Community Caregivers 24th Annual Gala raises $68K

Ellen Howie is recognized by Congressman Paul Tonko as she and her husband, Dick, were honored for their service to Community Caregivers — they have volunteered since 1995 — and for their 60th wedding anniversary. Dick Howie was ill the evening of the gala and couldn’t attend.

Community Caregivers, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life within their homes and communities, has announced its 24th annual gala raised $68,000.

Held Nov. 17 at Albany Country Club in Voorheesville, the gala was attended by more than 165 people.

The evening featured silent and live auctions and a wine-and-dine pull. Greg Floyd, news anchor at CBS 6 Albany, served as this year’s master of ceremonies. The board of directors wishes to thank gala sponsors Adirondack Environmental Services, Albany Med, Ayco Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, MVP Health Care, Dr. Judith Mysliborski, New York Business Development Corporation, and United Group of Companies.

At the gala, Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat representing the Capital Region, presented a proclamation to Community Caregivers Advisory Board member Ellen Howie. She and her husband, Dick, have volunteered with the organization since 1995. The couple also recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

During the event, the board presented the Joseph A. Bosco Community Service award to the Capital Financial Planning Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was started in 2009 by Todd Slingerland, president and chief financial officer of Capital Financial Planning, a registered advisory investment firm located in Guilderland.

The foundation has helped to bolster the many efforts of not-for-profit organizations, including those dedicated to fighting disease and hunger, enhancing education and youth development, supporting veterans and the elderly, and working to address problems such as domestic violence and homelessness.

Each year, the foundation raises funds through its golf outing and selects a primary beneficiary to receive donations and grants. In 2018, the foundation selected Community Caregivers.

Editor’s note: Jayson White is a Community Caregivers board member and chairs its public relations committee.