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Winter Gala

Saturday, January 18, 2020

thank you for joining us for a whimsical night in the woodlands...

Details about the 2021 Winter Gala are scheduled to be posted here in December 2020. 2020 Gala details, however, are still posted to give future attendees, supporters, and sponsors a more nuanced appreciation for just what a fantastic time this beloved, popular event is every year!

Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and hosted by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, the 2020 Winter Gala was a rousing success! While there are far too many organizations, businesses, and individuals to thank everybody as much as they deserve, the following attempts to at least thank some of them. These are in no particular order.gala_2020_zonta_banner_0

Thank you to Zonta International and the volunteers from that organization that managed coat check the entire evening. 

DJ A'Don AllenThank you to DJ A'Don Allen, who handled all audio duties throughout the evening, and spun just the right mix of tunes, keeping the dance floor packed.

Thank you top Bobby K. Entertainment for running the always popular blackjack table, Jon Haeffner for his hilarious caricature portraits, Pleasant Valley Wine Company for their donation of cases of sparkling Wine, and Auctioneer Curt Connelly.

WGHH StaffThank you to the excellent staff at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel who were absolutely central to the event's success. They prepared delicious food, served up excellent beverages, assisted attendees whenever they needed help, kept the entrance damp with melted snow dry and safe, were unfailingly polite, and greatly contributed to the overall sense of joy that permeated the evening. 

Thank you to the following volunteers that helped in a variety of ways during the weeks and days leading up the event, as well as busy evening itself: Dianna Salamendra, Michel Ray, Jerine Faber, and Debbie Bartlett.

Liz SalamendraThank you to Liz Salamendra, Events Manager at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, for her robust work ethic, creativity, unfailing enthusiasm and determination, and for making the first Chamber Gala she produced such a resounding success! And thanks also to Chamber Board Chairperson, Amanda Socaris-Smith, for helping lead the awards and recognition ceremony. 

We are thankful for the many attendees that braved a frigid night, and some greasy roads, to attend this annual event. And we also thank Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, Congressman Reed's District Director Alison Hunt, and State Senator Tom O'Mara for not only joining us for this event, but also for helping present awards to the following:

Gala 2020 Award WinnersCommunity Spirit Award – awarded to a member of the Chamber (a business or an individual) that has demonstrated leadership and excellence in philanthropy. The Community Spirit Award winner also encourages civic initiatives, facilitates humanitarianism, and positively impacts their community. The Community Spirit Award was given to John KingVillage of Montour Falls Mayor.

Leader in Business – awarded to a member of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce that has made a dynamic contribution to the Schuyler County business community within the last decade, expanded the business mix in Schuyler County, and continues to foster economic opportunity, while assuming considerable risk and being a highly respected entrepreneur. The Leader in Business Award was given to Chicone Builders and Chicone Cabinetmakers.

Lifetime Achievement Award – awarded to a member who has taken business risks to create jobs or trade over a period of time and demonstrated staying power as an established business owner in Schuyler County. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Edward (Ted) Marks current owner of Atwater Estate Vineyards, among many other businesses over the past few decades. Mr. Marks’ daughter, Katie Marks, accepted the award on her father’s behalf.

The Max Neal Award – must have demonstrated consistent dedication, selflessness, faith, determination, and solid support in the future and well-being of the Chamber. This individual has made it clear to the community that they recognize the Chamber as their Schuyler County organization of choice and further, invests and mentors the future leadership of Schuyler County; must be well-respected, highly honored and beloved by the residents of Schuyler County. This individual must have served on a committee or board of directors or been employed by the Chamber for a minimum of five years. The Max Neal Award was given to Dennis Fagan, founder of Fagan Engineers and Land Surveyors, PC and longtime Schuyler County Legislator and past Chairman of the Schuyler County Legislature.

For a copy of this year's program, featuring many more details, click here.

And another hearty thank you to the event's Presenting Sponsor, Visions Federal Credit Union





Details on the packages are below, and for more information on these generous businesses and individuals, click on their link below, that are listed in no particular order:
AdeccoThe Arc of SchuylerAtlas Brick Oven PizzeriaBetsey HaleCaryn SharpeClassic Chef'sCorning Museum of GlassCrystal City Olive Oil, LLCEarthy ImaginationsElf in the OakEmily and Allen Peckham, Famous Brands OutletGeneva Glass CenterGLN Tax and PayrollGreat Escape & Everything Ice CreamGrist Iron Brewing CompanyLock 32 BrewingM&T BankNickel's Pit BBQNorth New York, LLC,  Pro Action of Steuben & Yates, Inc.Pudgies Pizza Watkins GlenRon RoneySamantha N' Moon PhotographyScale House BrewerySchuyler HospitalSeneca Cheese CompanySeneca Lake Brewing Company & The Beerocracy,  Seven Story BrewingThai ElephantThree Brothers Wineries & EstatesTrackside Pro Karting CenterTwin Tier Imaging SystemsValicenti Advisory Services, Inc.WMF DesignsYounique SalonBagley's Poplar Ridge VineyardsBillsboro WineryDamiani Wine CellarsDr. Konstantin Frank WineryForge CellarsFulkerson WineryGlenora Wine CellarsHazlitt 1852 VineyardsHector Wine CompanyJ.R. Dill WineryKnapp Vineyards Winery and RestaurantLakewood VineyardsLamoreaux Landing Wine CellarsSeneca Lake Wine TrailStarkey's LookoutWagner VineyardsWeis VineyardsBlack Button DistillingCameron Manufacturing & DesignCargill Salt, Inc.Chef Orlando of Graft Wine + Cider BarChemung Canal Trust CompanyDawn BurlewDistressed by Me DesignsElmira Savings BankFagan Engineers and Land Surveyors, PC,  Finger Lakes Boating MuseumFinger Lakes Cheese AllianceFinger Lakes DistillingFinger Lakes Sign & DesignFinger Lakes Soap CompanyFirstAIR Group, Inc.Hill Top Inn Restaurant, Banquets & CateringHunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C.Inner Peace FloatsInternational Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins GlenJerlando's Ristorante-Watkins GlenJoe FazzaryLake Country KennelsLakeside Veterinary ServicesLucky Star Chinese RestaurantMain Street DriversMengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., LLPNational Soaring MuseumOnKeuka! Outings On & Off the LakeParmenter, Inc.Plum  Point LodgeRasa Spa - Watkins GlenRed Newt Cellars Winery & BistroRoadmastersBuffalo Sabres Hockey TeamSapalta Dining at Plum Point LodgeTrue Love, Schooner ExcursionsSeneca Harbor StationSeneca Physical Therapy of the Finger Lakes, P.C.Seneca SolSilver Key Yoga StudioSimply Your Best Salon and SpaSirata Beach Resort on St. Pete BeachStewart P. WilsonStudio 33:55Syracuse University Orange FootballTaylor - The BuildersThe Inn at Glenora Wine CellarsThe Lodge at Grist Iron Brewing CompanyThirtyOne Gifts by Kristina CummingsTracy GatesVeraisons RestaurantVillage of Watkins Glen Police DepartmentWagner Hardwoods, LLCWalmart Super Center Watkins GlenWatkins Glen Harbor  HotelKOA Campgrounds Watkins Glen/CorningWatkins Glen Promotions, Inc.Watkins Glen Wine & SpiritsWatkins Glen SupplyWelliverWMF Designs.