Fire and Ice Gala


For ticket information, please call 518-694-5108
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street | Albany, NY 12207

6:30 p.m. to midnight
Formal program beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Black or red tie optional
Exclusive After Party hosted by dp An American Brasserie

About The Event

On Saturday, February 3, 2018 join your local American Red Cross for our biggest and best event of the year - the 20th Annual Fire + Ice Gala!

This year we return to the Albany Capital Center to celebrate our Platinum Anniversary. With gourmet cuisine and open bar courtesy of Mazzone Hospitality, live music from the New York Players, exciting live and silent auctions and much more. It's an evening you won't want to miss!

The American Red Cross provides help and hope across the Capital Region 365 days a year. Whether responding to home fires, preparing for ice storms, supporting local veterans, or collecting lifesaving blood, the Red Cross is there when it's needed most. Join us for the 2018 Fire + Ice Gala, and supporting the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross in your community.

Join Us!

A block of rooms for guests of the 2018 Fire + Ice Gala has been reserved at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. To book, call (888) 236-2427 or click here to make a reservation online before January 15, 2018.

A block of rooms has also been reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown. To book, call (518) 432-7000 and mention the group code CHXC09 before January 4, 2018.

To learn more about 2018 Fire + Ice sponsorship opportunities, contact Kaitlyn Van Dyke at (518) 694-5108.

We are grateful to our Ready 365 Giving Program Partners and to these Fire + Ice Event sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor:
CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Gold Sponsors:
Price Chopper/Market 32
Tri City Rentals

Silver Sponsors:
Ballston Spa National Bank
Marcia White Consulting LLC.
M&T Bank
Times Union

Bronze Sponsors:
CBRE-Albany Property Management
Fenimore Asset Management & FAM Funds
FirstLight Fiber
GreyCastle Security
Lia Group
Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
The University at Albany Foundation

Paula Stopera

Paula Stopera joined CAP COM Federal Credit Union in 1980 and was promoted through the organization to her current position of President/CEO in 2004. Paula also holds the position of Treasurer on the CAP COM FCU Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Managers of The CAP COM Group (subsidiaries of CAP COM Federal Credit Union).

With a passion for assisting those in need, by partnering with community organizations, Paula was instrumental in creating The CAP COM Cares Foundation whose purpose is to nurture our community by supporting community health and wellness, financial literacy and education, as well as children and underprivileged families. Since its inception in 2003, the CAP COM Cares Foundation has provided over $3.5 million dollars to organizations who are making a difference in the Capital Region.

Paula currently serves as a Board Member and Incoming Chair for the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. Paula was a recipient of the Chamber’s Women of Excellence Awards as well as the 2011 recipient of their Arthur Kapner Spirit Award. Paula is also a past recipient of The “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award – Corporation” from Girls, Inc. as well as the Hudson Valley Community College Otto V. Guenther Career Achievement Award. Most recently she was awarded the YMCA’s President’s Award, as well as the Mary E. Brizzell Building a Senior Community Award. In addition, she was selected as Professional of the Year by The Credit Union Association of New York and began a term in October, 2017 to the Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Marcia J. White

Marcia J. White assumed the position of President and Executive Director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in March of 2005. With a strong leadership style developed during 20 years as a top-level political advisor and public relations strategist in the New York State Legislature, Ms. White ushered in a new era for SPAC characterized by a strengthened financial picture, historic capital improvements, a robust educational focus, and artistic excellence. She retired from SPAC at the end of 2016 and is now President of Marcia White Consulting LLC.

Ms. White has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations within the Capital Region, including the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. She was also a member of the Saratoga 150 Committee which led the planning and execution of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Saratoga Race Course and is currently a member of the Saratoga Springs Commission on the Arts. She has served as a Trustee for the College of St. Rose since 2005.

Ms. White’s awards include the “Woman in the News Award,” from the Women’s Press Club of NYS; the Alumni Hall of Distinction from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; the NYS Senate’s “Woman of Distinction;” the Albany-Colonie Chamber’s 2011 “Women of Excellence;” the Capital District Business Review’s 2013 “Women Who Mean Business” Award; and most recently, Saratoga Arts 2017 Community Arts Leadership Award.

The 20th Annual Platinum Anniversary Fire + Ice Gala will be held at Albany Capital Center on Saturday, February 3. Guests will enjoy gourmet cuisine, open bar and specialty drinks from Mazzone Catering, live music from the New York Players, spirited live and silent auctions, and the return of the Frank Adams Jewelers “Ice Bar”. NewsChannel 13 anchor Benita Zahn will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this black/red-tie affair. CAP COM Federal Credit Union is the Platinum event sponsor. 100% of proceeds from the Fire + Ice Gala support local Red Cross programs and services.

“Paula and Marcia are both incredible women who’ve done a tremendous amount of good for our community,” added Striar. “We are honored to be able to celebrate them at our Fire + Ice Gala, and we are grateful for their support.”

For more information, including ticket options and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Kaitlyn Van Dyke at (518) 458-8111, ext. 5108.

    • Rebecca Rathbun, Chair
    • Sujata Chaudhry
    • J. Robert Daggett
    • Amanda Goyer
    • Scott Klenk
    • Reneé Abdou-Malta
    • Cynde London McCoy
    • Billie Jo Newman
    • Jessica Yulan Rubino
    • Denise Sheehan
    • Mary Beth Sonne
    • Dina Triolo
    • Charmaine Ushkow