LAKE GEORGE - A woman who has dedicated countless hours to help those in need was honored for her work during North Country Ministry's annual Spring Gala fundraiser held recently at the Fort William Henry Resort.
Sister Mary Brady was honored on the occasion of her 60th anniversary as a member of the Order of the Sacred Heart. She was commended as the founder of the North Country Ministry program "Baby's Place," which assists parents and caregivers of small children, providing support, information, baby clothing and other necessities through the agency's locations in North Creek and Warrensburg.
Brady, who directs a bimonthly playgroup in the Baby's Place program, was also instrumental in the creation of North Country Ministry 16 years ago.
Sister Linda Hogan and Jan Thurling spoke of Brady's special gifts to those she serves and works with, and Denise Conti sang a musical tribute to Sister Mary.
A record number of people attended this year's gala, which is the major fundraiser for North Country Ministry, according to agency representative Phyllis Meader of Lake George.
More than 200 people attended, a 17 percent increase from last year, Meader said.
"We had a very good turned out, and considering the economy and all, we were dumbfounded," she said. "When we were planning the gala, we were nervous, but the event turned out to be a big success."
The event raised donations of about $25,000, a substantial increase from last year.
Denton Publications, which publishes the Adirondack Journal, North Creek News-Enterprise and the Times of Ti, and other newspapers, was media sponsor of the Spring Gala, providing advertising and publicity.
The event included live and silent auctions, in which people bid on big-league sports events including tickets to a Giants-Red Sox game, a week-long getaway to a Lake Placid condominium, and furniture crafted by Richard Oullette of Warrensburg.