic children’s book Black Beauty. The always gregarious Walt Adams from Star 101.3 will be the emcee, and guests will be able to get their photo snapped at the Photo Booth by Saratoga favorite Heather Bohm Tallman. Prime at Saratoga National has generously donated an Open Bar from 6:30 to 7:30 and there will be a signature Black Beauty cocktail ready for gala guests to sip on. One of the highlights of the evening will be the unveiling of a one of a kind silent auction item – a custom painting by the immensely talented Frankie Flores which he created just for the event. The silent auction will be fully stocked with items from Saratoga Polo Association, Piper Boutique, Reform Pilates and many many more. Guests will enjoy an elegant sit down dinner, and we all know Angelo Mazzone and his staff never disappoint. Tickets are still available for this Saturday, a great way to support our local Children’s Museum and an absolutely fabulous night out. You can purchase tickets by clicking right here, and the Tattlers will see you there!
The community and philanthropic leaders came together on Saturday night to celebrate the 30th Annual Capital Region Heart Ball. The Hall of Springs was festooned in red decorations, as guests arrived to support the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Right away we bumped into Dr. Neil Devejian, who was being honored with the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award for his work in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Dr Devejian was joined by the adorable 16-month-old Aedan Conway and his parents, Jennifer and Tim. Aedan has had two out of three scheduled surgeries to correct his hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and stole the spotlight all evening toddling through the crowd in his khaki pants and vest.
We also spotted Neil and Jane Golub, members of the Executive Leadership Team, Mrs. Golub looking stunning in a one shoulder red gown. As the attendees enjoyed the cocktail hour and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres from Mazzone Hospitality, we caught up with Barbara Hess, one of the American Heart Association Board of Directors. She shared with us why the night was so important, and spoke passionately about the cause saying, “I got involved with the American Heart Association because I know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country and it doesn’t get any more important than that”.
The passion of those in attendance was evident as the live auction got underway and LeGrande Serras auctioned off some fabulous items. Kevin O’Neill was lucky enough to win a week in Myrtle Beach, and Ome Usmani took home tickets to a Kenny Chesney Concert donated by Key Bank. Howard Carr had the highest bid on a stunning Indian rug from Jafri Oriental Carpet and Dr. Harry DePan won a day at the races, donated by the Nigro Companies. President and CEO of Albany Medical Center and Heart Ball Chairman, James J. Barba addressed the crowd and discussed the impact the funds raised throughout the evening had on our community. Also honored was R. Mark Sullivan, Ed. D., past president of The College of Saint Rose, who survived a stroke, primarily due to the medical research over the last 30 years. As the presentations concluded, Grand Central Station had guests on their feet, dancing the night away. We spotted Michelle Storm, looking stunning in a floor length black gown, as well as Jason and Beverly Frament, Cynthia LaFave, Paul Rappoli and Paul and Debra Wein. We also chatted with Meghan Dankanich, who was outfitted in an incredible black and nude cocktail dress, and spotted Patricia Fusco, Kelly Hudson, Meghan Craft and Maria Decker who will be chairing the upcoming Go Red for Women Luncheon. The night concluded with an unforgettable fireworks display, the perfect conclusion to this successful event.
Greenfield Elementary School has kicked off a $150,000 community-wide fundraising campaign to replace its historic playground and this past Saturday they held a vital fundraiser for the plan to bring the new playground to life. The “Villeroy,” a lovely, old estate home in the charming village of Greenfield Center just two miles from Saratoga Springs’ city limits was the setting for The Knights of Generous Hearts Gala. The“Villeroy,” was originally built as a summer retreat by George Villeroy Watson, in 1863. In 2003 it was sold to Captain and Mrs. Douglas K. Dupouy who graciously opened their home for the benefit. Saratoga favorites Jeff & Becky Walton entertained the crowd, which included Charlie Dake, Jessica Morris-Bruchac, Karen and Jeff Redick, Casey Cornell, Dr. Jamie Hawthorne, and many more Greenfield Playground Project supporters. Project supporter Tom Thibeault was very happy with the turnout. “It was great to see such overwhelming support for the playground. Many of our auction items went over the listed values, and it was also nice to see so many people in the community reconnect who had not seen each other in years!”
Guests sampled hors d’oeuvre and wine tastings from Saratoga’s finest wineries and restaurants and bid on auction items from Tarks Indoor Golf, Healthy Living Market, Saratoga Cycling Studio, Home Made Theater, Saratoga Automobile Museum, Berrylicious Bouquets, Redbud Development, Old Bryan Inn, Longfellows and more. The top auction was a trip to Ireland which netted $4,000 for the worthy cause. Karen Redick, Mary Yuhasz and Suzanne Hausam spearheaded the event and were helped tremendously by Michelle Blubaugh, Margaret Bushee and Shannon Kavanagh.
“The Knights of Generous Hearts Gala was a huge success. The Greenfield HSA wants to thank our many supporters that joined us to raise money for the Greenfield Playground Project despite the bad weather,” said event Co-Chair Karen Redick. “The Villeroy was packed with Greenfield parents and alumni, teachers, members of the Greenfield Center Business Association and some generous individuals from Ballston Spa and Clifton Park. The elegant music, food and drink were flowing and the Silent Auction was buzzing. Our sincerest thanks also go out to the many local businesses that so generously donated their products and services to the Auction. The Gala raised almost $20,000 that will go towards playground components. However, we are still in need of financial and material donations as well as volunteers to come help us with the community build anticipated for June 5-9. Please visit our site to sign up or donate.”
Last Tuesday night friends and supporters packed Boca Bistro on Broadway in Saratoga Springs for the first Mamas and the Tapas event to celebrate the launch of Mamatoga Magazine. Our very own Tattler, Jenny Witte, founder and publisher of Mamatoga was thrilled with the turn out. “I can’t express how much it means to me to see so many people turn out to celebrate Mamatoga. I am so in love with this community and that is what I want reflected in the magazine”, Jenny said. Ken and Jill Rotondo, Angela Beddoe, Dr. John Gerber, Lauren Humenik, Rachel and Tom Uccellini, Rebecca Beers, Ciara Austin, Jennifer Hennessy, Justin Jordan, Cassandra Partyka, Erika Gough, Chelsea Silver, Lois Celeste and more were in attendance, flipping through the new magazine and chatting with friends. Bill Gathen from DZ Restaurants had this to say about the event, “As a company we are always looking for new ways to support local businesses and local ingenuity. Mamatoga Magazine is a new and exciting local resource for parents and families and hosting ‘The Mamas & The Tapas’ magazine launch for the Mamatoga Spring Issue was a rewarding partnership. The supporters of the magazine who turned out were a gracious, ebullient, and energetic group and it is our hope to host future events for Mamatoga Magazine.”