On Thursday night Franklin Community Center supporters gathered at Longfellow's to help celebrate Project Lift University, an annual benefit to raise funds for FCC's Project Lift Program. In the always inviting space at Longfellow's guests mingled and chatted as they circled a fondue feast perfect for fall under the trees and twinkling lights.
Franklin Community Center's Project Lift, a free after school prevention program has been operating in the Saratoga Springs City School District serving youth in grades one through five for 30 years. The comprehensive program places emphasis on positive youth development, raising self-esteem, and the development of refusal, decision-making, problem solving and communication skills. Kids are offered structured, goal oriented, team building activities that focus on independence, cooperation and responsibility.
One of the highlights of the evening was the guest speaker, Diane Bennett, who gave a moving speech about her daughter's positive experience in the Project Lift Program. She told guests about the important role the program played in her daughter's life and how her daughter plans on returning to the program as a volunteer once she is old enough. We chatted with Diane about the program, who said, "I truly enjoyed attending Project Lift University on Thursday, I am very honored to have been asked to speak at the event on behalf of parents of children who have been a part of Project Lift. Project Lift is a great program that truly enriches the lives of so many children in our community."
Up next was the live auction, which was mission based designed to raise funds for Holiday Assistance for a Project Lift child or their entire family. Guests raised hands and raised the bar to help provide local kids and families with a brighter holiday this season.
A silent auction also drew guests to bid big, with items like a 2 Night Stay at the Whiteface Lodge, a wine pairing with a multiple course dinner for 6 from Lily and the Rose and a 2 Night Stay with 2 lift tickets to Clay Brook at Sugarbush. Goodies from Healthy Living Market and Cafe, Adirondack Winery, Saratoga Olive Oil, 9 Miles East and Complexions Spa were hot items as well.
Mingling and chatting with friends we spotted Beverly Tracy, there with son TJ who is gearing up for his own fundraiser, the 2nd Annual Eat and Feed Turkey Dinner at The Brook Tavern with 50% of dinner proceeds donated to his organization TJ's Turkeys which is taking place on October 27th. Anne Palamountain was also in attendance, as well as Colleen and Skip Carlson, Bo Goliber, Cindy and Lisa Munter and Mark Moreau.