To the editor: Thanking community for success of 'Farm and Fork II'

To the editor:

On Aug. 26, CACDA presented "Farm and Fork II, Another evening with Beezie and John Madden." On behalf of the CACDA Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the fantastic success of this event.

We are especially grateful for the generosity of Beezie and John Madden, who opened their home and, as always, were truly gracious hosts. Together, they presented a unique opportunity for guests to view the riding skills of our local Olympic medal winner on her own Grand Prix course. Spectacular settings and interesting commentary by John made it an exceptional experience.

A very special "thank you" to our major sponsors, Neil and Robin Goldberg. Your support is truly valued and we welcome you to the community! Thank you to our Silver Sponsors: Betsy Powers - Sagemark Consulting/Lincoln Financial Advisors, and Oneida Savings; and our Bronze Sponsors, Cazenovia College, Johnson Brothers Lumber, Oneida Limited, Pelco Component Technologies, Pro-Tel People, Staffing Solutions, and Town and Country Plaza. Thanks also to our beverage sponsors, Canterbury Stables and Empire Brewing Company, and our entertainment underwriters, Steff and Barb Wolff. Assemblyman William Magee's presence and timely remarks about the importance of agriculture in our local economy were sincerely appreciated.

Additional support was provided by Michael Brennan, Camp Design, Canastota Publishing Company, Caz Limo, Inc., Ann Cross, Drover Hill Farm, Laurie Hunt, Ingallside Farm, Kimberly's Ice Cream, Lynde LaFever, Meadowood Farms, Morris Tent, P&C Fresh Market, Saratoga Spring Water Company and Tim Williams.

Thank you so much to all the businesses who contributed items for our silent auction, including: Barbara Kingsolver, Bylund Hill Stables, Canterbury Stables, Cazenovia Jewelry, Cazenovia Self Storage, Caz Cut Block, Chez Panisse/Alice Waters, Country Artist, Critz Farms, DB Landscaping, Flowers on Main Street, Heron Hill Winery, Hometown Specialties, Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health, Isabella, James & Chary Griffin, Thomas Keller (French Laundry), Larry & Glenda Wetzel, Lavender Blue, Lillie Bean, MacKinnon's Liquors, Maresella Galleries, Meadows Farm, Merial Ltd., Michael Pollan, Notleymere Cottage, Over the Moon/Saratoga Sweets, Profiterole, Show Trunk, Susan Sullivan Clark, Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Tournament, The Peppermill, Tizzy's, and Val Heishman. We really appreciate your help!

We are also grateful to the many volunteers who contributed their time, talent and expertise to make the evening possible. Thanks to our caterer, Suzanne Phillips, for the delicious food so professionally delivered. And finally, I would like to thank the CACDA Board of Directors, for their unstinting assistance and encouragement, and the Farm and Fork II committee members - Nancy Asher, Juanita Critz, Joan Green, Lynde LaFever, Lauren Lines, Helen Muller, Betsy Powers, Marjie Tormey and Barbara Wolff - for their tireless efforts in making this event such a huge success.

Barbara HendersonExecutive director, CACDA

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