Javier's was jumping Thursday night as Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga supporters and friends quenched their thirsts at the annual Sipping for Seniors event. Lizette Orozco helped kick off the event bringing in a big crowd of her Zumba goers from the Center eager to try her signature autumn themed cocktail which included St. Germain and whiskey and was a definite crowd pleaser.
Chrissy Goodness, Karen Ricci and Abraham Sultan jumped in to tend the bar as things really started picking up, and John Witt brought his own stash of supplies ready to make his signature margarita, always a popular choice. In the crowd we spotted Rick Partyka, Jennifer Hennessy, Leah Parillo, Lisa John, Claudia Boyle, Michael Finney of the newly opened Yoicks boutique on Beekman Street, Clark Brink, Lucretia Hommel, Kathleen Schechner, Michelle Madigan, Lisa and Tim Higgins, Mark Hogan and Rob Saba as well as Center Board members Tommy Uccellini, there with wife Rachel, and Brendan O'Hara, and Board secretary Angie Sultan, there to sip on non-alcoholic tipples as she is expecting baby number three, and just found out it is a girl!
Colleen Kelley was there snapping photos as the bartenders hustled for those tips, and guest bartenders Raymond Bryan, Becky Kendall, Margaret Valentine and John Burke took over to handle the growing crowd. New bartender this year, the fabulous Hot Yoga Saratoga yogini Cindy Lunsford was there making the most of her endless energy supply, and Saratoga Racetrack legend Tom Durkin was a very popular drink mixer as well as John Angelos, the Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles.
Lois Celeste, the Adult and Senior Center Executive Director, was also on hand to shake a few cocktails and help the event run smoothly, and we caught up with her afterward to chat about Sipping for Seniors, which appears to be growing in popularity every year. Not just a fun night out trying to stump the celebrity bartender with a tricky drink, this event raises much needed funds which go directly to the Center.
"Thanks to Javier's and the generosity of our bartenders, friends, families and the community we were able to raise over $2400 for senior center programs that are vital to the health and well being of our seniors," said Lois.