On Thursday, October 17th friends and supporters gathered for Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift University at Longfellows. At this unique academic inspired event guests got nostalgic about their college days where they could register for “classes” with talented local professionals, who will act as “professors” by donating their time to teach a class.
Attendees who signed up for classes paid the “registration fee”, but instead of paying the “professor”, all proceeds went to benefit Project Lift, a free after-school Prevention Program from Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs for youth in Grades 1-5.
Spotted at the event were Aimee Taylor and Gary Dake, Geyser Road school principal Kristy Moore, Dave and Stephanie Collins, Maria and Lauren Rose Dailey, Courtney Bissell, Betsy Boland, Ashley Terwilliger, Stephen Carleton, Saratoga Springs City School District Superintendent Mike Piccirillo, Franklin Community Center Board President Brian Corcoran, Ann Sullivan, Christopher Cook, Andrew Ferrara, Bob McTague, and Cathy London.
The Longfellows menu was extensive with sliced BBQ brisket, cilantro balsamic coleslaw, goat cheese and caramelized onion pizza, ginger garlic and lemon chicken satay, mini reese’s pieces mousse parfait, and mini strawberry shortcakes as just some of the highlights of the delicious spread.
Bid for Your Benefit ran the live auction and a big winner of the evening was a Hatties Backyard BBQ purchased by Dave and Stephanie Collins. A week long vacation at Clay Brook at Sugarbush was another crowd-pleaser!
Also seen at the event were Bob and Mary Grace Manz, Zack and Kristin Manz, EJ Harkins, Kristen Mann, Liz O’Brien, John and Cindy Munter, Mike and Lisa Munter, Bill Noonan, Jen Marcellus, Bill and Timoney Montgomery, Franklin Community Center Board Vice President Karen D’Andrea and husband Faust, and Tina Davis, the principal of Greenfield School.
Overall the event was a great success, growing in size this year and raising about 35K for Project Lift.