Saratogians headed to Saratoga National on Friday night, for a new twist on an annual party. The Saratoga Regional YMCA has always concluded their Annual Scholarship Campaigns with a celebration, but this year took it up a notch and it showed. Spirits were high as Prime filled up with guests, with over 200 people arriving to celebrate the YMCA, its impact and significance in our community. Event Co-Chairs Alysa Arnold and Jennifer Perry were wonderful hosts for the evening, graciously greeting all of their guests on the way in, and both looking gorgeous in fitted black cocktail dresses.
As wine glasses were filled, guests munched on classic Prime hors oeuvres and flocked to the very popular Smile Lounge Photo Booth New York for pictures with whimsical props and friends.
‘Mission 416’ logos were seen throughout the room, along with #Areyouin, which were references to the Annual Scholarship Campaign’s goal of raising enough money to fund 416 scholarships. The scholarships will provide access to programs and membership for families and individuals throughout our community. YMCA CEO Jim Letts took the stage to address the crowd, joking that he promised his Co-chairs he would stick to what was on his note cards in his introduction. Jim was joined by Alysa and Jen and they thanked everyone in attendance for their support and spoke of the YMCA as always having a place for everyone. Listening attentively in the crowd were Jay Arnold and Kyle Perry, Bill and Susan Dake, Gary Dake and Aimee Taylor, Mike and Linda Toohey and Colleen and Skip Carlson.
The Garland Nelson Ensemble then took over the microphones and had the dance floor full while on the other side of the room, the silent auction tables were busy with happy bidders.
Stephanie and Dave Collins, Val Collins, Heath and Jeff Ames, Marcus and Julie Fuller, Caroline and Stowe Burke, Michael Casey, Lauren Rose and Lynn Pohl were all spotted enjoying the evening, along with Heather and Brian Straughter who were practically just off the plane from a vacation in Barcelona. Some of the lucky auction winners included Ryan Connors and Chuck Meagher, who each took home a private cigar tasting from James and Sons Tobaconists, Ryen VanHall who won a 4 course dinner paired with wine at Augie’s Family Restaurant and Samantha Myer who will enjoy an introductory package at Reform: A True Pilates Studio.
Kristin Drabek will be headed north for her stay at the High Peaks Resort and Linda Nizolek will be headed south after winning a week-long stay in Fort Meyers, Florida. Whether it was dancing to Garland, bidding on auction items or making pledges the enthusiastic support for the YMCA all evening was palpable. Jim Letts was thrilled to report the party was attended by 230 people and netted $50,000 for the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Director of Development Susan Rhoades described the evening as “Flawless.. we can’t wait to do it again next year!’. A tip of the hat to the evening’s organizers for giving Saratogians the opportunity to come out, have fun and support an organization that means so much to our city.
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