Skaneateles Historical Society raises $27K at gala

It truly was a night to remember as more that 280 guests packed into the Skaneateles Country Club for the Skaneateles Historical Society's "splashy event" -- Sailing Through History.

The Friday night affair brought the community together in an effort to raise funds for the Creamery expansion project and as of Sunday evening the non-profit organization had counted more than $27,000 raised for the expansion.

According to "commander" Ros Schwartz, the committee organizing the event was aiming to raise between $15,000 and $20,000, but with some items still awaiting payment the tally was over the $27,000 mark.

They were also planning to have around 200 guests, 35 silent auction items and five live auction items -- and greatly exceeded the planned numbers in all categories. Schwartz said the silent auction ended up with 80 items and the live auction had 12 big ticket items up for bid.

"All that adds up to one successful event that made the necessary income for the contractors to work more at and educate the public [about] the Creamery and showed off a local historic site via the discovery of a museum quality piece of artwork [the 'Glen Haven Water Cure'] loaned to us for the event," Schwartz said.

While supporters mingled, ate, drank and took in the sights of all the items up for bid, Master of Ceremonies Steve White and Skaneateles Historical Society President Karlene Miller gave introductions and thanked all those who came together to make the event possible.

Among those Miller thanked were honorary co-chairs for the evening Bill Allyn, Lew Allyn and Elsa Allyn Soderberg, along with architect Bob Eggleston who has completed work for the historical society pro bono.

"We keep the history of Skaneateles -- records of farms and homes and businesses," Miller said.

Additionally, the historical society stores cemetery records and has the ability to help with genealogical research for those researching family histories.

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