Last week a friend of ours likened trying to find a ticket to the sold out SPAC Winter Ball to getting Dave Matthews tickets in July and we can't say we were surprised to hear it, because the SPAC Junior Committee throws a darn good party! Hundreds of people poured into the Hall of Springs on Saturday night to support and celebrate our Performing Arts Center and a word to the wise, don't bother showing up if you're not coming in theme, because this crowd dresses to impress.
The Junior Committee hit it out of the ballpark with a Black and Gold Masked Ball, gentlemen wore tuxes and the ladies arrived in everything from chic cocktail dresses to full length gowns. Guests arrived with beautiful bejeweled masks that sparkled and added a perfect note of glamour to the already elegant atmosphere. SPAC Junior Committee President Erika Browne and event Co-Chairs Samantha Kercull and Caitlin Goetz were greeting attendees on their way into the ballroom and did a fabulous job decorating the Hall of Springs, with tables swathed in gold and black, topped with beautiful flower arrangements by Samantha Nass Floral Design.
Guests were given complimentary champagne on their way in and met with the music of Funk Evolution who kept the party going all evening. Spotted in the crowd were several members of the junior committee, including Heather Varney, Ryen VanHall, Charlie Wait, Klare Ingram and Yvonne McEachron with her husband Seth and brother Austin Evans. Also showing their support were Mayor Joanne Yepsen, MaryAnn Dutcher, Carol Godette, Desiree Farley, Nick Cook, Ashley Freeman, Kate and Drew Jarosh, Jeff Vukelic, Kenny Goodwin, Jr., Lyndsey Lowe and Gretchen Tisch.
Guests flocked to the always popular Heather Bohm-Tallman Photo Booth, had their futures read with Mary Shrimp Tarot Card Readings and had their caricatures drawn by Rich Conley. Food from Mazzone catering was gobbled up and almost everyone tried their luck buying raffle tickets for several fantastic prizes, including three coveted 'golden raffle' prizes. The first prize was won by a very happy Anthony Maney who will enjoy a stay at a luxury home on the Whiteface Club and Resort grounds generously donated by Scott Solomon, lift tickets to Whiteface Mountain, tickets to the Bobsled or Skeleton Ride at the Olympic Sports Complex donated by Saratoga Eagle and dinner and a couples massage at the Mirror Lake Inn. The second prize was two West Mountain Season lift passes, valid through 2017, donated by Sara Montgomery and West Mountain won by Dave Rogers and the third prize was a delicious 5-course meal for 8 at Druthers' Saratoga location, prepared by their executive chef and paired with Druthers' handcrafted beer which will be enjoyed by Kyle McGovern. Erika Browne was delighted to report the evening raised record funds for SPAC in it's 50th Anniversary year, raising over $50,000. For our full photo gallery, CLICK HERE!