Saratogians were lined up outside the Canfied Casino on Wednesday, May 6 for the May Day Spring Fling, eagerly waiting for the doors to open and the festivities to begin, showing their support for The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council. The beautiful spring weather was a perfect backdrop for the evening which is now in it’s 26th year and the Casino looked gorgeous, full of flowers, delicious food and auction items ready to be bid on. Several guests snatched up the specialty cocktail for the night, a “Munter Sparkler’ which was a yummy mix of champagne with a splash of St Germaine, a perfect drink for the warm night. Event Chair Stephanie Collins was at the door greeting guests, looking gorgeous in an ivory and floral THEIA cocktail dress from Saratoga Trunk and we spotted several of her committee members and volunteers nearby enjoying the results of all their effort.
The silent auction was packed with a huge array of goodies to bid on & looked beautiful thanks to Stephanie Zurlo who did a magnificent job decorating and guests responded with bid sheets filling up quickly. Mingling in the crowd were committee members Samoria Zurlo, Yvonne Sinnamon, Bonnie Unser and Dottie Sellers as well as Jeff and Heath Ames, David and Allison Meyers, Greg Dixon, John Safford and Angelo and Kate Calbone.
Also inside the silent auction area was a ‘Fund-A-Need’’ table that gave guests an opportunity to donate to EOC’s pantry by purchasing a bag of toiletries, baby supplies or cleaning supplies, a terrific way to connect guests with EOC’s mission. Also spotted in the crowd were Guy and Helen Mastrion, Jen and Kyle Perry, Bob and Cathy Allen, Michele and Ron Riggi, Cara Milde and Andi Lodico, placing final bids before the ballroom opened for dinner and the live auction.
The program for the evening was a welcome reminder of the multitude of ways in which EOC serves our community, through their emergency food programs, weatherization assistance, Head Start Program and Latino Advocacy services. The commitment to supporting the SCEOC was evident throughout the evening, especially during the call to support the ‘Fund-In-Need’ which was answered by guests like Josie Pasciullo, Karen Collins Fred and Sheila Bailey, Mike and Lisa Munter and Ralph Pascucci.
Chris Ward of Bid for your Benefit did a terrific job as the evening’s auctioneer and items were well bid on, including a ‘His, Hers and Ours’ package which included a day at the Sagamore, a night at the Gideon Putnam and shopping at Saratoga, Trunk taken home by Dave and Stephanie Collins and a beautiful porcelain bottle sculpted by Skidmore Art Professor Regis Brodie and won by Gary Dake. Hat’s off to all of the night’s organizers who brought a wonderful energy to this year’s May Day as well as several new faces and raised an impressive $80,000. We caught up with Stephanie Collins who was thrilled with the outcome, telling us “I was excited to have such a lively and supportive crowd join us that night. You could certainly feel the generosity in the room! The event raised over $80,000 and by purchasing care packages, guests were able to donate over 35 bags of personal, cleaning and baby products to EOC food pantry. Many thanks to all who gave their time and energy to support such a significant local organization. I am looking forward to the 27th Annual May Day Spring Fling next year!”.