Friday, 07 June 2013 08:21

RSVP: A Medley of Fun

By Trina Lucas | Entertainment
Gretchen and Joe DiMaggio, Dr. Chris Zieker, Hilary and Brian Munson, Keith Manuel, Tim and Beth Howe. Photos courtesy of Gretchen and Joe DiMaggio, Dr. Chris Zieker, Hilary and Brian Munson, Keith Manuel, Tim and Beth Howe. Photos courtesy of

The third annual Music, Models & Mingling took place on Thursday, May 31, at the Saratoga Polo Field. Traci Jersen and Lauren Cavanaugh co-chaired the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga benefit, and the festivities drew quite a crowd despite the sticky heat. 

Perusing the silent auction, attendees enjoyed gourmet food from Old Daley Inn, donated by Sysco. Brotherhood Winery, Saratoga Eagle, American Harvest Vodka and Jim Beam Spirits contributed wine, beer and liquor to enhance the celebration. Gentlemen, and some ladies, enjoyed a cigar tasting on the lawn from James & Sons Tobacconists. Inside the tent, ladies (and some gentlemen) played dress up with Aggie Mullaney, Life Rocks Jewelry and Saratoga Saddlery. 

Natalie Sillery of Saratoga Trunk put colorful hats on everyone wanting to glam it up for the photo booth. Tarot card readings, a champagne cart and the giving tree of light-up novelty rings added to the frivolity. 

More than $45,000 was raised thanks to numerous in-kind donors, and lead sponsors that included Turbine Services, Vince and Patty Riggi, Ron and Michele Riggi, CDPHP, Dr. Jeffrey Ridha, Kerry and Tom Selfridge and Stewart’s Shops. Just two years ago, in 2011, the fundraiser started with 150 attendees raising $17,000.  

“In its third year, Music, Models & Mingling has surpassed all of our expectations,” commented Lois Celeste, executive director of the senior center. “This year, 350 people came out to have fun, celebrate and give back to our seniors. Our sponsors, committee, staff and attendees made this event possible and the success it truly was. We are very lucky – and grateful to everyone involved.”

Founded as the Golden Age Club in March 1955, the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga is a non-residential community center serving those ages 50 and over by providing a social environment with programs tailored to adults and seniors. The non-profit facility is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Saratoga and welcomes members striving to maintain an independent lifestyle. To learn more, visit

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