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Shelters of Saratoga to Hold 7th Annual Brighter Days Gala

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shelters of Saratoga to Hold 7th Annual Brighter Days Gala

Help, Hope and Humanity


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, March 17, 2016 –Ed and Lisa Mitzen will be serving as Shelters of Saratoga’s (SOS) Honorary Committee Co-Chairs for the upcoming “Brighter Days” Gala to be held on March 23, 20176 – 9 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant, Saratoga Springs.  This year’s presenting sponsors include Richard Higgins, Vincent, Patty, Ronald and Michele Riggi, and Longfellows Restaurant.


The event will feature a cocktail reception and live entertainment by NonStop Music. There will be a variety of enticing silent auction items available including a handmade dollhouse, Saratoga Race Course Track Box seats,  and Druthers ‘Beer for a Year’ package along with many other exciting items. The goal is to raise $65,000 to support homeless services in the Saratoga region. You can view complete event details and make reservations at www.sheltersofsaratoga.org Tickets are $100 per person.


In 2016, SOS touched the lives of over 800 men, women and youth who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness. SOS’s programming follows the Continuum of Care model which helps get individuals off the street and permanently housed through its array of services. SOS services include: Mobile Outreach, Drop-In Center, Code Blue Shelter, Case Managed Shelter, and Affordable Housing.  In addition to meeting basic needs, SOS also identifies and refers its beneficiaries to appropriate service providers, such as medical professionals, housing providers and prospective employers so they can get back on the road to self-sufficiency.

During the event, SOS will be acknowledging Greg Veitch, Chief of Saratoga Springs Police Department, with the Help, Hope and Humanity award for his compassionate commitment to serving the Saratoga Springs community. Veitch became a police officer in Saratoga Springs in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 2013. Veitch’s dedication to his community is evident by the number of worthwhile programs he is involved in. He has shown professionalism, leadership, and empathy towards issues related to individuals who are homeless and is respectful of the rights of all community members.

“The annual gala provides us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the core reason for SOS’s existence: help, hope and humanity for those who are striving for meaningful change in their lives,” says Michael Finocchi, SOS executive director. “It is our pleasure to honor a member of this community who supports the SOS mission and treats all members of the community with dignity and respect.”

The SOS mission is to provide individuals with safe shelter, support services and sustainable strategies to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region. SOS relies heavily on the community’s generosity to meet the complex needs of the hundreds of individuals they serve each year.  For more information, visit www.sheltersofsaratoga.org.



March 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm