Over 275 people joined the Saratoga Builder’s Association in celebrating their Awards Dinner and Showcase of Homes tour last Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Now in its 19th year, the Showcase of Homes and Builder’s Association have raised over $825,000 to support local charities, including this year’s recipients Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity. The awards dinner is always a popular night as organizers consistently come up with fun, engaging themes and keep the atmosphere upbeat and entertaining. This year was no exception as guests were treated to a ‘Rat Pack’ themed evening. Attendees were serenaded by keyboardist Bobby Zampino as they walked into Vapor nightclub, which was packed with members of the Builder’s Associations, their friends and supporters. Sonny and Julie Bonacio and Tom and Kristie Roohan were spotted chatting at the bar, while guests went upstairs to fill their plates from the lengthy buffet stocked with pastas, shrimp and carving stations. “Let’s get ready to Rumble” came on over the speakers filling the room as Executive Director Barry Potoker took the stage to kick off the evening. Barry was dressed to the nines in a classic tuxedo and pocket square and emceed with his trademark charisma.
With all of the evening’s revelry, the mission of the Builder’s Association and the Showcase was not lost however, as Barry introduced speaker Amy Brimmer to the audience. Amy beautifully shared her family’s story and how Rebuilding Together Saratoga County had touched their lives. She and her husband Tim had been raising a family in Saratoga when Tim received a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis that changed their lives. They were confronted with staggering medical bills and a home that wasn’t conducive to Tim’s condition, which is when they received the support of Rebuilding Together who helped transform their home, modifying it to be handicap accessible. Amy’s story was a wonderful reminder of the impact that the two recipients of this year’s Showcase of Homes have in our community and the importance of the evening. Barry then shifted gears, inviting “everybody to The Copa with me”, while pretending to enjoy a cigarette and enormous oversized martini and introduced Frank, Dean and Sammy of The New York Rat Pack. They sang and played for the crowd and even brought up their friend Marilyn Monroe for a few numbers. Marilyn quite memorably pulled builder John Witt out of the audience and brought him on stage and proceeded to remove a few articles of his clothing while singing ‘I want to be loved by you..”. As the New York Rat Pack concluded their great set, the audience’s attention was turned to the Award’s announcement. The highly coveted Realtor Awards this year went to VanVeghten Construction for their executive home, Classic Homes for their classic home, Witt Construction for their luxury home and Bonacio Construction for their apartment. Also honored on Thursday were Randall Perry with Curis Lumber, Saratoga National and Homestead Funding for their continued sponsorship and support of the Showcase of Homes.