Thank You for Dancing in the Woods

The 31st annual Dancing in the Woods was a huge success. So thank you to our generous sponsors and all who attended the 2014 gala at the Armory at Sage. Together, we raised more than $500,000 to support the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Save the Date

32nd Annual Dancing in the Woods
to benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders

December 4, 2015
The Armory at Sage
New Scotland Ave, Albany


In 30 years, Dancing in the Woods has raised more than $7 million to help support our dedicated team from the Melodies Center, the only childhood cancer center in northeastern New York. Click HERE to watch seven Melodies Center patients share how Albany Med's team of doctors, nurses and staff has helped them enjoy happy and healthy lives.

Thank you to our generous 2014 sponsors:


Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

 Diamond Sponsors


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)



About the Melodies Center

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Each year, Albany Medical Center's Melodies Center cares for more than 900 children bravely fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders. Today, a vast majority of them will become long-term survivors.

In addition to providing the latest, cutting-edge treatments right here in the Capital Region, the Melodies Center also offers our young patients and families so much more than the comfort of a home away from home; the strength, compassion and dedication of a loving extended family; and above all, hope for a happy and healthy future.

The success of the Melodies Center would not be possible without the support of a community that continually demonstrates its generous spirit by looking out for its children when they need it the most. 

To find out more, please visit the web page for the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.