This Year’s Gala Featuring Melissa Manchester Was A Huge Success!

MM2 croppedIt was the Party of the Summer!

SKARTS has always thrown a great party presenting leading artists including Judy Collins, John Pizzarelli, Tito Puente, Jr., Tuck & Patti, Ben & Sally Taylor and more.  This year’s Gala was no exception!  Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Melissa Manchester simply blew everyone away with her incredible voice and heartwarming stories.  For a review of the performance, click here.

The primary objective of the evening is to raise money for SKARTS’ grants program, which supports a wide range of arts organizations in CNY.  Everyone in attendance, including Melissa Manchester, commented about the importance of a strong arts community.  She noted that it sends a strong message to our children when we actively promote the arts.  It not only enhances our quality of life, but it also helps local businesses and corporations attract world class talent to our area.  Let’s face it: the cream of the crop talent (including our children) could go anywhere to work and we need to provide them the best reasons to choose CNY.   There is no question that a healthy arts culture truly matters.

Hosts croppedThe evening, hosted by our ever-energetic MC, Julie Abbott-Kenan (above with SKARTS president, Holland Gregg), featured a scrumptious gourmet meal made exclusively with fresh, locally-grown ingredients and created by Chef Chris Kuhns of Phoebe’s Restaurant.  Delicious wines from Anyela’s Vineyards and an “Art Garden” featuring original art by CNY’s top local artists added more joy to the festivities.

You can tell by the photos that everyone had a fantastic time.  It was truly a night to remember!Filicia

Crowd3 cropped Art Garden 2 Pat Callahan cropped Carrie croppedFeldmann croppedCrowd4 HoleJGs Table croppedMM1 Crowd 1 cropped(Photos by James Peluso-Alexandra Photography.)

None of this would be possible without the support of generous and engaged sponsors.

Anonymous, Auburn Party Rental, Clear Channel Radio, Eagle Newspapers, Anyela’s Vineyards, Cowley Associates, Carl Schramm and Ellyn Brown, Sherwood Inn, ABC NewsChannel9, Nicole & Michael Falcone, Jim Gregg, Patience Brewster, Inc., Skaneateles JOURNAL, The Citizen, Time Warner Cable, WAER Public Media, WRVO Public Media, WSYR 570 Radio, Dermody, Burke & Brown, Evan & Liz Dreyfuss, Bob & Niccolena Errico, Thom Filicia, Fleur de Lis Florist, Jacobs Press, Joelle’s French Bistro, Jim & Kimballl Kraus, Stacia and David Landsberg, MD, M&T Bank, Mirbeau Inn & Spa, Sally & Bob Neumann, Jack & Stephanie Rudnick, Skaneateles Talk, Joe & Therese Strodel, Watson Greenhouse.

Special thanks goes to Michael Antico, Artists Piano, Christine Briel, Marietta Gregg, Christy Lemp, Holly Karker, Angela Moonan, Sandi Mulconry, James Peluso-Alexandra Photography, Denise Schoeneck and Stella Maris Retreat Center.

If you couldn’t attend the concert, but want to support SKARTS, click on the “Support SKARTS” button in the top right corner.  Or you can send a tax-deductible donation to Skaneateles Arts Council, PO Box 422 , Skaneateles, NY  13152.

SKARTS, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community. The council presents cultural programming, offers free concerts at the gazebo in Clift Park, and issues grants to artists and arts organizations in the Skaneateles area.