St. Joseph's to hold annual gala

St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation will host its annual black tie optional gala dinner dance on June 3. The event, which netted more than $304,381 last year, will be held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino with a "green and silver eco-chic" theme.

The theme celebrates the first stage of one of the largest "green" building projects in Upstate New York - St. Joseph's emergency services building - as well as the 20th year of successful galas held to support St. Joseph's many programs and services.

Presenting sponsor is Central New York Infusion Services, LLC; gala co-chairs are Drs. Susan Merola-McConn and Mark McConn, and Dr. Alan and Mrs. Deborah Simons.

Cocktails begin at 6:45 p.m. in the event center atrium with dinner to follow at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom. Dancing will be to the live music of Atlas.

In addition, this year's gala features "Champagne 'On Ice'" by Cazenovia Jewelry. One lucky guest will take home a pair of one-carat total weight diamond stud earrings. 100 guests will have the opportunity to purchase a glass of champagne for a $75 donation to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. Each glass will contain a pair of stud earrings; however, only one glass will contain "real" diamonds. Ralph Monforte of Cazenovia Jewelry will be on-site to tell you if yours are "the real thing," or simply an elegant pair of cubic zirconias.

Proceeds from the gala are used to support St. Joseph's programs and services. Tickets to the event are $200 per person; $300 per patron and $3,000 per patron table. A discounted room rate is available at Turning Stone until May 3, for those attending St. Joseph's gala.

To RSVP by May 6, contact St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation at 315-703-2137 or email foundation@sjhsyr.org. For more information, visit the website at sjhsyr.org/foundation.

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