Saratogian Newspaper SARATOGA SPRINGS
Halos and smiles shone brightly on the young girls who welcomed guests to “Touched by an Angel” last Thursday evening. Once again, the celebration for Community Hospice of Saratoga drew a crowd of more than 500 for a culinary extravaganza at the National Museum of Dance.
Spotted soon after arriving in the rotunda were Tom and Kristie Roohan, Agatha Benton, John Borla, Ed and Linda Lake, Rich and Denise DeValk, Eric and Heather Lacoppola, Sherri Rose and Mandy Rider. Patrick Pipino darted between his daughters at the entrance and the Ben & Jerry’s cart parked in the Hall of Fame Gallery, both offering attendees a heavenly amount of sweetness. The salted caramel ice cream was so good that Kent and Debbie McNairy hesitated to put their spoons down for a quick photo.
The stations scattered throughout the museum showcased specialties and beverages from twenty local businesses including Mama Mia’s, Mexican Connection, Spring water Bed & Breakfast, Backstretch Barbecue, DZ Restaurants, Olde Bryan Inn, Chez Pierre, Park Side Eatery, Mike’s Gourmet, PJ’s BAR-B-QSA and Saratoga Spring Water. Patty Novo and Beth Sullivan debated their favorite dishes of the night. Was it the short rib macaroni and cheese from Symphony Catering/Maestro’s, or The Brook Tavern’s sliders? Why decide?
Also enjoying the cornucopia of tastes were Jeff and Deane Pfeil, Jerry and Marcia MacDonald, Jeff and Bart Altamari and Teddy Foster. Several made it a family affair: Kim Teator attended with her daughter, Kendra; Jeanne O’Neill came with parents Vince and Annie; and Patty Riggi was out for a fun night with her sister Kathy Goodwin. Other supporters included Walt Adams, seen chatting with hospice nurse Donna Hays, Britt Dittrich, Mary Alice Lee, Lois Celeste and Judy Harrigan.
This annual event is an enormous undertaking, with countless in-kind donors and sponsors generously contributing goods, services, time and money. Among them are Tony Panza of Panza’s Restaurant, who coordinates the kitchen and volunteer staff. Rain or Shine Tent Company provides tables, topped by donated linens from Morgan Linen Service and flower arrangements coordinated by Jim and Gretchen Squires of Posie Peddler. Kierstin Burns offers complimentary graphic design, and Saratoga Photo booth lends a hand with classic photo mementos. Community Hospice also has onsite help from Girl Scout Troop 3545, SUNY Cobleskill culinary students, Saratoga Springs High School students, the Skidmore women’s field hockey team and The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.
“Once again, Saratoga Springs has proved to be a community that cares,” stated co-chair Nancy Cain. “The restaurants, food and wine purveyors, and florists who make ‘Touched by an Angel’ such a wonderful experience, as well as the many volunteers who help the event run so smoothly, all donate their time and product. It is incredibly generous, and I want to thank them.”
Touched by an Angel is very similar to hospice itself: a team approach toward a shared mission. The committee comprised of 25 dedicated volunteers, works eight months of the year to secure $50,000 in in-kind support alone. Thanks to their tireless efforts, and lead sponsors like CDPHP and Trustco Bank, this year’s benefit raised $113,000 for Community Hospice. That’s a remarkable accomplishment – as is providing compassionate, end-of-life care for patients and families in Saratoga and southern Washington Counties.
Prestwick Chase joined many other local businesses for the, “Touched by an Angel” event in Saratoga Springs. The Hospice Benefit Event helps with patient and family program services. Held at the National Dance Museum, the event draws in over 500 business operators and local politicians. At this year’s event over 20 food establishments participated. Prestwick Chase was happy to send our chefs down to offer smoked shrimp, scallops, and a spinach duck salad to all those attending the event. There was a great turn out for the event and Prestwick Chase was honored to attend such an important cause for families.