Check out our recap of the May Day Spring Fling below, and for a full photo gallery, click right here!
On Wednesday, May 4th the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council celebrated its 27th Annual May Day Spring Fling. The wet weather did little to dampen spirits and nearly 200 people arrived at the Canfield Casino, including Honorary Chairperson A.C. Riley, to raise money and support the mission of the Saratoga EOC. Guests were greeted by VIP bartenders like Mike Munter, Dave Collins and Michael Finocchi, ready to pour them a drink on their way into the party, which was catered by the endlessly generous Longfellows Restaurant.
The event committee of Stephanie Collins, Jennifer Hennessy, Gayle Rotheim, JoAnn Zales, Kate Edwards, Gina Peca and Yvonne Sinnamon did a fabulous job executing the Spring Fling and guests chatted and sipped drinks, while perusing the dozens of silent auction items. Executive Director Anita Paley also greeted guests as people enjoyed the music of J. Yager while placing bids. Spotted in the crowd were Bob and Mary Grace Manz, Cindy and John Munter, Angelo and Kate Calbone, Aimee Taylor and Gary Dake, Devin Sherin and Zack Manz, Jen Perry and Margot Hens.
The Saratoga EOC was also delighted to use the event as a way to launch their newest endeavor, a traveling food pantry, which will be able reach people in areas who are in need of food, but might not have been able to seek out the pantry. In one corner of the reception area in the Casino, there was a large display where guests could purchase bags of food, toiletries or baby items and help fill up the mobile food pantry so it can start to move across the county, to some of the most vulnerable areas where people are in need. As guests entered the ballroom, they helped themselves to a delicious buffet from Longfellows and sat for dinner, as Chris Ward from Bid for your Benefit lead the crowd in an energetic live auction.
The first item was actually presented by a group of handsome firefighters from the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, who were offering a one of a kind experience, a tour and breakfast at the firehouse. Presented by Mark Bellantoni, the item was a crowd favorite and quickly raised almost $1000 with some heated bidding, before being won by Stephanie and Dave Collins. Also up for grabs in the auction was another crowd pleaser, a cocktail party for 20 catered by Airstream Catering which was won by Matt Hennessy, an overnight and behind the scenes tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, taken home by Carolee A De Blaere and a downtown parking spot for a year which will be enjoyed by Bob Manz.
Jeff Methven was also happy to be the winner of an ice cream ‘dine around’ and Gary Dake will be bringing home a round of golf at Saratoga National and overnight at Longfellow’s. Organizers will delighted with the outcome of this year’s Spring Fling and were eager to report the evening netted over $70,000 for the Saratoga County EOC.