Saturday evening the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club served as the perfect backdrop for the Black and White Affair – Gatsby Style to benefit The Wesley Foundation with Presenting Sponsor The Adirondack Trust Company. Guests were welcomed at the door with a classic car from the Saratoga Automobile Museum parked out front that looked like it could have driven Scott and Zelda to the party, and inside the club Fine Affairs transformed the space with classic black and white chic with their own signature flair. Huge white feather plumes sat atop the tables and bold black and white striped chair covers gave the feel of a grand twenties ballroom.
Inside the party was certainly roaring, with a sold out crowd including most guests sporting something with a sartorial nod to the 1920s theme. We saw boater hats and spats, lots of long strands of pears and feathered headpieces, flapper dresses galore and plenty of gentlemen in black tie. Everyone was there to raise funds to support The Wesley Community’s Springs building renovation, and it didn't take long for the party to get into full swing.
Spotted in the crowd we saw Sonny and Julie Bonacio, Senator Kathy Marchione, John and A.C. Riley, Cathy Masie, Steve and Carolyn von Schenk, Angelo and Kate Calbone, Assemblymember Carrie Woerner, Mary Lou & Charlie Wheeler, Kathleen & Brian Fredette, Kate and Mike Naughton, Jim and Karen Carminucci, Jeff and Susan Halstead, Tim and Heather Mabee, Tom and Kristie Roohan, John Herrick, Ken and Cherie Grey as well as Event Committee members Winnie Baden, Alicia Butler, Melissa D'Andrea, Geriann Eddy, Judy LeCain, Charlotte Mosso and Kimberlee Williams and Event Committee Co-Chairs Joanne Kirkpatrick and Timothy Busch.
Chef John Ireland outdid himself with the food, and guests mingled from the club dining room to the tents outside, stopping in between for a sweet treat from Ben and Jerry's and to get their photos taken by TapSnap featuring fun vintage backdrops. The rain did nothing to put a damper on the party as Funk Evolution got the crowd dancing and MC Walt Adams from 101.3 The Jockey was as smooth as always.
Major Sponsors of the evening included Angerame Architects, P.C., AOW Associates, Inc., Marshall and Sterling Insurance, Fine Affairs, The Fort Miller Group, The Saratogian, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Ray Martin / Crescent Hill Partners LLC and more than $75,000 was raised for renovations to the Springs building on The Wesley Community campus.
We chatted with Greg Dixon, Executive Director of The Wesley Foundation about the successful event, who said, "We were delighted with the results of this celebration of the mission of The Wesley Community. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who attended for helping to make a difference in the lives of our community's seniors."