I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing event on Thursday to help raise funds for such a great organization, Jake’s Help from Heaven. The foundation, started by local parents Heather and Brian Straughter, is dedicated to supporting individuals with multiple medical challenges. Their goal is to assist children and their families affected by debilitating illnesses including neurological impairments, mitochondrial and genetic disorders, and pediatric orthopedic problems, and they do a truly incredible job to raise funds and help individuals in need, their work is nothing short of life changing. Read more about their story and their foundation here.
This Thursday they are holding their 3rd Annual Saratoga’s Finest Fillies event at Vapor Night Club and everyone is welcome to come learn more about the organization while also having a great night out in Saratoga. If you’ve NEVER been to a fundraising event before, come to this one, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a fun, low-key event (everyone comes in cocktail wear, nothing too dressy or formal) and the format of the event is definitely unique. You can place bets on any of the “Fillies” (myself and my “trainer” Robin Dalton included) for only $10 a bet. Choose one or choose them all (or JUST CHOOSE JENNY AND ROBIN TO WIN), the funds raised go directly to Jake’s Help from Heaven.
The fun starts at 7pm at Vapor Nightclub this Thursday, and the “Post Positions” are picked promptly at 7:15. Bets close at 8pm and the game begins. A game of Plinko helps choose the winner, and if the filly YOU bet on wins the Plinko game you also have the chance to win some amazing prizes. There is also an overall winner for who raises the most funds, so please consider placing a little ten buck bet on me and Robin. If you can’t make it to the event, don’t sweat it. You don’t have to be at the event to bet, and tickets can be bought (and bets can be placed online) right here. But I urge you to make a night out of it with us and learn more about Jake’s Help from Heaven. Once you get to know more about what they do you will be hooked on helping them with their mission, I promise. Sam the Bugler will be there on Thursday, you can come have a drink, get something to eat from the buffets and bet on your fillies! If you must know about the other horses in the race, here is the complete lineup…
Beth Alexander, trained by Chef Jasper Alexander
Johanna Friedman, trained by Alison Robbens
Kelly Hite, trained by Susan Halstead
Julie Johnson, trained by Brian Straughter
Elaine Sillery, trained by Trina Lucas
Christianne Smith, trained by Jacob Hopper
Heather Straughter, trained by Jim LaVigne
Jenny Witte, trained by Robin Dalton
Melissa Zieker, trained by Traci Jersen
Last year, Beth Alexander won the PLINKO game with Johanna Friedman and yours truly taking up the rest of the winner’s places! Christianne Smith was the winning filly with most money raised, in collaboration with her trainer Jacob Hopper. Guests were eligible for great raffle prizes just for attending and betting! Angela Beddoe won a 3 night stay at the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach, FL. The Carlson family won an overnight at The Cooper Inn in Cooperstown, NY complete with breakfast and golf at Leatherstocking Golf Course. Robin Dalton won an overnight at her favorite staycation place – The Hampton Inn & Suites Saratoga Springs Downtown along with dinner for two at the Mexican Connection. Heather and Rocky Fresh won brunch for 4 at Hattie’s Restaurant and Kate and Andrew Jarosh won an amazing photo from Lisa Miller’s Foal Project. There is much to be won and much fun to be had, I hope to see some of you on Thursday, and place those bets! xoxo