Gratitude Gala Huge Success

Written by Jessica M. Naioti
FULTON, NY – The Small Business Gratitude Gala on November 30 was a big day for local businesses in Upstate New York, especially Oswego County.

The gala was primarily sponsored by the only Drop In Child Care Center in Oswego County, Sunshine Community and Child Care Center.

The Sunshine Center provides high quality On-Call child care services, a Youth Group, as well as, reasonable free memberships for parents in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and to children who have lost a parent.

The gratitude gala was developed in order to encourage local business and quality of life in Fulton.

It was hosted by Sunshine Center owner Jessica Naioti.

Approximately 50 individuals, including Oswego County Clerk, Michael Backus; Fulton alderman, Alan Emrich; and Fulton Planning Committee member, Ralph Stacy.

City Hall was decorated with beautiful items from Lakeview Manor.

Music was performed by singer/songwriter, Christopher Battles, from 5 – 10 p.m.

Professional comedian Nick Marra performed at 8 p.m. and pulled the drawing for the 50/50 raffle.

The raffle winner was Ellen Barbagallo.

An exquisite dinner of sirloin and Ahi tuna steaks, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, breads and dessert was provided with help by 1881 Steakhouse and Lodging and Canale’s in Oswego, as well as The Sausage Shack and Tavern on the Lock in Fulton.

The dinner was staffed by Sunshine Youth Group leaders, Taylor Simpson, Dennis Dingman, Ruth Brown and friends.

The Small Business silent auction included massage therapist Amanda Taylor LMT.; Monica Thorpe stylist and  hair dresser; Friends of Fulton Public Library; Strupplers Big M; Mary’s Cookies; Blue Moon Grill; Sunshine Community and Child Care Center; Art by Dick Johnson; a water filter by Casters Water Supply; some fine jewelry and more.

The event was intended to be self supporting with Titanium ($500+) from Oswego County Today and Lakeview Manor, Gold ($250+) from Canale’s Restaurant, Tavern on the Lock and 1881 Steakhouse and Lodging, and Silver ($100) The Sausage Shack, in-kind sponsorships and through ticket prices.

Once the event became self supporting, at 50 paid guests, the door price was waived and attendees could come in for free.

The dinners were shared with Fulton Police Department.

The next Gratitude Gala is planned for the last weekend in February.

Venues, speakers, hosts, and attendee’s that are interested in participating, please contact Jessica Naioti at (315)561-7861 or [email protected]