Community Caregivers 21st Annual Gala

DancingAlbany, NY:    The annual Community Caregivers Gala will be held on November 14, 2015, at the Colonie Golf & Country Club in Voorheesville, NY.

This annual event features cocktails (6pm), dinner (7pm), silent and live auctions and dancing to the music of The Bluz House Rockers (9pm). Tickets are $125 per person and the deadline for making reservations is November 2. All proceeds go directly to providing services and programs for clients, caregivers and their families.

Major sponsors for the evening include Adirondack Environmental Services, Albany Medical Center, CDPHP, GCom Software, Inc., the New York State Funeral Directors Assoc., PBR Printing, The Times Union, and Wells Fargo.

Community Caregivers will be presenting two awards at this year’s Gala. “We are extremely proud to honor James J. Barba, President and CEO of Albany Medical Center, and Midge McGraw Bulgaro, Community Caregivers Board Member,” said Edna Mae Reilly, Board President. “Both individuals understand the needs of caregivers and have responded to those needs through their commitment, dedication and actions.”

Mr. Barba will receive the Joseph A. Bosco Community Services Award. This award is given to an individual who has been a leader in community service. In addition to Mr. Barba’s responsibilities at AMC, he serves on the board of directors of the Health Care Assoc. of NYS and the Park Playhouse and co-chairs Governor Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development Council. He has received the UAlbany’s Citizen Laureate award, as well as many other awards from Capital Region organizations.

Mrs. Bulgaro will receive the Victor G. Ross Community Caregivers Founders Award. This award recognizes contributions to the long-term success of the Community Caregivers program. Mrs. Bulgaro has been a member of the board of directors for 13 years. She has served as President and Vice President and has co-chaired the Golf and Gala Committees several times. She is also a tireless volunteer. Career-wise, Mrs. Bulgaro spent 24 years in NYS government, including the NYS Assembly, Department of Labor and Governor’s Office of Counsel and OMRDD. After her public service career, she was Vice President for Government Affairs for AmeriChoice, Inc. Her experience and expertise have been very important to the programmatic and financial success of Community Caregivers.

Many individuals and businesses have generously donated prizes for the silent and live auction and it’s always a fun night out. Won’t you join us? Check the website — www.communitycaregivers.org — for additional information.