The Event sets attendance record

GLOVERSVILLE-Tinseltown descended on one corner of the city Friday as people dressed as icons from film noir to modern-day comedy walked the red carpet at The Eccentric Club for Nathan Littauer Foundation’s annual fundraiser called The Event.

This year marked the 12th annual themed fundraiser to benefit the hospital.

Janine Dykeman, event chair and vice president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, said the Event benefits the foundation, which helps donate money to the hospital.

“We actually have a record number of people here tonight,” Dykeman said.

More than 250 people attended The Event, she said.

Dykeman said The Event is expected to raise more than $120,000, more than last year’s Event. The money is raised through admission and a silent auction where people could bid on prizes such as pet portraits, sculptures, business advertising and more.

Deb Finkle, president of the Foundation’s board, said the event was important to keep up with expenses at hospital.

“I think it is going to be fantastic this year,” Finkle said, with Dykeman calling it the social event of the year.

Between catering from the hospital staff, bright lights and music from the 1950’s, the Event had a vibe from a long-gone period of Hollywood, invoking the Golden Age of film making.

Ice sculptures of the Hollywood sign and a 1950s-style camera decorated the club, while notable names in local government and business mingled.

The food, brought by the hopsital’s staff, was a change of pace for them, according to Tim Forte, nutritional services director at Nathan Littauer.

Between shellfish, stirfrys and fresh-to-order options, Forte said it helped keep the staff on their toes.

Nathan Littaur Hospital Development Coordinator Kelly Colby said the theme varies from year to year to keep The Event fresh.

“You never know what to expect,” Colby said.