During North Country Ministry’s 2013 Spring Gala banquet, Dr. James Morrissey (right) was identified as a prime ‘suspect’ in the conclusion of a fictional kidnapping mystery, as he opened his doctor’s bag and pulled out a fistful of cash at the prompting of plot narrator Bob Myers (left). The drama sparked plenty of laughs from the capacity crowd at the banquet. This year’s Spring Gala fundraiser is set for Friday Aug. 4 at the Hiland Park Country Club.
Reservations may now be made for North Country Ministry’s annual Spring Gala fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, May 2 at Hiland Park Country Club.
Titled “An Evening in Paris,” the event includes a buffet dinner, a live and silent auction, raffles, a caricature artist and a fashion show. Tickets are $60 per person and reservations are required.
The silent auction — to occur during the cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. — includes wine baskets, tickets to area activities, dining gift certificates, and handcrafted items Caricature artist John Gurney will capture the lighter side of those attending.
During dinner, men’s and women’s fashions are modeled. The fashion show, coordinated by Lynn Underhill, features clothing from Milk & Honey and Fountain Square Outfitters of Glens Falls, Starla’s Shoppe in Lake George and Hudson River Trading Company of North Creek.
Renowned auctioneer Martin Seelye will conduct the live auction, featuring such offerings as a weekend in Old Montreal, a gift certificate to The Sagamore Resort, and golf for two at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown with an overnight stay at the Cooper Inn, among many other getaways, gifts and services.
Noted area philanthropist Dr. James Morrissey, chair of the gala, said the fundraiser is annually a remarkable success for North Country Ministry because of the hundreds of volunteers, donors, and participants who are generous with their time and resources.
“The gala is a great way for people throughout Warren County to help neighbors in the more rural areas in the northern part of the county and beyond,” Morrissey said, noting that the agency’s service area encompasses more than 600 square miles.
Major 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, Steve and Sandi Parisi, Gary and Charleen Bivona, Lake George RV Park, Law Office of John B. Pohl, and Edward Jones/Carl Cedrone. Media sponsors are Denton Publications and Regional Radio Group.
North Country Ministry is an ecumenical organization which provides services to more than 1,000 people per month. Proceeds of the fundraiser support vital services offered through North Country Ministry’s locations in North Creek and Warrensburg.
The organization provides counseling services, advocacy and referral. It also offers clothing and a play group through the Baby’s Place as well as parenting support, an infant and toddler car seat program. In addition, the agency offers a food pantry, lunch and hospitality through the Gathering Place, an emergency assistance fund, the Family Clothing Center and the Furniture Barn which provides clients with used furniture and household goods.
North Country Ministry is seeing more and more individuals and families who are suffering from loss of employment, according to Jill Harrington, the agency’s executive director.
“Our services are designed to be a hand of hope, providing support during a time of crisis to help people get back on their feet,” she said.
For reservations to the gala, contact Charleen Bivona at 240-6013 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Invitations may be downloaded at: www.northcountryministry.org/spring-gala.html and used to secure reservations by mail.