Co-Chairs of the Snowball Mary Gavin, Heather Straughter & Kristie Roohan. Photos provided.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — TheSnowBallhostedbytheFlower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital was held on Dec. 1. The dance took place at the Canfield Casino located in Saratoga Springs. This year the organization raised just under $40,000. Money raised by tickets, raffles and cookies sold will support the women’s health services at Saratoga Hospital. According to Susan Halstead, the President of the Flower and Fruit Mission, money raised this year will have a direct impact to education and hospital renovations.
Most recently the Flower and Fruit Mission pledged $50,000 every year for five years, totaling $250,000, to help with renovations of the William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services of Saratoga Hospital. Last year’s Snow Ball raised $54,000 and in 2016 Flower and Fruit raised $131,222 in assets.
“It was a really spectacular evening. The Canfield Casino is just such a beautiful setting for the kick-off of the winter season. The ladies were dressed to impress; there were a lot of beautiful gowns, a lot of tuxedos. You could have been stepping back in time,” Halstead said.
The Snow Ball, held on the first Saturday in December, is the largest fundraiser and kicks off their holiday season with festive décor, cocktails, dinner and dancing. It has been a long-standing tradition with the hospital that dates back to the 1950’s. The organization’s relationship with the hospital has spanned over 100 years.