Action Council

SPAC Action Council Mission

The Action Council was created to work in unison with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in public relations, planning of fundraising activities, and to support SPAC's mission: to present vibrant and diverse artistic performances that engage and enrich the community.

The members of SPAC's Action Council dedicate their time to hosting special events to raise funds for SPAC. These special events occur throughout the year and all proceeds go to support the SPAC summer program for the ballet and orchestra.

Anyone is welcome and encouraged to join the Action Council in working on these events:

Nutcracker Tea

November, Hall of Springs
The Nutcracker Tea is an annual favorite and a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. It is a family-focused event that sells out two performances year after year. Children delight in the English tradition of high tea, complete with kid-friendly finger sandwiches, hot chocolate, and dessert, while enjoying an up close and personal performance of excerpts from The Nutcracker, as presented by the Northeast Ballet Company.

Rock and Run

May, Grounds of SPAC
A family friendly 5K walk/run and 10k that begins and ends at SPAC with a route throughout the state park, lined with live music from many different genres to keep the participants motivated! There are three runs - one for children and two for the grown-ups (5k and 10k). The post-run lawn party includes bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, strolling magicians, more live music and food vendors. The proceeds help fund the Vivienne Anderson Program.

Ballet Gala

July, Hall of Springs and Grounds of SPAC
Our largest annual fundraiser, often called "the event of the year" in Saratoga, supports the residency of the New York City Ballet. This event, a veritable who's who of the Capital Region, includes a captivating performance by the NYCB, followed by fireworks and a festive post-performance lawn party. Guests may choose to purchase tickets to the Gala held inside the Hall of Springs, which begins with a champagne reception followed by an elegant sit-down dinner and amphitheatre seating. After the ballet, guests return to the Hall of Springs for a festive afterglow party. The lawn party is also not to be missed, as revelers decked out in accordance with the galas annual theme compete for best lawn party picnic. The Ballet Gala won the Local's Choice Award for Best Summer Gala 2011.

Lecture Luncheon

October, Spa Little Theatre and Hall of Springs
The annual lecture luncheon has been dubbed a "day all about me - feed your brain, feed your body, and feed your need for self-indulgence with a little retail therapy, all for a great cause". The events begin with a continental breakfast in the lobby of the Spa Little Theatre. Next a speaker or performer entertains us, often speaking about artists, writers, historical figures or cultural icons. The 2011 guest speaker was best-selling author Andrew Gross. We then move to the Hall of Springs for a fabulous luncheon complete with shopping booths from local vendors who generously contribute a portion of their sales to SPAC.


Special Programs:

Vivienne Anderson Children's Program

July: The Action Council funds support for this very special program which provides free tickets to a ballet performance to underserved area youth, offering them the opportunity to experience the joys of the arts. The children visit the National Museum of Dance, meet with dancers from the company, and learn about a dancer's life. They view the performance after having been introduced to the story line, choreographer, and composer. It is the goal of the program that experiencing the arts in such a meaningful way, often for their first time, will help these children foster a lifelong love of the arts.

Action Council

The Action Council is actively recruiting community members to join and work with us so we are able to support SPACs important cultural and childrens programming. To learn more about membership, please contact Sequoya Finkell at

To purchase tickets for any of the events, click here.

If you wish to join an event committee, please contact Christy Pronto 

Executive Committee:

Candace Zlotnick

 Vice President
Nicole Sheeler DiPalermo  

Melanie Manuel 

Corresponding Secretary
JoAnn Duquette 

Judy Aronstamm 

Sequoyah Finkell 

Tas Steiner 

SPAC Liaison
Christy Pronto 

Immediate Past President
Traci Jersen

President’s Advisor
Geraldine Golub 

Elaine  Alfert
Deborah Barthold
Roberta Berkowitz
Daniela Bigalli
Nancy Casna
Deidre Chuckrow
Jennifer Connors
Keeley DeSalvo
Suzanne D’Iorio
Marsha Dolinsky
JoAnn Duquette
Janet Equale
Doris Fischer-Malesardi
Tichie Langan Finin
Andrea Golub
Chrissy Goodness
Maria Harrison
Barbara Hoehn
Harriet Kalejs
Robin Kappler
Patricia LaRosa
Wendy MacPherson
Jean Lewis Maloy
Joanne Maloy
Micki Massry
Christine McDonald
Debi Oliveira
Mary Lou Pinckney
Jael Polnac
Sandy Ponton
Colleen Raczkowski
Amy Sell
Heidi West