Friends of Bassett Invites You to Join Us On the Wild Side at 2015 New Year's Eve Gala

November 8, 2015

Tickets are selling quickly for the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network’s 2015 New Year’s Eve Gala. The event, now in its twenty-second year, is held annually at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit the Nightingale Fund for Nursing Excellence. The fund promotes education, research and excellence in nursing practice.

The gala takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31. The evening features cocktails and hors d’œuvres, a live auction with Dr. Donald Raddatz as auctioneer, a dinner buffet, open bars, dancing, a midnight champagne toast and fireworks.

The evening’s entertainment will feature the live band Chaser from New York City. Chaser has been performing for more than 25 years, and the eight-piece band features a unique blend of New York's finest professional musicians. Also, DJ Sound FX will liven up the crowd with a high-energy light show. Dancing will continue through midnight, when the champagne comes out and the fireworks begin.

The gala committee chair is Joan MacDonald. This year the gala auction committee is hosting a special live auction of unique and one-of-a kind items, including a one-week stay in a beautiful vacation home in Hilton Head, South Carolina; a 10-day stay in Penney Cottage in Heytesbury, England; and a getaway weekend at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, New York. To review all auction items, call the Friends office for a copy of the event program or visit the Friends website:

New this year is a special pre-auction “Best of Live” auction raffle. Each raffle ticket costs $100. Only 100 tickets will be sold. One lucky winner will take home the live auction item of their choice. The winning ticket will be drawn at the gala just before the live auction begins. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets must be purchased with cash only. To purchase a ticket, contact the Friends office at 607-547-3928.

The lead sponsor for the 2015 gala is SEFCU. Corporate sponsors are Apple Converting Inc., Drogen Electric Supply, Fidelis Care New York and NYCM Insurance. Supporting sponsors are Brewery Ommegang, KPMG LLP, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., MetLife, The Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley and Preferred Mutual Insurance Co. Participating sponsors are Bank of Cooperstown, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Cooperstown Dreams Park, DAVIN Informatics, KeyBank, Mirabito Energy Products, Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc., Rose & Kiernan, Inc., Tallman Enterprises Tree Service and Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe, LLP.

Tickets to the gala are $225 per person. Black tie is optional; valet parking is available. For more information, call the Friends Office at 607-547-3928. You can also purchase tickets online. Go to To accommodate guests of the gala, the Otesaga Resort Hotel has a special rate for an overnight stay and breakfast. Call 800-348-6222 for more information.

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