Corks, Forks and Brews to benefit Saratoga Center for the Family

photo courtesy of Heather Bohm Tallman

photo courtesy of Heather Bohm Tallman

Corks, Forks and Brews packed the house at Prime at Saratoga National on November 14th in support of the Saratoga Center for the Family. It was a sold out event honoring Sonny and Julie Bonacio, and spirits were high with live music from Bad Medicine and wine tasting, food pairings, beer sampling and more.

Spotted in the crowd was event co-chair C.J. DeCrescente from event title sponsor DeCrescente Distributing Company who attended the event with his wife MaryBeth and three of his children: Jessica, Matt, and C.J. III, there with wife Brianna; and event co-chair Nicole Pitaniello from Fingerpaint. Also attending were Jane and Neil Golub, Michele and Ron Riggi, Patty and Vince Riggi, Neal Estano and Marcie Fraser, John and Suzanne Franck, Denise and John James, Walt Adams and Fran Dingeman from 101.3 The Jockey, Rick Partyka, Ashley Dingeman, Dan and Val Collins, Kimberly Ada, and Jeffrey Russell.

The planning committee, including Erica Dingeman of Social Radiant, Kate Otis from BlueShield of NENY, Erik Budrakey from DeCrescente Distributing Company, Ellen Brodie from M&T Bank, and Leah Slocum from Realty USA really outdid themselves and guests had their choice of samples to try while they chatted with friends. Heather Bohm Tallman’s photo booth was a popular spot as guests had a lot of laughs posing for snaps with her fun props.

When Saratoga Center for the Family first moved into their building over 10 years ago, Bonacio Construction did the renovations. On the night of the fire this past May, Sonny Bonacio was one of the first people that Deborah Tomaso, Executive Director of the Center called, because she knew that she wanted him to do the rebuild. She was worried that he wouldn’t be able to fit the Center’s rebuild in with such short notice given how busy he is, but when Deb called Sonny to ask him, he simply responded with “Whatever you need, consider it done”.

Sonny put the Center’s rebuild right into the mix and made the whole renovation process as easy as possible, making the Center a priority and did an incredible job getting them back into the facility as quickly as possible.

Guests took a break from the corks and forks for a minute to listen to Deborah Tomaso thank Sonny Bonacio for taking a personal interest in helping the Center rebuild. After she finished her speech, Sonny took the mic saying “My mom taught me two important things; first never cook bacon naked and second, never take credit for something that was already deserving of your effort” to much laughter and applause from the crowd.

Deborah Tomaso was thrilled with how the event turned out. “It was an overwhelming evening. To think this is our inaugural year, having so much support is really something special. To top it off, we got to properly thank Sonny. It was the perfect closure to a challenging 6 months and just another reminder of how special our community is”.




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