winter-ball.jpgSaturday, February 22, 8 p.m. A "Russian Whiteout" to Feature Ice Sculptures, Martini Luges, Moscow Mafia Man & Ice Queen Costume Contest Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Inspired by SPAC's upcoming Bolshoi Ballet engagement and the excitement surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the theme for SPAC's popular winter gala will be "The Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout." The event, slated for Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. in Saratoga's glamorous and historic Hall of Springs, is a fundraiser for classical programming presented by SPAC's Junior Committee. Tickets, $75 in advance and $80 after February19, are available at Guests at this year's event will be transported to a virtual Russian winter wonderland as organizers plan to transform the ballroom of the Hall of Springs into a winter palace, complete with ice sculptures, martini ice luges, a Russian vodka bar courtesy of Tovaritch Vodka, generous and hearty Tsar-worthy fare, a blizzard photo booth by Heather Bohm Tallman, a raffle with glittering prizes, live music by Saving Atlantis and dancing. Guests are encouraged to don cocktail attire with a Russian twist for the chance to win SPAC event tickets and be crowned best dressed "Russian Ice Queen" and "Moscow Mafia Man," respectively. Marking its fourth year in 2014, the Winter Ball has quickly become known as a "can't miss" among the region's young professionals for its fun themes, great live music and mouthwatering cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  With nods to pop culture and icons, time periods, and popular television shows, past themes have included "Mad Men," "Bond: Shaken not Stirred," and most recently, "Dallas: Everything's Bigger in Texas." "Last year's ‘Dallas' Winter Ball was a huge success for SPAC and tremendous fun for guests with mechanical bull rides and a southwestern flavor," said Meredith von Schenk, the Winter Ball Co-Chair. "This year we are putting the winter back in ‘Winter Ball' for a truly elegant and enchanting evening complete with ice sculptures, martini ice luges, faux fur and of course, vodka. Guests will be blown away by this blizzard ball." "The Junior Committee's Winter Ball has become one of SPAC's most popular fundraisers. Not only does the Junior Committee throw a great party, but the evening is a wonderful way to support SPAC in our off-season," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "Based on the success of last year's sell-out event, we encourage people to purchase their tickets now." SPAC's Junior Committee, formed in 2010, consists of rising young professionals from in and around the Capital Region. The goal of the Committee is to assist SPAC in fundraising, donor cultivation and outreach among their peers. Proceeds raised at the Committee's Winter Ball help underwrite the classical programming and educational activities of SPAC's summer season. For more information about The Winter Ball, visit or contact Kristy Godette,  or 518-584-9330 ext. 109.  For information on the special Gideon Putnam Winter Ball Overnight Package, contact Deanna Kirk at The Gideon Putnam at 518.226.4752 Sponsors and partners:  Fingerpaint Marketing, Tri City Rentals, The Riggi Family, Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C., Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP, Bouchey Financial Group, Gideon Putnam Resort, LLC, Miller Printing and Litho, INC., Saratoga Eagle, Wine World Wide and Tovaritch Vodka, HBT Photography, Northeast Ballet Company, Frank Adams Jewelers. Features of this year's Winter Ball: A Russian Whiteout include:
  • ¨ Ice luges and sculptures
  • ¨ Open bar with beer & wine
  • ¨ Signature vodka cocktails
  • ¨ Hearty Russian styled hors d'oeuvres
  • ¨ Live Music by Saving Atlantis
  • ¨ Prizes for best dressed "Russian Ice Queen" and "Moscow Mafia Man"
  • ¨ Wintery wonderland décor
  • ¨ HBT Photography Blizzard Photo Booth
  • ¨ Russian Vodka Bar by Tovaritch Vodka
  • ¨ Gideon Putnam Hotel discount rate - $89 bed and breakfast for two (complimentary transportation also included)


Contact: Shane Williams-Ness, 518.584.9330 x 116 M:518.378.0295 Lisa Hill, 518.584.9330 x 119 M:518.496.2882;