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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Popular Zonta event ‘Autumn A La Carte’ is back

October 12, 2018
By MIRIAM HADDEN - Zonta Club of the Adirondacks , Lake Placid News

On Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Heaven Hill Farm, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks will host its second annual "Autumn A La Carte" gala.

The gala will feature food tasting from a variety of local caterers, acoustic music of Annie and Drew, and a silent auction. Tickets ($50 for under 30-year-olds, and $75 for others) can be purchased at Ticket price includes food and drinks.

Last year, the club celebrated its new charter at the gala. There was so much positive feedback about the event from attendees last year that the club decided to repeat the event, with few changes.

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This photo was taken at Samaritan House. Pictured, from left, are Chris Newcomb, Tracy Bashaw, Earnest Hough and Kristen Chaparro.
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Lise Huckins, who attended last year's gala with her mother, Toni Teuschler, had rave reviews of the experience.

"We both thought the food was awesome," Lise said. "I am a connoisseur of good food and music, and will travel for it. This is a 'must do' on my list of local events and one of the highlights of the season for me."

"Last year, the event showcased the food of female chefs and restaurant owners, many of whom will be returning. This year we are offering the opportunity to both male and female chefs, bakers and restaurant owners," club President Amy Quinn said. "The club recognizes that it's asking a lot for sponsors to repeatedly devote their time, energy and good will to our events and we don't want to over burden any of our sponsors. We are an all-inclusive organization and it's a great opportunity for our sponsors to showcase their products."

Net proceeds from Zonta's fundraisers have supported numerous projects to improve the lives of women, both locally and around the world.

Recently, club members Tracy Bashaw, Kristen Chaparro, Chris Newcomb and Miriam Hadden delivered the club's donation of $985 worth of feminine hygiene products to the Samaritan House, a new homeless shelter in Saranac Lake. Ernest Hough, who manages the shelter, gave the club members a tour of the recently renovated eight bedroom residence. The club anticipates that the donation will help support women and girls in transition, including those leaving dangerous and violent living situations.

"Fleeing domestic violence often involves leaving with nothing but the clothes on your back and starting over without basics that many of us take for granted: a clean wash cloth and towel, a hair brush, tampons, deodorant," Quinn said. "Everyone deserves the basic dignity of personal care, especially at a time when anxiety is high."

According to Hough, residents of the shelter can receive assistance with overcoming financial hurdles in obtaining more stable housing. The shelter has video surveillance monitoring and is a safe option for displaced domestic violence survivors and others in transition.

Zonta Club of the Adirondacks is a charitable organization with the mission of advancing gender equality. All donations to Zonta Club of the Adirondacks are tax deductible. To learn more about the club, go online to: or visit the Zonta Club's Facebook page.



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