UPH’s 4th Annual Shaken and Stirred returned to the veranda at Saratoga National on May 19th and introduced a team bartending concept that had huge community participation with the regions best and brightest business people coming out to Shake and Stir it for a great cause. The evening was made possible by presenting sponsor Ianniello Anderson P.C. , sponsors Old Saratoga Restoration, Brendan Flanigan Design, Spin My Ad, Tito's Vodka, Prime at Saratoga National and a stellar event committee including Brendan Flanigan, Kenny Goodwin, Jr., Todd LaRoche, Mary Beth McGarrahan, Andrew Meader, Katie Nemer and Judy Soukup.
Guests arrived to find a slew of notable Saratogians behind the bar, mixing up drinks and competing for tips, all to benefit Universal Preservation Hall. With open air dancing and a beautiful evening, DJ Trumastr returned for his second year spinning awesome mixes and beats. Lisa Miller of Studio di Luce captured the “buzz” of the crowd in hundreds of candid shots and auctioneer and UPH Board Member Andrew Meader led a Live Auction of memorable experiences, including a once in a lifetime Race Car Driving Package with David Zecchini of DZ Restaurants.
Attendees nibbled on food from Prime and sipped their drinks as teams from Julie & Co Realty took the Gold Shaker award for the most tips raised behind the bar, with Bonacio Construction coming in second, and Spin My Ad winning the Bronze Shaker in third place. Teams from Fingerpaint, Global Foundries, The Saratoga Social, & Lifestyles brought their A-game to serve nearly 400 attendees--with matching team garb-- from logo tees for Fingerpaint to white chip fabrication suits for the Bartenders from Globalfoundries—tipworthy to say the least! From the coordinated dress to the smiles, energy and service, the Celeb Bartenders made the night memorable for all in attendance. New and returning Celeb Bartenders competed in the team concept as Team Cameo, including Lisa Boyle, Brendan Dillon, Chrissy Goodness, Elizabeth Macy, Noel McLaren, Ryen Van Hall, Mayor Joanne Yepsen and John Witt.
The evening’s signature cocktail ‘The Steepletini’ returned with a smash, created by award winning mixologist Jillian Vose joining us from her post at The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in lower Manhattan, winner of Best Bar in the World, the industry’s highest honor. Thanks to Tito’s Vodka & Prime at Saratoga National, UPH benefitted from nearly all of the proceeds from Steepletinis, and they were a huge hit with over 125 sold (check The Saratoga Social’s website for the recipe to mix one up at home). Spotted in the huge crowd supporting UPH were Eric Snell, Beth Smith, Joanne Wheelock, Brett Balzer, Ardie and Dan Russell, Wally and Sue Allerdice, Corey Aldrich, Melissa Zieker, Samantha Bosshart and Tony Ianniello
We caught up with Teddy Foster after the event who told us “UPH is thrilled with the results of the 2016 Shaken & Stirred Celebrity Bartender Party at Saratoga National Golf Course! Over 400 people came to show their support for UPH and they generously filled the tips jars! Thanks to their generosity we raised an event record of $16,000! Thanks a million to all who attended and we’re very grateful to Brendan Flanigan and all our committee members for a job well-done!”. Event Chairperson Brendan Flanigan chimed in saying, “I think of Shaken & Stirred as the official start to the Saratoga Summer Benefit Season. Every year at this time you’re ready for a night of open air fun, a week before Memorial Day when you can break out your summer attire and spirit of fun that Saratoga has become synonymous with. We are thrilled for the success of the event and look forward to growing it for years to come. Familiar faces for a great cause coming together for the benefit of UPH is what saved her and is keeping her proudly moving forward into the future.