LAKE GEORGE - In 1885, a group of local people who shared a common passion, fishing on Lake George, decided to form an association to protect the wildlife.
Their goal was a simple one: to give back to the lake what it was giving to them. They called their group the Lake George Association for the Protection of Fish & Game, and they were pioneers in a burgeoning nationwide conservation movement.
Now 125 years later, the membership of the Lake George Association (LGA) has grown to include hundreds of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors. Today's members share the same vision as the original founders and a willingness to work together to protect the beauty and quality of Lake George, according to LGA executive director Walt Lender.
On Friday, July 16, over 300 friends of Lake George are expected to attend this year's Summer Gala, a benefit dinner and auction for the protection of Lake George, to be held at the Inn at Erlowest. This year's event honors the founding members of the organization.
"We are gathering to celebrate the LGA's extraordinary and broad-reaching accomplishments," Lender said. "It's not just our age we are celebrating, but 125 years worth of efforts to protect the Lake."
Ken Lingel, the executive chef at the Inn at Erlowest is developing an extraordinary menu in honor of the 125th anniversary, Lender said. Veteran rockers Bobby Dick & the Sundowners will be providing entertainment.
Over 50 auction items will be available for bid, including a two-hour catered dinner cruise for 12 aboard the cruise ship Lac du Saint Sacrement. The winner will have the entire 197-foot ship all to themselves due to a donation by Bill Dow, owner of the Lake George Steamboat Co.
The cruise will include a catered gourmet dinner by Chef Damon of Bolton Beans, and live music by Ray Alexander.
Other live auction items include lunch with Mayor Blais followed by a limousine ride to the Saratoga Race Track to present the trophy to the winner of the Lake George Race, and a one-week stay at a Beaver Creek, Colorado penthouse and two round-trip airline tickets.
A preview of the auction items is available on the LGA website: www.lakegeorgeassociation.org. Additional auction items and event sponsors are still being accepted. For details, contact the Lake George Association at 668-3558 or: email@example.com.