31st Annual Dancing in the Woods

Friday, December 5, 2014, will mark the 31st annual celebration of Dancing in the Woods to benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

As we move into the gala’s next decade, there is a new beginning for this time-honored holiday event. And importantly, the notion of new beginnings symbolizes the hope provided to young patients and their families at the Melodies Center every day – patients like Dante Gallucci of Rotterdam. Please take a moment to read about Dante’s journey.

With generous support from this annual event, the Melodies Center has grown into a regional health care resource that offers highly specialized and effective care, close to home, to 900 children and families annually. Your presence at Dancing in the Woods ensures that those who need the Melodies Center today can continue to count on it for a brighter tomorrow. We hope to see you on December 5 as we celebrate a new beginning for Dante and so many young people like him!

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Dancing in the Woods
Black Tie Gala

Title Sponsor

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
9 p.m. to midnight
The Armory at Sage
130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY

Music by Soul Session
Valet parking will be available.

Tickets are $250 per person.

Honorary Committee tickets are $300 per person; $600 per couple.
Names of Honorary Committee members will be included
in the commemorative program if registered by November 28.


A limited number of general admission tickets will be available.

For Dancing in the Woods event information, or to add yourself or a friend to the 2014 invitation list, please contact Katelyn Haskin at HaskinK@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-4267.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lori Kirch at KirchL@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-7845. 

  Thank you to our sponsors
 Title Sponsor

 Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Diamond Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Albany Med Leadership

Albany Medical Center enjoys generous support from those who know our institution best. The leaders listed below, including members of the Board of Directors and senior management, are serving as honorary committee members for our two signature events and contributing to the Fund for Albany Med in 2014. 

Judith and Raimundo C. Archibold
Jean and John Balint
Rose and Jim Barba
Pamela Sawchuk Brown
and Gordon E. Olson
Margot and Bryant Cassella
Annette and Ken Colloton
Trudy and Robert Cushing
Carole and Wayne Diesel
Sharon and William Duker
Louis D. Filhour and Stephen C. Hickey
Kim and Mark L. Fine
Phyllis and Steven Frisch, MD
Maureen F. and John S. Harris
Lori and Scott J. Houghtaling
The Honorable Gerald D.
and Mary Ann Jennings
Rosemary and Gary Kochem
Bernice and Kevin Leyden
Carleen and Chris Madden
Murray C. Massry

Sheila and Ira Mendleson
Karen and Dennis P. McKenna, MD, ’92
Karen Writer and John J. Nigro
Lisa and Daniel O’Brien
Carrie and John B. O’Connor
Sari and Kevin O’Connor
Bernadette and Jim Pedlow
Jen and Dan Pickett
Mary Ellen and Derek Plass
Joni Goldberg and
Henry Pohl, MD
Ann and John Robinson
Gail and Robert Schwartz
Christine L. Standish and
Christopher H. Wilk
Mary Ellen and Anders Tomson
Janet and Ned Trombly
Meghan and Omar Usmani
Mary Ellen Ehlers, MD,
and Ferdinand Venditti, Jr., MD
Lou-Ann and Vince Verdile, MD, ‘84


2014 Dancing in the Woods Honorary Committee

Dawn Abbuhl, PhD
Brian Akley
William F. Allen
Karla Austin
Donna M. Banewicz
Patricia A. Bashford
David Beck, FACP, MD, ‘54
Karen and Edward V. Bennett, MD
Deborah and John D. Bennett, MD
Francine and Steven Berg
Kathryn and Patrick Biel
Karen and Tom Birdsey
Stephen H. Bobarakis, Jr., Esq.
Jeremy Bond
Maria T. Boulos, MD, ‘94
and Alan S. Boulos, MD, ‘94
Laura and Lewis W. Britton III, MD
Mary E. Burgess
Anthony E. Carnicelli
Nancy Carey Cassidy and
Thomas Cassidy
Michael J. Castellana
Darlene and David A. Clark, MD
Michael A. Cocca, Jr.
Rufus Collea, MD, ’97
Constance and Thomas D’Ambra
Chris Del Vecchio
Ellen and Harry J. DePan, MD, ‘78
Jamie and John DePaola
Teri R. Devine
James Diamantopoulos
Matthew R. DiCaprio, MD
Tara and Darryl DiRisio, MD
Nancy and Thomas Dolin
Marty Dunbar
Cynthia and Joseph Farone
Amy and Michael Fusco
Janet E. Gargiulo, MD, ‘79
James Gaspo
Maureen Geis
Debra A. Giagni
Mary and Peter Gillies
Denise Gonick
Alice Oldfather and Jeffrey Gordon
Marla and Alexander Gozman, MD
Ethel Graber
Jacquie and Tom Grande
Brian Griffin
Charlotte and William Hasslebarth
Kim and Todd Helfrich
Sue and Jim Hens
George T. Hickman
David and Denise Horan
The Honorable Jaclyn Brilling
and Michael Horgan, MD, ‘80
Dan Jacques
Robert J. Jones
Vikramjit Kanwar, MRCP, MBA
Babs and Kevin Kiley, MD
Autumn and Chris King, MD

Regina Resta, MD, and
Michael Kolodziej, MD
Susanne Kreiewberg, MD,
and Paul Kreiewberg, MD
Kathy Lanni
John F. LaRow
Jim Lennon
Martha L. Lepow, MD
Reba Schecter and Marc J. Lifset
Concetta R. Lomanto, Esq.
Cathy and Thomas G. Lozier
John A. MacAffer
Diane and Guy Maddelone
Joan and Steven Martin
Esther and Morris Massry
Micki and Norman Massry
Kathryn and Chester L. Matthews
James P. McPartlon III
John F. Murray, Jr.
Nancy and Bruce Nash, MD, ’78
Anne G. Nepo, MD, and Hal Nepo
The New England Nanny
Joseph R. Nicolla
Stephen J. Obermayer
Maureen E. O’Brien and Paul F. Vogt, MD
Debra and Dick Oliver
Karen and Chet Opalka
Dennis O’Shaughnessy Jr.
Kate Otis
Janice and Angelo Pastizzo
Lauren Payne and Robert Clancy
Jeffrey K. Pintuff
Mary and Arthur Prostick, Esq.
Elizabeth Gallagher and
Robert A. Rausch, Esq.
Marna and Earl T. Redding, Esq.
Lisa and Malcolm Z. Roth, MD
Fardin Sanai
Lisa A. and Jeffrey B. Scott
Susan Scrimshaw, PhD,
and Allan Stern
Kerry and Tom Selfridge
Jan and Stan Smith
Eugene Sneeringer, Esq.
Robert Sneeringer, Esq.
Sheila & Lawrence Spraragen*
Hyacinth Mason, PhD,
and Steven Stain, MD
Diane and Jeff Stone
Edwin J. Tobin, Esq.
The Tomson Family
Lynette and Michael Tucker
Michele and John Vagianelis, Esq.
Erin Vestal and Ronald D’Alessandro*
Joseph F. Vitale
Gerald E. Wainman
Joshua S. Wainman
Sarah and Bruce White, DO, JD, MS
Nini Wu, MD
David Zapata

*Deceased (As of 10/23/14)

For Dancing in the Woods event information, or to add yourself or a friend to the 2015 invitation list, please contact Katelyn Haskin at Haskink@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-4267.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lori Kirch at KirchL@mail.amc.edu or 518-262-7845.

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