October 2, 2012


For Immediate Release:


Non-Profit Organizations Still Have Time to Join the Largest Birthday Party Saratoga Has Thrown in the Last 150 Years




Saratoga Springs, NY -- When Saratoga goes back in time 150 years to celebrate the birth of thoroughbred racing, 150 events will jam the calendar, from May through September, 2013, and Saratogians and visitors will be partying for a myriad of worthy causes.


The Saratoga 150 events calendar is filling quickly with non-profit events that range from old-fashioned cakewalks and a Battle of the Brews, to a porch decorating contest and special concerts.    Events will run the gamut from family and children’s programs; to those geared to young adults; to events enjoyed by older folks who may remember the Centennial Celebration held in Saratoga in 1963.   A majority of the salute programs are being presented by non-profit organizations, including charitable causes, fraternal and service organizations, and social, civic and business associations.   Events must be open to the public and organizations must be Saratoga-County based.   Fund raising events charging an admission fee are included, as well as events that are free to the public. 


Non-profit organizations that are not yet committed to hosting a Saratoga 150 event can sign up to be a partner event by downloading and completing the form available at www.Saratoga150.com/events .  Once they have become a partner (at no charge), the organization will be able to use the Saratoga 150 logo, and will receive a number of publicity opportunities including the calendar listing on the Saratoga 150 website, a link to their event from Saratoga 150’s website, mentions in Saratoga 150 event news releases, listing in promotional pieces and in social media programs, as well as a full listing in the Saratoga 150 Official Program and Guide. 


“We are pleased to be able to offer non-profit organizations such a practical benefit through Saratoga 150”, said Saratoga 150 Chairman Charles Wait.   “Not only will they be part of an important historical event, but the added publicity opportunities that will be provided to the organizations is a valuable public awareness enhancement”, he added.


Saratoga 150 arts and music salutes by non-profit organizations will include programs from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Opera Saratoga, the SaratogaArts Festival, the National Museum of Dance, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, the Saratoga Jazz Festival, the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, the Racing City Chorus, the Brookside Museum, the Chamber Music Festival, the Saratoga Visitors Center, the Backstretch Employees Services Team, the Saratoga County Historical Society, the New York Racing Association, the Hats Off, Final Stretch and Travers Festivals, and the Albany Symphony, among others.  Special exhibits and programs are planned by several Spa museums, such as the National Museum of Racing, the History Museum, the National Museum of Dance, the Tang and the Brookside Museum.  A myriad of fund raising events are being planned by dozens of non-profit organizations.


Questions from organizations about joining the list of non-profits already affiliated with Saratoga 150 can be e-mailed to events@saratoga150.com.   Events will be accepted throughout the Fall.


Saratoga 150 Founding Members are The Adirondack Trust Company, DeCrescente Distributing Company, John Hendrickson and Marylou Whitney, The New York Racing Association, Maureen and Ed Lewi, Michele and Ron Riggi, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Skidmore College and Stewart’s Shops.   Sponsors include Fasig Tipton, FingerPaint Marketing, and the Olde Bryan Inn.

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For media information, contact:

Ed Lewi, Saratoga 150, Public Relations Chair


Tel   (518) 587-5868;   Mobile   (518) 209-6260

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