Cancer benefit replaces village holiday party

LAKE GEORGE - The village of Lake George is replacing its annual employee holiday party with a public fundraiser for long-time village worker Reggie Burlingame.

All in the area are invited to the event, set for Saturday Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at King Neptune's Pub in downtown Lake George.

Reggie is presently fighting a second round of cancer and will be traveling to Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City for several weeks in November and December for aggressive treatment, village Mayor Robert Blais said. He has continued to work part-time at the village plant to oversee operations and spearhead planned improvements for the system, he said. Burlingame has been the village's Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for 21 years. Burlingame has won a number of regional and state awards for his expertise during his tenure.

The benefit will include a cocktail hour, light hors d'oeuvres and a raffle items including gift baskets of goods and services. Entertainment is anticipated for the event, Blais' secretary Denise Snyder said Monday.

"The benefit will offer a good social time as well as raising money for a great cause," Snyder said, noting that Blais and village Superintendent of Public Works Dave Harrington dreamed up the idea of substituting the fundraiser for the employee holiday party. "Reggie plans to be there, and he is so cheerful lately."

Proceeds will be used to defray the travel and cost of accommodations in New York City during the course of the treatments.

Those wishing to donate or attend the function are asked to contact the Village Hall at 668-5771 ext. 25. Tickets are $30 each, and they're available at the village hall.

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