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Ministry's Gala - fundraiser to help those in need

WARRENSBURG - The independent group that assists upcounty residents in need will be holding its fundraiser in several weeks, and the deadline for reservations is approaching.

On Friday May 1, North Country Ministry will hold its annual Spring Gala at the Fort William Henry Resort in Lake George. Tickets for this dinner-dance fundraiser are $50 per person. The evening will feature dancing to the Frank Conti Band.

Reservations for the Spring Gala are required and can be made by contacting J. Holwell, P.O. Box 61, Johnsburg, NY 12843, or calling 623-3057. The deadline for reservations is April 17.

In addition to dinner and dancing, the evening will include silent and live auctions conducted by Martin Seelye. Some of the items for bid include tickets to football games including a Notre Dame-Boston College showdown and a NY Giants game, clubhouse seats at the Saratoga Race Track, vacation time at a Lake George home, and the use of a condominium in Lake Placid, and stays at Adirondack resorts and lodges.

This event is being sponsored in part by Adventure Racing & Fun Park, Trustco Bank, Behan Communications, and Cronin Golf Resort. The event's media sponsors are the Adirondack Journal, News Enterprise, and Times of Ti, weekly newspapers of Denton Publications.

This year's event will honor Sister Mary Brady, who was instrumental in the founding of North Country Ministry in 1992. Since then she has overseen the agency's Baby's Place, which provides support, information, baby clothing and other necessities to parents and caregivers of young children. Baby's Place is located in the agency's locations in North Creek and Warrensburg.

North Country Ministry is an ecumenical, not-for-profit outreach organization that provides services to individuals and families in need in northern Warren County. The agency serves over 500 people monthly and covers an area over 600 square miles. Their services include supportive counseling, advocacy and referral, a meal site, a family clothing shop, furniture donations, an emergency assistance fund, parenting support, housing rehabilitation and adult living units. The recent addition of the Warrensburg outreach center has extended their services, providing a multitude of services to those in need.

"With lay-offs increasing, funding sources declining, and the need for assistance growing, North Country Ministry is there," agency spokeswoman Anne Smoczynski said. "Many find themselves deciding between paying the heating bill or buying groceries, buying medicine or buying clothing for their children, getting their car fixed to get to work or paying the rent, or even worse - having no funds to get them through."

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