Syracuse Habitat for Humanity‘s main fundraising event to benefit Women Build, held yesterday at Drumlins Country Club, was one of their best yet. Switching the venue was a great move from BizEventz Director, Joyl Clance. It felt a bit more intimate and there was plenty of free parking- more money for raffle tickets, ha!. LIsa Chelenza was the Emcee for the night; the woman is super funny! And of course sound and visuals by my boy Chris Tracy from Visual Technologies from on point.
The reception hosted a variety of appetizers and a cash bar with live music by the talented Michael Kelly of Slow Train . The Silent Auction Items included a variety of beautiful art pieces, MacKenzie-Childs goodies, and Syracuse’s Crunch packages, among others. There were also two pretty happy buckets for raffle going around full of fun..and I spotted, Life of Reilley, LOR in that bucket of happiness – Below is also a picture of Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett, doing his thing selling raffle tickets for those baskets.
Photo booth by Bill, Herloski, from Premierbooth is always a hit!
Now on to the live auction. The live Auction opened up with Lisa Chelenza introducing Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, for Syracuse Habitat. Suzanne shared a great back story of how and why Mr. Habitat got started; funny, ask her if you get the pleasure of meeting her. Here she is with Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett,
As always, Lisa kept things moving and real on stage. The contestants were all great, but since I love to dance, my favorites were Roberto Perez from La Familia de la Salsa, whose hips moves had the ladies screaming for Salsa lessons – It is no surprise his auctioned package went for higher than its value. My girl Melissa Vassenelli from Dancing with Our Stars and Redhouse’s Stephford Brunson’s, also from Dancing with Our Stars, danced a pretty great “Cha, Cha” so much fun! Some of the other live auction items included: On-Air time and a tour at TK99, Golf lessons with Mark DeAngelis, Jr. from Mark Antony Homes (pretty handsome fellow), Shawn Reidy from Anheuser-Busch had a package which included Yankee Tickets and a tour of their plant. last but not least, 2016 Mr. HabitatAaron Santangelo, from Northland Communications who auctioned off a great package, but all I remember and I am sure must of the ladies, was his tech services and handy work around the house. There was a bit of a bid war going on with the ladies, for his package; a Technician and a handyman? It sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn’t it.. ha!
It was a really fun night, very happy to be part of this fundraising event to keep helping our community. Below is a picture of all the contestants, accompanied by Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, Syracuse Habitat, Lisa Chelenza from TK99 and Joyl Clance Director at BizEventz. Until next time, This is ana gil-taylor, Thanks for reading! And if you have an event coming up and would like it documented, feel free to contact me.
I leave you with a picture of yours truly and Joyl from BizEventz before the event, and Lisa Chelenza and I goofing off at the end of the night 🙂
Want to see more pictures from the night? Visit my website here to view the entire gallery. Have fun! XO ana