We had a BUSY week last week and we've got so many awesome party photos to share with you today. Megan Mumford was back at it again on Saturday night snapping pictures of the Wesley Foundation Gala with contributor Trina Lucas who was reporting on all the '70's style action. Check out Megan's photos and Trina's Party Recap right here!
A Groovy Kind of Gala
Those entering the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club on Saturday night found themselves in a time warp as the Wesley Foundation celebrated its annual gala with true ‘70s Style. Honorary Chairs Michael and Marlene Okby warmly welcomed each guest under the front portico. Nearby, Foundation Executive Director Greg Dixon, dapper in his powder blue suit, thanked sponsors arriving for the festivities.
Inside, a rainbow of color awaited the 300 attendees, many brightly attired themselves. Flower power popped from the walls and TV Guide covers had everyone waxing nostalgic for the familiar faces of Laverne & Shirley, The Partridge Family, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Movie posters brought back those swimming fears that followed Jaws, the original force of Star Wars and coming of age with American Graffiti.
The crowd flowed onto the back patio and into the party tent where more color swirled in the reflection of disco balls, spinning from above and on the dinner tables. The team at Fine Affairs had created a scene fit for the best Solid Gold dancers! With “Abba” playing in the background, Jackie and Ray Geisel, Kathy Byrnes and Gina Mergel caught up near the silent auction. Committee members Lorrie Shilling, Judy LeCain and Geriann Eddy were there too, with Judy’s daughter, Sara, Kate Muller and MaryLou Wheeler, who was sporting some very hip bell-bottom jeans.
The morning’s graduation ceremonies behind him, Skidmore President Philip Glotzbach relaxed with his wife, Marie, while Colleen and Scott Stevens chatted with friends Darlene and Jeff Cohn. As the tent filled, it became increasingly clear that people had truly embraced the theme while dressing. Dark sunglasses, faux mustaches and go-go boots were accessories of choice. Looking so neato were Christopher Waitkus and Gwendolyn Bluemich, Matthew DiCarlo, Victoria Nieto, Jeff and Susan Halstead, Kate Sparano, Peggy Murphy, Tammy Phair, Jaime Erickson, Helen Mastrion and Alisa Dalton. Jane Golub sparkled in silver, arriving with her husband Neil, as did Candace Petruzzo. John Rogan, Lisa Sondhof and Erin Shooshan even donned wigs to complete their head-to-toe looks.
After cocktails and auction shopping, it was time to enjoy the delicious fare prepared by Chef John Ireland. His culinary talent never disappoints and this was no exception. Dominic and Leanne Rigosu, Kate and Mike Naughton, and Diane and John Fowler were just a few of those spotted at the dinner stations. For those who cleaned their plates, a Ben & Jerry’s sundae bar set-up promised cool desserts.
Seventies background music already had spirits high, so the party exploded when The Refrigerators took the stage, offering live entertainment as only they can. The night was still young, but it took very little coaxing for dancers to get their groove on!
From the tunes to the psychedelic photo booth to the candy bar featuring classics like Fireballs, Smarties, Sixlets and Razzles, the night inspired genuine fun with an infusion of all things ‘70s. Other partygoers that can attest to that include Rich and Mary Ferguson, Skip and Colleen Carlson, Barry Potoker, Tom and Kristie Roohan, Annie Krasnicki, Andrew and Kate Jarosh, Mark Baker and Cindy Hollowood.
Stepping back 40 years also proved very successful for the Wesley Foundation and committee chairs Tim Busch and Joanne Kirkpatrick. Thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor, The Adirondack Trust Company, and lead donors like AOW Associates, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Crescent Hill Partners, Ray Martin, Fort Miller Group, Saratoga Casino Hotel and The Saratogian, the event net over $83,000 to support therenovation project at The Wesley Community’s Springs building.