Thanks for making ‘Celebration’ great

We would like to thank all who attended our American Association of University Women’s inaugural “Celebration.”

People were mixing, meeting, trying on hats fashioned by Donna Cerasuolo, and posing for photos taken by photographer Darlene Bornt. Under the direction of Jahnn Gibson; Katerina James, Meghan Roehl, Sarah Subik, Julie Capito, Alexis Tirado and Melissa Ackerknecht were polished models as they strolled the Eccentric Club, displaying hats that were later auctioned.

The raffle basket, silent auction and ad committee members did a wonderful job obtaining items and ads. Linda Hammond exhibited her “tech” savvy in design of the program, while Holly Rigos and Sandy Lane designed the invitation. M.C. Bob Cudmore added a humorous touch to the auction that kept the audience laughing and bidding. Harp music by Nancy Walko set the scene and Frank Manning provided entertainment during the brunch and background for the hat auction. The setting of the Eccentric Club and efficiency of Jeff Graves helped make the Celebration run smoothly. Brunch prepared by Wine and Roses was delicious.

Donors included Greco Olinsky Wealth Management Group, Post Net, Moments by Darlene, Robinson & Smith Inc., St. Mary’s Healthcare, Michael Geraghty, Fly Shack, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Gloversville True Value Hardware, Johnstown Peking Chinese Restaurant, Ginni and John Mazur, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, New Dimensions in Health Care, Ocean State Realty, Palmer Pharmacy, Liberty, Nancy Reynolds, Dr. Phillip and Helen James, Kimberly Adamchick/First Niagara Bank, Encore Kids/Lexington, Sam’s Seafood and Steakhouse/Romana’s Italian Kitchen, The Galleria, The Tire Center, Verlene Tierney/Ballroom Dancing, Doug Walters/Janey Montgomery Scott, LLC, Michele Acquaro, Phoebe Boschi, Anna Brooks, Dee Brown, Linda Bumpus, Sandra Fiesinger, Maureen and David Heacock, Patriot Federal Bank, Cathy Picciocca, Patricia Valachovic, Kathryn Van Arnam and Marie Wojeski, Adirondack Woodshed, Olga and Mark Amico, Amsterdam Mohawks, Barney’s Signs, Blue Hen, Canada Lake Store and Marina, Carol Cownie, Debbie Ellsworth, Jennifer Garren, Erin Hollenbeck, Harold’s Restaurant, Alexandra Higgins, J Fine Jewelry, Michael and Catherine Julius, Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Nobel Ace Hardware, S&W Skin Care and Cosmetics, and Union Hall Inn.

Thanks to the hard work of co-chairs Helen James and Catherine Julius, AAUW committee members and the generosity of the community, AAUW raised $5,500 at our first “Celebration” scholarship fundraiser. This will allow the continuance of our current scholarship awards and the addition of new ones.

ELIZABETH RUSSO

Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the AAUW