Bassett's Valentine's Soiree Raises $150,000

February 20, 2017

Soiree.jpg “More than 400 guests joined the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network at the first Valentine’s Soiree. The event raised nearly $150,000 in support of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) John May Farm Safety Fund. (

The live auction and raffles contributed nearly $27,000 of the total proceeds. The Otesaga Hotel hosted the event, while DJ Sound FX provided entertainment throughout the night. Local beer, wine and spirit vendors offered product tastings that were expertly paired with the Otesaga’s desserts. A special thanks to Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, Pail Shop Winery, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewery, Cooperstown Distillery and 1857 Spirits at Barber’s Farm Distillery for their participation.

 As Joshua Truman, executive director, Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, observed, “We are very appreciative of the continued support from our sponsors for Bassett programs and initiatives. The proceeds of this year's event will have a profound impact on the safety of our local farmers. It is also the dedication and commitment of our volunteers that made the Valentine’s soiree the success that it was.”

A special thank you to lead sponsor, SEFCU; corporate sponsors: Brewery Ommegang, Drogen Electric Supply, Fidelis Care New York, G&T Farm LLC and NYCM Insurance; supporting sponsors: KPMG LLP, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., The Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp., Preferred Mutual Insurance Co., and Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe LLP; and participating sponsors: Bank of Cooperstown, Commercial Investigations LLC, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Cooperstown Dreams Park, DAVIN Informatics, EPIC Landscapes, Inc., Mirabito Energy Products, Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc., and Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

Gala chair Julie Sorensen, PhD, NYCAMH director, credited the efforts of members of the soiree committee and auction committee, volunteers who worked tirelessly with the Friends’ fund development staff throughout the year. The 2017 soiree committee was composed of Kathleen Avery, Linda Gable, Marilyn Garman, Andi Gulotta, Justine Johnson, Hannah Kinzelmann, Jen Kubis, Joan MacDonald, Carol Mahon, Cindy Seward, Jean Stabinski and Carrie Thompson. Serving on the auction committee were co-chairs Gayle Smith and Melissa Manikas, along with Deb Dalton, Colleen Donnelly, Andi Gulotta, Ursula Hage, Liane Hirabayashi, Melissa Horsman, Alissa Kent, Wendy Kiuber, Laura Sikkema, Julie Sorensen and Susan Stried.

The Friends would also like to extend a special thank you to the Bassett grounds crew and carpentry shop, Carol Waller and her staff at Mohican Flowers, and the staff at the Otesaga.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Sheila LeMaster at the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network office: 607-547-4799.

PHOTO CAPTION: John (center) and Amanda May (left), event honorees, welcome guests to the 2017 Valentine’s Soiree along with Dr. Vance Brown (right), president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network.

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