Festival of the Senses Raises $150,000 for Glens Falls Hospital


The Glens Falls Hospital Foundation’s second annual Festival of the Senses event raised $150,000 to help enhance essential healthcare services provided by Glens Falls Hospital.

Three hundred guests attended, and 34 businesses and individuals sponsored the event, held at the Lake George Club on Thursday, Oct. 13. Leading the way was presenting sponsor, Cerner, an international provider of health information technologies.

“Once again, our regional community sent a very clear signal about how important Glens Falls Hospital is to everyone who lives, works and visits here,” said Vice President of Development Cynthia Sherwood. “This incredible show of support means the world to us, and we can’t wait to reinvest it in technology, facilities and expertise to care for our community for years to come.”

Festival of the Senses featured 19 food stations manned by chefs from across the country and around the Capital Region. Special guest chefs included Nicholas Elmi, winner of the 2014 season of “Top Chef” on Bravo, a James Beard Award nominee, and owner of Laurel, a modern French-influenced American restaurant in Philadelphia; Giorgio Rapicavoli, a 2012 winner on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” and owner of Eating House and Glass and Vine in Miami; and Joel Vieland, a James Beard Award nominee and executive chef at the Swyft House and Pine Leaf Café in Connecticut. Representing the local region were chefs from Yono’s in Albany and the hot new Troy restaurant, Peck’s Arcade, as well as chefs from some of the hospital’s partners and friends, The Queensbury Hotel, The Inn at Erlowest, and The Sagamore.

Adding to the sensory experience were eight beverage stations, featuring selections of locally crafted beverages and fine wines, as well as an eclectic variety of entertainment. A live auction raised $14,000 of the total proceeds.

Festival of the Senses was co-chaired by David Britton of Pies on Wheels traveling pizzeria and Dakine Cuisine in Glens Falls, who starred in eight seasons of “Dinner Impossible” on Food Network; and Dr. John Sconzo, a local anesthesiologist, world traveler and culinarian. Host Chef was Tony DeStratis of The Lake George Club.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the 2017 Festival of the Senses or other Glens Falls Hospital Foundation events is asked to contact the Foundation at (518) 926-5960.