By James Lambert
College of St. Joseph’s 18th annual Night of Italian Arias raised $2,374 for the CSJ Annual Fund for student scholarships through ticket sales and the accompanying silent auction and raffle.
“William Hicks assembled a wonderful cast of performers who delighted the audience by singing favorite selections from popular operas,” according to Bates Childress, director of development & alumni relations.
For a short time, it was literally the hottest show in town, after an air conditioner malfunction. But, cooler heads prevailed, and soon enough the AC was firing on all cylinders, Childress said.
The performers included Suzanne Kantorski-Merrill, mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel, tenor Cooper Nolan, baritone Jonathan Hare, and musical director and pianist William Hicks.
Sister Mary Harvey was once again the top 50/50 raffle ticket seller at 84 tickets. The raffle winner will receive $655.
More than 20 businesses and organizations donated a variety of items to the silent auction. They are Bouchard Photography, Best Western Inn & Suites, Killington Music Festival, The Hyde Collection, Holiday Inn, The Sembrich, Glens Falls Symphony, Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruises/Spirit of Ethan Allen, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, LaValley Building Supply, Three Tomatoes, Beauchamp & O’Rourke Pharmacy, Birdseye Diner, Green Mountain Coins, A Crust Above, Park Place, Gringo Jack’s, Table 24, Johnny Boys Pancake House, Tatersall’s Clothing Emporium, Ted’s Pizza Shop, and The Fun Spot.
Thank you to all of the donors, staff and volunteers who contributed to this great night.