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.”