Some scenes from last year’s White Party to benefit Saratoga Bridges. Attire is generally white, though some attendees throw in splashes of color. The gala is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support programs and services for the developmentally disabled. Photo courtesy of Image Photos and Events.
continued “We’ve surpassed our (sponsorship) goal, now it’s about getting the guests in,” Varney said.
Auction items include a one-year family membership to the Saratoga Regional YMCA, tickets to a New York Giants game with overnight accommodations, a home project makeover valued at $10,000 donated by Bonacio Construction and “Buckets and Beers” for 20 people supplied by Hattie’s Restaurant.
“They’ll (Hattie’s) actually come to your house and cater an event,” said Varney.
“I loved the white party last year and agreed to co-chair it with my good friend Julie Bonacio so we could help Bridges brand the party,” said event co-chair Beth Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant. “Everyone looked so beautiful in their white clothes at the gorgeous setting at Fasig Tipton. In one short year it has become a favorite fundraiser in the Saratoga summer season. We look forward to a great night.”
Alexander has been on the gala’s committee for several years and said she always enjoys working with everyone at Bridges.
“One of the most interesting aspects of the organization is their arts program … it varies from visual arts to dance and choir,” she said.
The arts program through Creative Endeavors in Ballston Spa actually designed the logo for the event, which depicts Lady Godiva. It appears on the invitations and other promotional materials.
“They did it as a collaborative piece and will auction off the original at our event,” said Varney.
The gala supports everything from day habilitation and family support services to transportation and employment services.
“We were founded basically to make sure that those programs and services continue for the 800 individuals we serve, despite any cuts. … We’ve had quite the cut (in Medicaid) taken in the last couple of years, and it’s not looking great for 2012,” said Varney.
Even so, Bridges has not had to eliminate any programs and services.
The online auction can be viewed at www.biddingforgood.com/saratogabridges. To make reservations to the gala by July13, visit www.saratogabridges.org