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Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

This year's Saratoga Hospital Gala theme was "Havana Nights" and featured all things Cuba. (Dori Fitzpatrick)
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Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) John Lefner, Dr. Jennifer Lefner. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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Gloria Swiatek, Anthony Swiatek. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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Marylou Whitney (right) was among the guests at The Gala. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) Congressman Paul Tonko and one of his constituents. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) Wendy Lawrence, Jennifer Hennessy. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) Michael Billok, Tricia Mcgovern, Joyce Wolfe, Greg Champion. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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Brooke Farrington, Josh Nemer. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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Alice Corey, Mike Corey. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) Blair Ciccarelli, Nicole Ciccarelli, Morgan Donnarumma, Dr. Rob Donnarumma. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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(from left) Clark Brink, Paula Schewe, Sally King, Steve von Schenk. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

Saratoga After Dark: Saratoga Hospital Celebrates Cuba At Its 36th Annual Gala

Havana was the destination of choice at the Saratoga summer fundraising season's biggest VIP event. 

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Lisa Sasko, Jim Sasko. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

On August 1, more than 1000 guests showed up ready to party at Saratoga Hospital’s 36th Annual Gala, an elegant summer occasion with an exotic “Havana Nights” theme. The warm weather and live Latin music at the spacious Polo Meadow at the Saratoga Casino Hotel whisked guests away to an evening in the Cuban capital city—right here in Saratoga Springs.

The festive ambiance was made even more authentic by the Cuban-inspired cuisine, bright tropical decor and signature cocktails, and the outdoor location provided partygoers plenty of room to dance the night away. The event also included a live auction, which began with a tribute and toast to Amy Raimo, the Hospital’s former Vice President for Community Engagement and Executive Director of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, who died earlier this summer.

During the auction, honorary chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson purchased naming rights for the Hospital’s lawn jockey to memorialize Raimo and her generosity. Winning bidders of the 170-item auction contributed to the more than $300,000 raised to benefit the Saratoga Community Health Center, making this year’s Gala yet another successful one for Saratoga Hospital.

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Sarah Midani

Sarah Midani is a senior at Siena College, completing her BA in English. She's worked as an Editorial Assistant at saratoga living and is now a Contributing Writer.

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