The Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting reception
The Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting reception and roundtable discussion supporting the Museum of Political Corruption gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. http://www.museumofpoliticalcorruption.org.
Holiday Kickoff for the St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation
St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation hosts its 19th annual Holiday Kickoff event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. The event features gourmet food, music, cocktails and more. https://www.givetostpeters.org.
Auction Gala for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s annual Auction Gala begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Saratoga Springs City Center. https://regionalfoodbank.net.
Price Chopper Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
The Price Chopper Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park opens Friday. Tens of thousands of lights illuminate Albany’s Washington Park through Jan. 3. Proceeds benefit the Albany Police Athletic League. http://www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com.
Girls on the Run Capital Region Fall 5K Celebration
The third annual Girls on the Run Capital Region Fall 5K Celebration is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch in Albany. https://www.gotrcr.org/5K.
Daughters of Sarah’s 11th Annual Mystery Challenge
Daughters of Sarah’s 11th Annual Mystery Challenge at the New York State Museum is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinner and auction, along with a quests throughout the museum’s exhibits. http://www.daughtersofsarah.org
Albany Center Gallery’s Future 40 Gala
Albany Center Gallery hosts its Future 40 Gala, an evening of art, food and auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. http://albanycentergallery.org.
Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
11th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 18 at Shepard Park Beach, Lake George. events.nyso.org/master.
Troy Turkey Trot
The annual Troy Turkey Trot steps off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day in downtown Troy. There will be a 10K and 5K race, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk. http://www.troyturkeytrot.com/
The Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot
The Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot begins 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Proceeds benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation scholarship endowment. http:// www.christopherdaileyfoundation.com.
Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner
The Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner brings together hundreds of people to cook and serve meals for people in need in the Capital Region. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve and deliver food. Call 434-0131.
Dancing in the Woods gala
Albany Medical Center’s 34th annual Dancing in the Woods gala takes place Dec. 1. Proceeds support the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med. Details to come: https://community.amc.edu.
The Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital hosts its annual Snow Ball Dec. 2 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. All proceeds benefit the William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services at Saratoga Hospital. http://www.saratogahospital.org.
North Country Festival of Trees
The 26th annual North Country Festival of Trees supports the Prospect Center, a nonprofit agency for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The display is open Dec. 1-3 at the Queensbury Hotel. http://prospectcenter.com.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
The 2017 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is Dec. 2 at the Halfmoon Town Park. Call 831-4202.
Schenectady Festival of Trees
The 11th annual Schenectady Festival of Trees runs Dec. 3-23 at the Schenectady County Historical Society and Schenectady YWCA. Visit http://www.schenectadyhistorical.org.
Last Run 5K
St. Peter’s Cardiac & Vascular Center hosts the Last Run 5K at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in downtown Albany. The race is followed by a party and fireworks show for all registered runners. http://www.albanyevents.org.
Melodies of Christmas concert
The Melodies of Christmas concert returns Dec. 14-17 at Proctors in Schenectady. The Empire State Youth Orchestra and Chorale perform holiday favorites with funds raised benefiting the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. http://www.proctors.org.
First Night Saratoga
First Night Saratoga 2017 kicks off at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 in downtown Saratoga Springs with dozens of musical, dancing and children’s events, along with fireworks. The event is presented by and benefits the Saratoga Arts Council. http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight
Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival
Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival, Wine & Dine for the Arts, Jan. 11-13. The three-day food extravaganza features tastings, chef competitions and a gala. The goal of the event is to provide sustainable funding to support and preserve the not-for-profit arts community in Albany. http://www.albanywinefest.com/arts.php
A Purple Tie Affair
A Purple Tie Affair to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Nick’s Fight to Be Healed Foundation for Pediatric Cancer starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, at the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame. http://www.purpletieaffair.org/.
Hattie’s Mardi Gras 2018
Hattie’s Mardi Gras 2018 benefiting AIM Services, Inc. kicks off at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. There will be music by Soul Sessions and Garland Nelson, treats by Chef Jasper Alexander and more.
Be on the lookout for the following events:
Ellis Medicine’s Annual Winter Gala; The Bartenders Ball to benefit Wellspring; Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Annual Playathon; The Timesunion.com/table-hopping Mac & Cheese Bowl to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Caucus; the Capital Region Wine Festival, Romancing the Grape to benefit Proctors; Shellstrong Foundation’s Spirits For Strength Celebration; Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Winter Ball; Albany Pro Musica’s annual gala.
There will be galas and fundraisers throughout the Capital Region, including:
The Backstage Ball to benefit Albany’s Palace Theatre; Albany Institute of History & Art’s Hudson Valley Hops; Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region’s annual Dinner and Auction; Woodland Hill Montessori School Gala; the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany’s annual celebration; Seton Health Foundation’s annual “Hopscotch & Slide” fundraiser; Arts Center of the Capital Region’s annual gala; the 2018 Albany Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society; the Go Red for Women Luncheon; WildWood Stock 2018, St. Catherine’s Center for Children Annual Golden Age of SCCCript & SCCCreen Gala; the American Cancer Society’s Gala of Hope; Capital Roots Spring Brunch; Walk MS 2018; the American Heart Association’s Capital Region Heart Walk; the 2018 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge; the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis; the Go Red for Women Luncheon, a benefit for the American Heart Association; the Freihofer’s Run for Women; the Center for Disability Service’s annual “An Aficionado Experience”; Opera Saratoga’s Annual Gala.
The social season always swings in the summer. Soirees to expect include:
Summer Evening in Saratoga, a benefit for Seton Health Foundation; the annual Siro’s Cup to benefit the Center for Disability Services; Albany Medical Center’s annual Light Up the Night gala; CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services’ An Unbridled Affair; the 2018 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Ballet Gala; Teresian House Foundation annual Friendraising Gala; Saratoga Bridges’ annual White Party; the 65 Roses Gala benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northeastern NY; and Polo by Twilight Benefit for Palamountain Scholarships at Skidmore College; Hay, Oats, & Spaghetti to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Also: the annual Travers Wine Tasting to benefit Senior Services of Albany’s Meals on Wheels program; the Dance Gala to benefit the National Museum of Dance; the Saratoga Hospital Foundation Summer Benefit Auction at Polo Meadows at Saratoga Casino and Raceway; An August Evening in Saratoga to benefit the Mental Health Foundation; Equine Advocates Annual Awards Dinner & Charity Auction; Fabulous Fillies Day at Saratoga Race Course to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; Brookside Museum’s (Saratoga County Historical Society) annual Jailhouse Rock run; the annual St. Jude Gala in Saratoga Springs; and Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival’s Live on Stage gala.
Autumn is a popular time of year for fundraising 5K runs and walks, including:
The Walk for Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research; AIDS Walk 2018; Making Strides for Breast Cancer; the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; Walk & 5K Run for Autism; Great Pumpkin Challenge to Benefit Saratoga Bridges, To Life! Pink Ball; Albany Barn’s Fusion fundraiser; The Masquerade to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities; Annual Northeast Kidney Foundation Chili Challenge; Pride Center Gala; Corks, Forks & Brews to benefit the Saratoga Center for the Family; Annual Celebration of HOPE Gala for Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist.