Raising the bar

The Roaring ’20s sets the scene at the 17th annual Bartenders’ Ball, which this year will benefit the domestic violence shelter

Many who attend the Bartenders’ Ball dress in iconic flapper gear, but it is not required.

Many who attend the Bartenders’ Ball dress in iconic flapper gear, but it is not required.

Similar to today, the 1920s were a time of dramatic social change. Technological progress brought about a rapid shift in lifestyle, with perhaps the most iconic of its time being the flappers. The Roaring ’20s era of jazz, hats and canes was no stranger to the Capital District, and one group is bringing that era back for one night — flappers and all.


• What: Bartenders’ Ball

• When: Saturday, Feb. 8

• Where: Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway

• How much: $60

• Info:583-0280 or visit DVRCsaratoga.org.

Now in its 17th year, the organizers of the Bartenders’ Ball have put a twist in the mix this year with a Great Gatsby theme. The event will bring the flavor of the Roaring ‘20s back to Saratoga Springs with an evening of live music, gambling, martinis and jumbo shrimp.

The event, originally created to honor members of the hospitality industry complete with contests for the area’s best bartender, has become about more than specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres, however.

“Every year the ball raises money for a different charity,” said Maggie Fronk, executive director of Saratoga County Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis (DVRC).

Each year, interested charities must present an in-depth proposal for the opportunity. Past recipients have included Community Hospice of Saratoga and the YMCA. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit DVRC.

“The ball always supports a brick-and-mortar project, so it goes to capital. The money is instrumental in supporting our county’s domestic violence shelter,” Fronk said.

The shelter is the only emergency shelter in Saratoga County for women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence.

“We house around 100 women and children a year,” Fronk said.

In addition to the shelter, DVRC services include a 24-hour hotline, support groups, educational programs and legal support.

“No one ever thinks this will happen to (them),” Fronk said. “No one thinks that, and yet it happens.”

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