2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction benefiting Saratoga PLAN a Resounding Success

Saratoga Springs, NY – September 19, 2023 – Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) hosted its highly anticipated 2nd annual fundraising dinner and silent auction, PLAN for the Future, drawing a crowd of over 150 passionate environmental advocates and supporters from across the region. The event, held at Camp Stomping Ground (formerly Boyhaven) in Middle Grove, featured a delicious farm to fire dinner, specialty cocktails, and a short program celebrating PLAN’s 20th anniversary.

The evening began with a warm welcome from Saratoga PLAN’s newest Board of Directors Chair, Peter Olmsted, who expressed gratitude for the remarkable turnout. “We are thrilled to see so many dedicated supporters gathered here tonight, all united by a shared passion for preserving our local land and nature. I am honored to step into the Chair role and to help carry our momentum towards another 20 years of success,” Peter stated.

Guests were treated to a selection of delicious libations served by the charming Little Lucy’s Mobile Bar, including a specialty cocktail called the “Happy Go Lucky Spritz,” featuring poma brandy from the micro farm distillery Luckey Spirits. Also available were local craft beer and wine from Common Roots Brewery, Victory View Vineyard, and Old Tavern Winery. The sounds of live acoustic music by local band, Upstate Vibe, filled the venue as guests mingled. Executive Chef Brandon Snooks from Farm to Fire cooked a delectable dinner over an open fire using local ingredients, all sourced from within 30 miles of Saratoga Springs. The evening concluded with sweet treats donated by local baker Leah Stein of Leah’s Cakery, located in Round Lake.

Throughout the evening, attendees had the opportunity to bid on an array of items and experiences at the silent auction. The auction featured coveted items donated by local businesses and community members, all in support of Saratoga PLAN’s vital conservation efforts.

One of the highlights of the evening was the chance to mingle with like-minded environmental advocates and supporters. Conversations flowed easily as attendees shared stories, exchanged ideas, and forged connections with individuals who share a common vision for a greener, more sustainable future for Saratoga County.

Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh added to the event’s excitement by presenting Saratoga PLAN with an Assembly Citation, recognizing the organization’s outstanding contributions to environmental conservation in the region.

“The success of this event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of sponsors, volunteers, and attendees alike. Saratoga PLAN extends its deepest appreciation to everyone who played a role in making this evening a resounding success,” said Robert Davies, PLAN’s Executive Director.

The funds raised at the annual dinner and silent auction will directly support Saratoga PLAN’s land conservation efforts, enabling the organization to protect and steward the local environment for generations to come.