An additional building has been constructed (left) for the Warrensburg Outreach Center of North Country Ministry, and plans call for it to soon accommodate a food pantry, expanded baby and toddler programs, and storage for the center’s clothing distribution outlet. The building is expected to be completed in May. Courtesy photo
With a building addition nearly complete at its Warrensburg site, North Country Ministry is raising hopes as well as funds during its upcoming Spring Gala. The event, titled “An Evening in Paris,”is set for Friday, May 2 at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury. Tickets are available now for the gala.
Proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit North Country Ministry’s ongoing services which operate out of locations in North Creek and Warrensburg. With the two-story building addition expected to be completed by mid-May, there will be increased space to accommodate expanded services, according to area philanthropist Dr. James Morrissey, president of the North Country Ministry Board of Directors and chairman of the gala.
“This expansion will allow for a full-scale food pantry to meet ever increasing needs,” he said, noting that proceeds of the gala would underwrite the expansion as well as the agency’s ongoing work with families under stress. “It will also allow for expanded baby and toddler programs, as well as much-needed storage for the clothing center.”
He observed that the Furniture Barn, which recycles gently used furniture and household goods, currently operates out of the North Creek site, but may be expanded to the Warrensburg location.
Funds raised by the gala also support North Country Ministry’s counseling services, advocacy and referral efforts, its emergency assistance provisions, parenting support programs, the Baby’s Place play group, the agency’s infant and toddler car seat program, its affordable housing program, and The Gathering Place lunch and hospitality offerings.
The Spring Gala will include a live auction featuring auctioneer Martin Seelye as well as a silent auction, raffles — and in keeping with the Parisian theme, a fashion show of clothing from local retailers. Caricature artist John Gurney will provide whimsical entertainment as well.
North Country Ministry is an ecumenical organization which provides services to over 1,000 people per month in a service area exceeding 600 square miles, agency Executive Director Jill Harrington said.
“We are very excited to have the construction of the new addition nearly complete,” she said. “The organization’s reach has increased dramatically since its inception in 1992. This expansion of space allows us to continue to operate effectively in the face of growing need.”
The gala’s live auction features dozens of items including one week’s vacation in a home on Lake George, a Lake Placid getaway, and a kayak. The silent auction includes handmade local wares, tickets to area activities, and gift certificates to local eateries, among donated goods and services.
Major underwriters and sponsors for the event include: Stafford Carr & McNally, James and Kay Morrissey, Barton International, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Cronin’s Golf Resort, Behan Communications, Glens Falls National Bank, Trustco Bank, Community Bank NA, Steve and Sandi Parisi, Gary and Charleen Bivona, Lake George RV Park, Law Office of John B. Pohl, and Edward Jones - Carl Cedrone.
Participating in the gala’s clothing presentation are: Milk & Honey and Fountain Square Outfitters of Glens Falls, Starla’s Shoppe in Lake George, and Hudson River Trading Company of North Creek.
Reservations are required for “An Evening in Paris” and tickets are $60 per person. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 23. For tickets, contact Charleen Bivona at 240-6013 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets may also be obtained by visiting the organization’s web site at www.NorthCountryMinistry.org