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Schenectady County loves a good party

Tickets are $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10. For $200 per ticket, patrons can join an honorary committee called the Bicentennial Society and have their names included on a souvenir gala program and a memorial plaque outside of Schenectady County's legislative chambers, as well as on the county's bicentennial Web site.

Donations are tax deductible and any contribution above the cost of the dinner, which is $59.50, is tax deductible, Voelker said. All of the proceeds will benefit the bicentennial projects and the Schenectady County Historical Society.

This is the first event that will be held in the mansion's newly renovated space.

"We're closing down right after Valentine's Day so we can get ready for it," said Angelo Mazzone, owner of Glen Sanders Mansion. "We're putting up a whole new ceiling in the ballroom, new rugs, chandeliers, tiles, a new AV system, flat screen TVs in the room so we can videotape stuff as they're doing it."

He said he's happy to be part of the bicentennial.

"We think it's an honor that we'll be opening our room the same night as that event," Mazzone said.

Everyone is invited. There is room for about 350 people, so space is limited. Guests are asked to RSVP no later than Friday, Feb. 20. For information on the gala or other bicentennial events or to RSVP, visit http://www.schenectadycounty2009.com or http://www.schenectadycounty.com.

"This is an exciting year for Schenectady County as we celebrate our Bicentennial," Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chair of the Schenectady County Legislature, said in a statement. "I am proud to be part of a community with such a rich past and bright future. I invite you to join our celebration and participate in all of the exciting events planned throughout the year as we recognize all those who have made Schenectady County a great place to work, live and raise a family."

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