WARRENSBURG With a building addition nearly complete at its Warrensburg site, North Country Ministry is raising hopes as well as funds during its upcoming Spring Gala. The event, titled “An Evening in Paris,”is set for Friday, May 2 at Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury. Tickets are available now for the gala.
Proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit North Country Ministry’s ongoing services which operate out of locations in North Creek and Warrensburg. With the two-story building addition expected to be completed by mid-May, there will be increased space to accommodate expanded services, according to area philanthropist Dr. James Morrissey, president of the North Country Ministry Board of Directors and chairman of the gala.
“This expansion will allow for a full-scale food pantry to meet ever increasing needs,” he said, noting that proceeds of the gala would underwrite the expansion as well as the agency’s ongoing work with families under stress. “It will also allow for expanded baby and toddler programs, as well as much-needed storage for the clothing center.”
He observed that the Furniture Barn, which recycles gently used furniture and household goods, currently operates out of the North Creek site, but may be expanded to the Warrensburg location.
Funds raised by the gala also support North Country Ministry’s counseling services, advocacy and referral efforts, its emergency assistance provisions, parenting support programs, the Baby’s Place play group, the agency’s infant and toddler car seat program, its affordable housing program, and The Gathering Place lunch and hospitality offerings.
The Spring Gala will include a live auction featuring auctioneer Martin Seelye as well as a silent auction, raffles — and in keeping with the Parisian theme, a fashion show of clothing from local retailers. Caricature artist John Gurney will provide whimsical entertainment as well.
North Country Ministry is an ecumenical organization which provides services to over 1,000 people per month in a service area exceeding 600 square miles, agency Executive Director Jill Harrington said.