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Featuring mock kidnapping mystery, benefit gala raises record sum

During North Country Ministry’s recent gala banquet, Dr. James Morrissey (right) was identified as a prime ‘suspect’ in the conclusion of  a fictional kidnapping mystery, as he opened his doctor’s bag and pulled out a fistful of cash at the prompting of plot narrator Bob Myers (left). The drama prompted plenty of laughs from the capacity crowd at the banquet.

During North Country Ministry’s recent gala banquet, Dr. James Morrissey (right) was identified as a prime ‘suspect’ in the conclusion of a fictional kidnapping mystery, as he opened his doctor’s bag and pulled out a fistful of cash at the prompting of plot narrator Bob Myers (left). The drama prompted plenty of laughs from the capacity crowd at the banquet. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “Despite challenging economic times, the donations raised through the gala surpassed last year’s $36,000 and we’re very excited,” Smoczynski said. “This is due to the generosity of hundreds of people — our sponsors, underwriters, auction donors, gala participants and the many volunteers who’ve worked hard to make this happen.”

Major underwriters and sponsors include National Grid, the law firm of Stafford, Carr & McNally, James and Kay Morrissey, Trustco Bank and Barton International, as well as Cronin’s Golf Resort, Community Bank, Behan Communications, Glens Falls National Bank, Brian Landenberger of Schroon River Animal Hospital, Steve and Sandi Parisi, the Law Firm of John B. Pohl, and the accounting firm of Marvin & Co. — plus media sponsors Reginal Radio Group and Denton Publications.

Smoczynski said that the gala banquet sold out, leaving several dozen people on a waiting list. This response, she said, was a record for North County Ministry, which has been serving urgent needs in the North Country since 1992.

“We are just thrilled with the turnout,” she said, surmising that the record sum raised at the April 26 gala was due to more and more people in the region are becoming aware of the Ministry’s work. “This generosity will provide vital assistance for the families we serve — so many people are now facing major challenges in their lives."

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