Were you at the inaugural Red, White and Blue party for the American Cancer Society? Contributor Lindsey was, check out her recap below!
Every heart rang true for the Red, White & Blue party for the American Cancer Society on Friday, June 24th. Guests donned their patriotic attire and headed over to Saratoga National Golf Course for this first time event honoring Hero of Hope Winner Nick Colaneri. Officer Colaneri of Hoosick Falls, who after battling Hogkin's Lynphoma was declared cancer free last December and became a Troy, NY police officer.
His pint sized benefactor, Caidyn Mahan, was also in attendance at the event. Caidyn, 5 years old at the time, heard about Nick's story set up a lemonade stand in her Delmar Neighborhood that helped to raise $4,000 for his medical bills. Guests had a chance to try some for themselves, making their first stop at Caidyn's lemonade stand to get one of the signature cocktail; the Saratoga Courage, a refreshing mix of Pick Six vodka, lemonade and ginger ale served in mason jars, or Caidyn's classic non-alcoholic pink lemonade.
Once inside the tent guests stopped over to the auction table to see what fantastic items they would take home at the end of the night, perhaps aLake George getaway including a brunch cruise of the lake, an overnight stay, ormaybe a VIP day at the Saratoga Race Track; with a tour of the jockey room by John Velezquez and box seats for 4, truly grabbed racing enthusiasts interest. If guests looked up they would see the ceiling covered withawesome"shining stars," sponsors who made the whole event possible, includingSaratoga Living, Prime, Fingerpaint, Spin My Ad, and DeCresente Distributing.
As usual Mazzone Catering made mouths water with their gourmet buffet style BBQ, which might just make you reevaluate your next pool party menu. Crab cake sliders, a caprese salad bar, pulled pork, steamed clams and prime rib made waiting in line so worth it. After finishing second helpings, attendees could test their patience with the XL Jenga set or shake their groove thing to Body and Soul, who made even the most hesitant dancer want to get out on the floor.
ACS put the fun in fundraising with their toss a ring around the wine bottle, or if you were feeling lucky, purchasing a key with the opportunity to have the special one unlocking gift cards galore. Of course, to remember the important cause for evening, flags could also be purchased in honor of someone you know who has been impacted by cancer.
The event, thanks to the help of ACS staff member Lizzie Hunter of Distinguished Events, Marlee McWain and Becky Kendall of the Executive Committee, the night raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society to help others like Nick Colaneri. On the success of the first annual party Marlee said "This was my first time working with the American Cancer Society and I couldn't be more thrilled that I was able to help. We had such a great planning committee working on the event and it turned out even better than we could have imagined! Officer Colaneri's strength during his battle with cancer was very inspiring and we were so happy to honor him with the Hero of Hope award. I'm sure many people are already looking forward to next year's Red, White & Blue Party!"
Once the sun set the fire pits became the new "hot spot." Seats filled up fast once the make your own s'more fixins' were spotted. These melty treats were the obvious dessert of choice for any BBQ, and while roasting, guests got a front row seat to the fireworks show by presenting sponsor Iannello Anderson PC. The Reserve on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs hosted the after party with Pick Six Vodka for those who were not ready to head home quite yet. The evening was filled with stars and bars of all sorts and surely will be a must attend for the second annual party!