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Today at Saratoga   Horse Racing

Started 7/26/07 by Guest; 2488 views.
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From: Guest

8/23/07

Thursday afternoon, August 23rd

It’s probably not a good idea to begin this report with disclaimers, but I’m a big fan of getting the bad stuff out of the way and leaving the good stuff until the end, so here goes:

 

Bummer #1)  You will notice the utter lack of photos of the Anna House event, and there are a few reasons for that.  1)  NOBODY was taking pictures of the speakers—nobody, except the press photographers.  I felt like a dope getting up from my table to get a better shot, so I didn’t.  I’m sorry—it was killing me not to take photos, but it seemed the right thing to do.  2)  The room was dim and pretty big, so I don’t think that they would have come out, anyway.  3)  My camera was acting pretty wonky.  A bummer…but I’ll try to paint word pictures instead.  =)

 

Bummer #2)  I have no idea what bids individual items brought; there were literally hundreds of items in the silent auction, and when time was up, a herd of volunteers swooped in (is that a mixed metaphor?  Can a herd swoop?  I don’t think so) to pick up the bid sheets.  I’m going to try to find out and get back to you.  The good news overall is that the event brought in about $300,000 for the children of Anna House—yippee!

 

Bummer #3)  There was not a chance of my picking up extra programs.  I browsed the tables at the end and didn’t find even ONE lying around—the programs were about 70 pages long, though, and the TWR ad is a full-page, full-color beauty.  I’m going to take a photo of it and post it—it really does look just like the flyer, but there’s something cool about seeing it in the book.

 

OK, so there’s the bad news…and really, it’s not so bad, is it?

 

The whole evening was terrific, and I hardly know where to start; be warned that this is a much-longer-than-typical report!  I hooked up with Martita late in the afternoon and drove her to the Gideon Putnam Hotel (where the event was held), which is in a beautiful state park on the edge of Saratoga.  We were not seated at the same table, and I lost sight of her for hours at a time…but I know that she had a wonderful time.  I drove her home and saw her again briefly this morning…more on that later.

 

The theme of the party was Western round-up, and there were many folks who came in full Western regalia; they looked terrific.  Unfortunately, this Brooklyn girl doesn’t have a lot in the way of Western wear, so I was one of the many in jeans and boots (not cowboy boots, alas…city boots); other folks wore generally casual clothes or summer dresses.  It was awfully nice to be comfortable and not worrying about what to wear. 

 

The first hour was the silent auction and cocktails:  hundreds and hundreds of items on offer on both sides of a long hall.  Among them:  signed photos of various horses on the finish line; wine baskets; a halter worn by Rags to Riches; baskets of books about horses and horse-racing; hotel stays; concert and sporting event tickets;  jewelry.  I knew that I wouldn’t be able to afford much of it, so I chatted during most of it instead of browsing…but I did head over to a wonderful framed photo of Rags...[Message truncated]
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From: Guest

8/23/07

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wow. Teresa, I have literally waited all day for this report- you made my birthday complete!
Thank you for being our roving reporter and sharing your experience.
I had no idea that such a high number of FOB helped with this, and am absolutely tickled to know this is the case!

Sorry that you didn't get photos, but that's okay. Word paintings are sometimes even better~
Anna

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PamelaH17

From: PamelaH17

8/23/07

WHAT A WONDERFUL THREAD! It makes me feel happy to be alive...and to be an FOB...and to have such wonderful friends who enrich my life so much! (yes, you can tell I don't get out much...LOL)

Seriously, thank you for these wonderful stories of beautiful Saratoga...and thanks to all who put in their two cents and make the thread come alive!

pamie

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melody1963

From: melody1963

8/23/07

Boy am I jealous of you. Wish I could have been there. Sounds like a fanastic time was had by all. Wish we could have gotten a copy of the program . I bet it was a great one. Can hardly wait so see our ad. Maybe we can print our own for souviners. I am so glad that you were there. I am so happy at the amount raised for Anna House.
Melody
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From: Guest

8/23/07

Here's a link to photos of the ad--I was very disappointed not to get copies of the program...but I did take mine home, and seriously, I am happy to send it out to people who want to see the whole thing--it could be like a big chain letter--we could see how long it takes to get back to me?  =)

http://s186.photobucket.com/albums/x243/TeresainNY/FoB%20ad%20in%20Anna%20House%20program/

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colette995

From: colette995

8/23/07

Teresa, it sounds like you had a fantastic time. I would have loved to have been there. Is it by invitation only? If not, it sure sounds like a function I'd love to attend next year. I am assuming it is held each year? You are so good to bring the whole evening to us so vividly. Thank you so much!! Colette
Guest

From: Guest

8/23/07

It is NOT by invitation only!  Anyone who wants to buy the ticket (this year $200) can attend...if you want advance notice, get on the BCCA mailing list, and you'll get a "save the date" and response card in the mail early in the summer. 

www.belmontchildcare.org

See you next August!

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colette995

From: colette995

8/23/07

That is a date, Teresa!! The $200 or so is for a good cause & not to mention a memorable evening. Thanks for the site to put my name on their mailing list. Colette
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From: Guest

8/23/07

Teresa, I would love to be a link in the 'chain' if you decide to pass it around~
your report glows.
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From: Guest

8/24/07


I am just about speechless! What an event and report. I am so glad you were able to have this experience, and shared it with us. It really is great that there are down to earth people in the big world of horse racing. And shows that you can still participate in events without being endlessly rich. That was a fine donation on your part, Teresa. We all appreciate it!
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