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 cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor and develop among its members and the community at large, appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.