Gala Gratitude!

March 06, 2018

Wow, what a night! Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy this special “Dare to be Different” evening with us, to benefit Crossroads Center for Children!

This year’s Gala was a great success!

Several staff members were recognized for their milestone years of service! Congratulations to Kathy H. and Shavonne for completing 15 years with Crossroads, to Tammy, Carolyn S, Meghan M, Kelly T for completing 10 years, and Carolyn Z for completing 5 years. While not all were present, all were named and recognized.

 Three distinctive Crossroads Gala awards were given. The Connecting the Community award went to SACC.TV and The Muffin Man Show, and was accepted by Thaddeus Pinckney, the Muffin Man. The Distinguished Service award was presented to Dr. Kristin Miller of Siena College. The Dedication to Crossroads award was given to Steve Oill.

It was a special honor to hear from two guest speakers this year! We are blessed to have two past parents serving in the state assembly, both respected community leaders making a difference in the lives of individuals with Autism and other special needs. They each spoke from a parent’s perspective and also shared current work as public leaders.  We are thankful to Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for making time to be with us for our event.     

Many thanks also to DJ Zac Barr for the wonderful music and positive energy that he shared with us for the 9th year! We are also ever grateful to Steve Oill for his lively live auctioneering. As well, Deb at the Mohawk River Country Club was fantastic to work with and did an amazing job! Delicious and abundant food and drink from start to finish!

The candy table was a huge hit again this year! Several guests had fun with the photo-opp. table, and everyone enjoyed a special gift upon entry.

Please see this link for the enormous list of supporters that we are grateful to for sponsorships, donations and advertising!

Funds raised by this event will help provide critical services to children from all over the region. We are endlessly grateful to everyone for bidding on items, participating in the silent and live auctions and in the wine pull and for pledges and donations that night. The stand up matching challenge initiated by a very special couple who wishes to remain anonymous, got folks to stand up to donate $10 each to this couple’s $500. This really makes an impact on our program and is greatly appreciated.

We’re also grateful to our outside volunteers that night. Christine MacDougall from SEFCU and Kara Van Guilder from SUNY Albany were absolute life-savers for the entire event.

Were you there? If you post pictures to your social media, please use the hashtag #CrossroadsGala2018! You are also welcome to share them to our Facebook page if you wish.  Thanks!


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