The Northeastern New York and Adirondack-Saratoga Chapters of the American Red Cross held their Fire & Ice Gala on Saturday, March 22 at the City Center in downtown Saratoga Springs. This evening marked the first Fire + Ice Gala held in Saratoga Springs in the event's 16-year history, as well as the first time that the two Red Cross Chapters presented the event in collaboration. The night drew record attendance of more than 400 guests and raised nearly $83,000 in net proceeds.
"The 2014 Fire & Ice Gala was a wonderful display of the outstanding partnership between the two Red Cross Chapters that serve the greater Capital Region. The outpouring of support and appreciation shown by all in attendance was truly a testament to the great work done by the Red Cross and its volunteers in our communities," said Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region.
The gala's Honorary Co-Chairs were Dr. John Bennett, CEO of CDPHP, and Christopher R. Dowd, President of Ballston Spa National Bank, and his wife Patricia Putman. Jason Gough, WNYT News Channel 13 weatherman, served as Master of Ceremonies for the first time. Lisa Scott, a board member for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, returned for a third year as Co-Chair of the Fire + Ice Gala Steering Committee, and was joined by first-time Co-Chair and Red Cross volunteer, Patty Valletta.
This year's Gala featured live music from the New York Players, gourmet food and drink provided by Mazzone Catering, a wine pull and a diamond necklace raffle, and live and silent auctions to support the life-saving mission of the Red Cross.
In addition to the Northeastern New York and Adirondack-Saratoga Chapters' annual corporate and foundation supporters, the Fire & Ice Gala sponsors for 2014 included:
Gold Sponsors: The Scott Family Foundation and Mazzone Catering
Silver Sponsors: BBL Family of Companies, Lia Auto Group, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Bronze Sponsors: BCI Construction and M&T Bank
Décor Sponsor: Total Events
Design Sponsor: MVP Health Care
Diamond Sponsor: Frank Adams Jewelers
Photo Sponsor: Joan Heffler Photography (to view event photos, please visit joanhefflerphotography.com and enter gallery password "FireIce")
The Fire + Ice theme represents the typical types of disasters that the Red Cross frequently responds to in the Northeastern New York region.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the country each year and helps people get ready to respond to emergencies by providing these preparedness apps for free. The Red Cross needs the help of the public to continue this lifesaving effort. People can make a donation to the Red Cross by going to redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.