Record-Breaking Year at North Country 15th Annual Fire + Ice

North Country "Luau Themed" Celebration
“Our Red Cross Community is so blessed to have such great support from the tri-county area. These supporters are what make our work possible,” said Carol Latinville.

MORRISONVILLE, NY – The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross’ 15th Annual Fire + Ice fundraiser was held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at West Side Ballrooms in Plattsburgh. The event raised more than $40,000, an increase of 44 percent from 2012. The purpose of the evening was to celebrate and support the vital work of the Red Cross throughout the three-county North Country Region.

“I am honored to be representing such an amazing humanitarian organization, and I am thrilled with the positive fundraising results that have come out of a fabulous evening,” said Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are already looking forward to our 16th Annual Fire + Ice in 2014!”

The North Country Chapter’s 15th Annual Fire + Ice had record-breaking attendance of more than 310 individuals, a 51 percent increase from 2012, who came from all over the North Country Region.

“Our Red Cross Community is so blessed to have such great support from the tri-county area. These supporters are what make our work possible,” said Carol Latinville, Chair of the North Country Chapter Board of Directors.

The evening featured a luau theme, including Hawaiian cuisine, a silent and live auction, followed by music and dancing provided by DJ Watty. There was also a surprise flash mob with donated choreography from Heather Van Arsdel, owner of Center Stage Dance Studio. The flash mob was comprised of 10 percent of all attendees dancing around the 28 tables to a “mash-up” of songs created by DJ Watty.

Dr. Roy and Mrs. Monica Slaunwhite, residents of Saranac Lake, served as Inaugural Honorary Co-Chairs. Guest auctioneer Steve Martin auctioned off a number of impressive items and experiences during a live auction, and Patricia Hickey, resident of Keene, was celebrated as this year’s Fire + Ice Committee Chair.

“We had so many amazing volunteers helping out this year that made the planning process fun and relatively easy,” said Hickey.

The 2013 Fire + Ice event corporate table sponsors included: Presenting Partner – Walmart Foundation, Clara Barton Diamond Advocate – Charter Business and Hampton Inn, Platinum American Red Cross Life-Savers – Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and TD Bank, Gold Friend of the Chapter — JCEO of Franklin and Clinton Counties, Inc., Silver Red Cross Sponsors— Champlain Valley Electric, Centennial Abstract Company Inc., Clute Wealth Management, Community Bank N.A., Dick’s Customizing, Glens Falls National Bank, High Peaks Dental, NBT Bank, Northern Insuring Agency, Pfizer, Pine Harbour Assisted Living, Plattsburgh Lion’s Club, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis, Price Chopper (Golub Foundation), PrimeLink Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors and WPTZ Channel 5.

The North Country Chapter’s Fire + Ice event was supported by the following underwriters: A Theme to Remember, Blair & Webber Photography, Center Stage Dance Studio, DJ Watty, Hampton Inn, Lake Champlain Pools, Loreman’s, Martin & Sons Auctions, McCadam Distributing, Party Effects DJ Service, The Party Factory, Tip Top Frames, and West Side Ballrooms.

The following individuals/organizations have also contributed in support of this year’s Fire + Ice event inclusive of our inaugural Honorary Committee: Anna Trow, Helen and Bob Booth, Burnham Financial, Casella Waste Systems, Clinton County Senior Citizens’ Council Gary Ferris and Rebecca Burnham, Gordon Oil, Patricia Hickey, Kmart 7044, Serge and Caroline Lussi, Paul Maroun, Murnane Builders, NYSEG, Gary Striar, Amy and Matt Spiegel, UFirst Credit Union, and Uta Wister.

“Success is always the result of a remarkable team effort, and Fire + Ice 2013 was no exception.! The Fire + Ice Committee, Board of Directors, volunteers and staff all came together with a common passion to support the American Red Cross and the communities that we serve,” said Gilbert. “It is truly the heart-warming generosity of our donors that made this event possible.”

The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided aid and assistance to the North Country for nearly 100 years, working tirelessly to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Our Chapter serves a population of 158,413 people with the support of over 300 volunteers.

In 2012, the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to 40 local disasters, trained 5,680 people to save lives, prepared 231 individuals for disasters and connected 142 local military families during critical life moments.

The Fire + Ice theme represents the typical types of disasters that the Red Cross frequently responds to in the region.