Shades of Blue Gala Photo Gallery

On April 20th, The Saratoga County Democratic Committee threw a spring gala celebration honoring our Democratic change makers.

The evening began with cocktails (featuring the drink of the evening – the Moscow Mueller) and mingling. Todd M. Kerner, Chair of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, started the evening with a brief welcome and invited Tricia Pleu, NYS Media Lead for Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense, to lead a moment of silence (4/20 the night of the gala, marked the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre).

Our special guests and speakers for the evening were Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, and Congressman Paul Tonko. Also present were several Democratic Congressional candidates for New York’s 21st District: David Mastrianni, Emily Martz, Tedra Cobb, Patrick Nelson, Katie Wilson, and Don Boyajian.

Charley Brown & Friends provided wonderful musical entertainment (and there was dancing!). Thanks to the band featuring Holly Hammond, Brian and Stu Miller, Rick Fenton, Katie Bowen and Kris Ronk.

Shades of Blue Gallery

Shades of Blue Event Committee

Becca Oppenneer, Event Chair and Todd M. Kerner, Bill Fruci, Renee Birnbaum, Charley Brown, Dana Citron, Courtney DeLeonardis, Ellie Dillon, Beth Dugan, Ruth Fein, Tara N. Gaston, Shafer Gaston, Alison Getz, Michael Getz, Morgan Gmelch, Carrie Kauffman, Ellen Kiehl, Mark Oppenneer, Christianna Palermo, Jay Partridge, Paula Tancredi Penman, Krista Senator, Nat Smythe, Kelley Streeter, Mary Taber, Pat Tuz, Suzanne Voigt, Kris Walker, Bradleigh Wilson, Stu Woodley, and Joanna Zangrando.

Special Thanks

Kava Creations for their generous bracelet donation (

Colin Palumbo, Maggie Hilliker, Carol Turney for their help working the event

Jay Partridge and Courtney DeLeonardis for their guidance and support as Past Event Chairs