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Mardi Gras Fun in Saratoga

Hattie’s Restaurant in Saratoga, hosts a fundraiser, Mardi gras, which was created in honor of Miss Hattie to carry out her legacy of charitable giving. Every year a local non-for-profit is chosen to be the recipient of the proceeds raised from Hattie’s Mardi gras Soiree. It is traditionally held at the Canfield Casino the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend in January with 2017’s event on Saturday, January 14th at 6PM.  To date the event has raised close to $600,000!

The 2017 event proceeds to benefit Caffé Lena and will be directed to the Caffè Lena Endowment Fund. Income generated by the Endowment will augment the Caffès earned revenue, supporting thier initiatives of debuting exciting new artists, offering free concerts for families, presenting traditional musicians from non-English speaking cultures, and developing innovative ways to connect artists of excellence with live audiences in ways that open hearts, bind us together, create wellness and celebrate our common human story.

As in years past, Michael Panza and his team from Fine Affairs plan to transform the Canfield Casino into New Orleans of the North. Guests will enjoy the culinary expertise of Chef Jasper Alexander, dance the night away to the sounds of Soul Session and Garland Nelson and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra.

Enjoy a complimentary cocktail during the first hour of the party, as well as a cash bar throughout the evening. You can also swing by Heather Bohm-Tallman's Crazy Photo Booth all night long. A silent auction of great items donated by so many wonderful businesses in Saratoga County will also be featured.

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About Caffé Lena
“Educate your audiences to expect the best in musical talent, familiar or unfamiliar, and always be governed by the dictates of good taste.” – Lena Spencer Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. Opened in 1960, the café has helped to launch many of America’s best loved songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco and many more. Upon the death of our founder, Lena Spencer, in 1989, Caffè Lena was converted to a non-profit institution which today continues as a living legend: breathing in ideas, dreams, and possibilities—breathing out music, poetry and theater. Caffè Lena has always been a place where people renew their faith in the power of music. They come up the stairs and enter a room where a world-class performer is only feet away from the audience, where they can see every movement of fingers on frets and feel a foot tapping rhythm on the stage. Run by a small paid staff, a Board of Directors, and an ever-evolving team of volunteers, the caffe is proud to stay true to Lena’s founding vision of simplicity, kindness to strangers, and art above profit. Caffè Lena is now preparing for a major renovation that will enhance access for disabled people and bring greater comfort to all.


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