SARATOGA SPRINGS – CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) presented An Unbridled Affair Gala on July 22, 2021, at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club (458 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs).
Honorary Chairs Tony and Joan Mitola and Gala Co-Chairs Denise Desmond and Patricia Novo, and guests in attendance celebrated the heroes who make our community and the Thoroughbred Racing industry better! A silent and live auction (emceed by Dan Bazile, Spectrum News 1 Anchor) helped to raise over $130,000 (net) at the sold-out event! Guests enjoyed the music provided by Grand Central Station.
“Thanks to the diligence of our community, we’re so excited to be back in person for our event this year,” said Executive Director Andy Gilpin. “The gala and auction are our largest fundraisers of the year and are critical to sustaining our local programming, in particular our programs for runaway and homeless youth.”
The gala hosted three honorees:
“This year, we honor those close to home – from some of our most dedicated volunteers in Claire and Bob Brown, to an organization that’s supported CAPTAIN CHS for many years and is right here in Saratoga – the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame,” continued Gilpin. “And Bricks and Mortar was a horse we wanted to honor in 2020, but did not get the chance to.”
The gala is complimented by an online auction, which ran July 8th through July 22nd with fabulous trips, delicious restaurant experiences, and high-quality, unique items found no where else.
“We can’t believe the quality and quantity of packages, items, and experiences we offered this year,” noted Gilpin. “We had an incredibly lavish trip to Mexico, a beautiful diamond ring, and dozens upon dozens of incredible items that you just can’t miss out on.”
This event carries the major sponsorship of a Distinguished Friend of CAPTAIN CHS, Bill and Gloria Lawrence, the Lawrence H. Pohl Charitable Fund, Tony and Joan Mitola, the Smile Lodge Pediatric Dentistry, and Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family.
Gallery: An Unbridled Affair 2021 – Photos Provided by CAPTAIN CHS:
“At the end of the day, this event is about celebrating our community, our volunteers and donors, and our work,” continued Gilpin. “We’re seeing a significant increase in demand for our services, yet government and grant funding has not increased in proportion. We hope through our in-person event, our online auction, and donations, we can bring in enough to meet the needs of kids, families, and seniors in all of the Counties that we now serve.”
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CAPTAIN Community Human Services supports and empowers people of all ages to reach their goals of personal growth and self-sufficiency. Formed as grassroots organizations, CAPTAIN CHS has developed into a highly recognized and highly respected volunteer-driven organization, serving the principal social, educational and prevention needs of people of all ages in Saratoga County and beyond. CAPTAIN CHS operates a runaway and homeless youth shelter, street outreach services, emergency food pantry, Care Links program for seniors, respite work, family assistance programs, and various youth leadership programs. For more information, visit www.captaincares.org or call 518-371-1185.