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Albany Medical Center Foundation

30th Anniversary Celebration of Dancing in the Woods


To register online for the 30th anniversary Dancing in the Woods gala, please click HERE.

Thirty years ago a group of friends gathered to celebrate the holiday season and raise funds for the childhood cancer program at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Dancing in the Woods evolved into the most successful and longest-running fundraising event in our region, raising $6.5 million for this program critical to thousands of children and families since 1983.

Dancing in the Woods co-founders Nancy Carey Cassidy and George McNamee from the first event in 1983.
Click HERE to read about how
Dancing in the Woods
began 30 years ago

With support from this annual event, the
Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders has grown into a regional health care resource that offers highly specialized and effective care to children and their families faced with life-threatening illnesses.

Three decades of generous community support of the Melodies Center mean that families confronted with this heart-breaking diagnosis can find the care they need close to home, right here at Albany Med – a sure comfort at a time of great unease and uncertainty.

Please join us for an evening of elegance, on Friday, December 6, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dancing in the Woods – along with 30 years of generosity and 30 years of supporting brighter tomorrows for the hundreds of children treated at the Melodies Center each year.  

Much has changed over the years, but the effort of the community on behalf of the children of Albany Medical Center has not. 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.

Dancing in the Woods
Black Tie Anniversary Ball

Title Sponsor

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
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 Nov. 27.


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 2013 invitation list, please contact Jenny Nagengast at NagengJ@mail.amc.ed or 518-262-3835.

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


2013 Dancing in the Woods Honorary Committee

Dawn Abbuhl, PhD
Kelsey Allen and Adam Knaust
William F. Allen
Donna M. Banewicz
Rose and Jim Barba
Patricia A. Bashford
David Beck, MD '54
Karen and Edward V. Bennett, MD
John D. Bennett, MD
Kathryn and Patrick Biel
Stephen H. Bobarakis, Jr., Esq.
Maria Boulos, MD '94
and Alan Boulos, MD '94
The Honorable Jaclyn Brilling
and Michael Horgan, MD '80
Laura and Lewis W. Britton III, MD
Pamela Sawchuk Brown
Mary E. Burgess
Lisa and William Canale
Tony Carnicelli
Margo and Bryant Cassella
Nancy Carey Cassidy
and Thomas Cassidy
Michael J. Castellana
Darlene Clark and David Clark, MD
Michael A. Cocca, Jr.
Annette and Ken Colloton
Monika and Charles Cronin
Trudy and Robert Cushing
Lori and J. Robert Daggett
Erin Vestal and Ronald D'Alessandro
Thomas Daley, Esq.
Gennaro Daniels, MD
Julie and R. Clement Darling III, MD
John T. DeCelle
Marybeth and C.J. DeCrescente
Laura and Bill Dehmer
Ellen and Harry J. DePan, MD '78
Jamie and John DePaola
Teri Devine
Matthew R. DiCaprio, MD
Carole and Wayne Diesel
Tara and Darryl J. DiRisio, MD
Alyson and Hugh Donlon
Maureen O'Brien Donovan
Martin Dunbar
Harry Dunn, MD
Cynthia and Joseph Farone
Theresa and Hermes Fernandez
Helen Luciw Figge
Louis D. Filhour and Stephen C. Hickey
Kim and Mark Fine
David Ford, MD
George Fox
Anthony Frank
Phyllis and Steven Frisch, MD '79
Amy and Michael Fusco
Elizabeth Gallagher
and Robert A. Rausch, Esq.
Janet E. Gargiulo, MD '79
James Gaspo
Tamara and Bob Gatchell
Mary and Peter Gillies
Ethel Graber
Brian Griffin
Diana and David Hannoush
Maureen and John Harris
William and Charlotte Hasselbarth
Stanley Hayes
Kim and Todd Helfrich
Sue and Jim Hens
George T. Hickman
Lisa and Tim Higgins
Peter J. Hildreth
Carrie Hillenbrandt
Ann and Fred Hinrichsen
Barbara and James G. Hoehn, MD
Tom Holliday
Lori and Scott Houghtaling
Michael Hyman
Mayor Gerald D. Jennings
Vikramjit S. Kanwar, MD
Elena and AJ Kean
Autumn and Chris King, MD

Jocelyn and Robert Kivort
Regina Resta, MD
and Michael Kolodziej, MD
Kimberly and Richard Kranick
Robert J. Kuelzow
Wendy and Joseph Lanaro
John LaRow
Jim Lennon
Martha L. Lepow, MD
Bernice and Kevin Leyden
Karen and Alan Lobel
Concetta Lomanto, Esq.
Paul Loomis
Cathy and Thomas Lozier
Nancy and Jeffrey Lozman, MD '72
Carleen and Chris Madden
Joan and Steven Martin
Anne Marie and Thomas Marusak
Hyacinth Mason, PhD
and Steven Stain, MD
Micki and Norman Massry
Kathryn and Chester Matthews
Karen and Dennis P. McKenna, MD '92
Manish Mehta, MD, MPH
Sheila and Ira Mendleson IV
Eric S. Molho, MD '87
Nancy and Bruce Nash, MD '78
Anne G. Nepo, MD and Hal Nepo
Leslie J. Newman
and Mark J. Rosen
Joseph Nicolla
John J. Nigro
Stephen J. Obermayer
John O'Brien
Kelly O'Brien
Lisa and Daniel O'Brien
Carrie and John O'Connor
Sari and Kevin O'Connor
Brian O'Grady
Alice Oldfather and Jeffrey Gordon
Debra and Richard Oliver
Gordon E. Olson
Kate Otis
Janice and Angelo Pastizzo
Lauren Payne and Robert Clancy
Laura Petrovic
Bill Picotte
Jeffrey K. Pintuff
Joanne C. Porter, MD
and Richard L. Porter
MaryAnn Randall and Marc J. Lifset
Alan Rauch, MD
Marna and Earl T. Redding
Ann and John Robinson
Amy and Peter Romano
Lisa and Malcolm Z. Roth, MD
Timothy Rubery
Cheryl and Dean Rueckert
Carol and Scot Salvador
Lisa A. and Jeffrey B. Scott
Kerry and Tom Selfridge
Kenneth Shapiro
Cynthia Shenker
Jan and Stan Smith
Eugene Sneeringer
Robert Sneeringer
Shelia and Lawrence Spraragen
Diane and Jeff Stone
Vera and Gary Sutter, MD '76
Anders Tomson
The Tomson Family
Janet and Ned Trombly
Leah and Tom Tyrrell
Sue and Bob Ungerer
Meghan and Omar Usmani
Michele and John Vagianelis
Kurt Van Wagenen
Mary Ellen Ehlers, MD
and Fred Venditti, Jr., MD
Gerald E. Wainman
Joshua S. Wainman
Ann and Jeff Wendth
Sarah and Bruce White, DO, JD, MS
Jeffrey L. Williams
Denise and Curtis Wilsey

Maureen O'Brien-Donovan was featured speaker for the 2012 gala, sharing the story of her son Gabe, his battle with neurofibromatosis, and their families relationship with the Melodies Center.

View the video

Click here to listen to Silent Night, sung by the Melodies Singers.

The performance of Silent Night by some of the Melodies Singers was a beautiful addition to 2012's Dancing in the Woods. Their performance drew a standing ovation from the more than 400 at the pre-party program.

View the Video

For Dancing in the Woods event information, or to add yourself or a friend to the 2013 invitation list, please contact Jenny Nagengast at NagengJ@mail.amc.ed or 518-262-3835.

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