SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Hospital’s 39th Annual Gala—a highlight of the summer season—will be held Aug. 4 on the grounds of Saratoga Casino Hotel. Presented by Julie & Co. Realty, LLC, and Bonacio Construction Inc., the fundraiser supports high-quality, affordable healthcare by benefiting the hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center.
The Gala is one of the Capital Region’s largest, most successful charitable events. It is known far and wide for its enticing auction items and creative themes—this year “School Spirit.”
“The 2021 Gala will have a true homecoming feel to show that we are back and better than ever,” Gala Co-chair Julie Bonacio said. “We have infused the essence of school spirit throughout our lineup, with a tailgating-themed menu and games, a sports bar tent and décor dripping in Saratoga Hospital’s colors of purple and gold.”
Bonacio is co-chairing the event for the fifth time. This year she is joined by Co-chair Aimee Dake and longtime Honorary Chair John Hendrickson.
The Gala is a significant source of support for Saratoga Community Health Center, the only facility of its kind in greater Saratoga. The center provides primary care, dental, behavioral health and addiction medicine services to patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Demand for care continues to grow, resulting in more than 25,000 patient visits each year.
“The impact of the Gala is immeasurable,” said Dr. Renée Rodriguez-Goodemote, medical director, Saratoga Community Health Center. “Everyone involved with this event—sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and guests—touches the lives of our patients and improves the health of our community as a whole.”
For Dake and other Gala supporters, that impact is the most compelling reason to support the event. “This is a generous, caring community,” she said. “It’s wonderful, but not surprising, to see people rally behind The Gala every year to make a difference for so many.”
Gala live auction items include box seats for the Travers Stakes, an exclusive party at Cantina’s new rooftop, vacations to St. John island and Cape Cod, a Lake George getaway, a fantasy sports experience to a major league game or PGA tournament, and much more. Guests and registered bidders can also bid, via mobile devices, on a variety of silent auction items.
The event will be held at the Saratoga Casino soccer fields from 6-9 p.m.; the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations cost $175 per person ($125 for those ages 21-35). Auction item details, reservations, mobile bidding registration and additional event information is available at www.saratogahospitalgala.org. For questions, email email@example.com or call 518-583-8663.