Children's Museum 42ndAnniversary
Holiday Gala Benefit
(Black Tie & Gown optional)
Saturday Night, December 3rd, 2005
with Great Friends to Kids Award Ceremony

View 42nd Anniversary Holiday Gala pictures below

Kimberly DesJardins, Interior Decorator, beautifully decorated the museum and our famous oak staircase shown in all its brilliance

Sharp Dressed Penguins entertained on our 3rd floor

Saturday December 3rd, 2005, This successful event was made possible by the hard work of Co-Chairs Joan T. Shkane, Esq. & Noreen Roubian, along with Committee members Rosalynn Lemel, M.D. & Linda Dresher, who invited community members to join with them, other board members, Honorary Co-Chairs Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Senator Raymond Meier, Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito, and District Attorney Michael Arcuri, plus local business leaders and Gala Sponsors at our Annual Anniversary Gala.

The evening began on the Children’s Museum 1st floor, amidst the charm and warmth of our historic turn of the century Romanesque building. Folks then journeyed up our decoratively paneled central oak staircase, or via our elevator, to our 2nd floor to enjoy champagne, hors d’oeurves, a delicious Dinner & Full bar, mingled, did Holiday Shopping at our fun silent & live auction, and honored folks who contribute to the museum’s growth at our Great Friends to Kids Award. The committee scoured the area for unique items, including a Life Magazine Special Edition "To the Moon & Back" autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin! From 8:30pm to 10:30 pm, attendees headed up to our 3rd & 4th floors for more food & drink, dessert & dancing to the music of the Sharp Dressed Penguins.

Our 2005 Great Friends to Kids awardees were: NYS Senator Ray Meier (who secured grant money for our new building windows); Earl Lewis (full time museum volunteer, exhibit coordinator & birthday host); and Ed Waskiewicz (sponsor of our 3rd floor International Halls of Fame: Bicycling, Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking). They join our 2004 inductees: Patty Williams, (Co-Owner of Rig-All, whose rigs transport large exhibits into the museum); Bill Corrigan, (Owner of Wilcor & Your Store, a yearly donor), John Stephenson, (Board Vice-Chair & GE Elfun); Mary Jo Beach, (VP/GM of Regent Broadcasting who donated our WCML radio room); Congressman Sherry Boehlert, (Chair of the House Science Committee who helped secure our NASA exhibits and federal funding); and our 2003 inductees: Melva Max, Mackie Kernan & Alice Pender O'Shea (all co-founders of the museum in 1963); Ted Kibiuk (who donated his 17 ft airplane to the museum); Frank Gruenewald (founder of Christmas on Main Street); and Bill Steppe (chief volunteer for the GE Elfun's, who have built many museum exhibits).

In addition to personal reservations, corporate-sponsored tables were also available for area businesses that wished to combine entertaining & charity. Donation was only $75 per person / $140 per couple (pre-paid) or $95 per person at the door. Tickets were available from the committee, other board members, in the museum, and on our secure shopping cart. All proceeds benefitted the Children's Museum's Space Science Center. Download Flyer. Promo by (Download Auction Item form or Program Book Ad form or Restaurant form). Read Utica O-D article.

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5th Day celebration of The Children's Museum of Utica, NY 41st Anniversary celebration, and Great Friends to Kids Award ceremony

A panoramic view of just a few of the exploration marvels in the Children's Museum
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2005 Children’s Museum Anniversary Gala Corporate Sponsors to date, who took out Ads in our Program Book or donated food to the event.

The Fountainhead Group, New York Mills, NY
National Grid, New Hartford, NY
Oxford Medical Imaging, New Hartford, NY
Dr. Nancy Shaheen, Utica, NY
ConMed Corporation, Utica, NY
Wilcor International, Frankfort, NY
Hartford Insurance, New Hartford, NY
The Burns Agency, Clinton, NY
Surgical Associates of Utica, NY
Utica First Insurance, Utica, NY
Northern Safety, Utica, NY
APAC Customer Service, Utica, NY
Garro Pharmacy, Utica, NY
McQuade & Bannigan, Utica, NY
Regent Broadcasting, Marcy, NY (WUTR 20, Fox 33, UPN), Utica, NY
Associated Textiles, Utica, NY
Kimberly Desjardins Interiors, Marcy, NY

Cafe Canole, Utica, NY
Café Fianchetto’s, Utica, NY
Castranova's Original Grimaldi's, Utica, NY
Catering by Bernadine’s, Utica, NY
Chesterfield's, Utica, NY
Coldstone Creamery, New Hartford, NY
Creekside Cafe, Utica, NY
Danielle's at Valley View, Utica, NY
DelBuono's, Utica, NY
Desserts by Just Peggy, Peggy Quinn
Gabriel's Trattoria, Utica, NY
Ground Round, New Hartford, NY
Hart's Hill Inn, Whitesboro, NY
Hook Line & Sinker, New Hartford, NY
Lupino’s Trackside, Utica, NY
Michael T’s, New Hartford, NY
Michael Sadallah, Utica, NY
Phoenician, New Hartford, NY
Price Chopper, New Hartford, NY
Rosario's, Utica, NY
Something Different by Sundaze Cafe
Symeon's, New Hartford, NY
Ventura’s, Utica, NY

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2005 Children’s Museum Gala Auction Items –we have 144 great items for attendees to choose from! Enjoy early holiday shopping while getting a tax write-off AND supporting our museum! Following are auction items:

$500. Hair Deco - Basket of Hair Salon Products
$200. Laser Spa (Drs. Jeff & Anita Amidon) Sleigh filled with cosmetics and gift certificate
$200. Kaufmann's - Basket of Fragrances (Liz Claiborne & Calvin Klein)
$150. The Princess Shop - Gift basket (Brighton)
$100. Dr. & Mrs. Ahluwalhia - Gift basket (kitchen items/dips/sauces)
$100. Hannaford New Hartford Superstore - Gift Basket (store items)
$100. College St Hair Design by James - Gift Basket (products, trim or tan)
$100. Peter & Wendy Emergy - Gift Basket (Mary Kay Cosmetics)
$100. Home Depot plus Dr. & Mrs. Paul Roubian - Tool Bag (Tools & Gift Certificate)
$ 75. The Basket Case - Gift Basket (Wine, cheese board & tray)

$ 75. Celebrity Gift Basket - Assorted Wines (Cong. Boehlert, Mayor Brown, Milton Bloch)
$ 65. Ram Spring Water - Gift Basket (assorted teas, coffee, mugs & hot chocolate)

$ 50. Dale Lockwood Hair Cutting (gift certificate for hair products)
$ 50. F. X. Matt Brewery - Saranac Brewery Gift Basket (various products)
$ 30. DeIorio’s - Gift Basket (Pasta & Certificate)
$ 30. DeIorio’s - Gift Basket (Pasta & Certificate)

$ 25. Bremer Wine & Liquor - Gift Basket (wines etc.)
$ 20. Maria's Pasta Shop - Gift Certificate

Category B: GETAWAYS:
$700. Nunno’s Total Fitness - 18 personal training sessions (+gear & apparel)
$195. Hotel Utica - Master Suite overnight room with Continental breakfast
$195. Holiday Inn - overnight w/dinner & breakfast
$100. Artful Lodger - Bed & Breakfast overnight
$ 90. Fitness Mill - Three month membership
$ 80. Adonis/Avanti Limo Service - four hours
$ 70. Sandy's Nail Salon & Boutique (gift certificate for manicure & gift products)
$ 64. Radisson Hotel - Champagne Brunch for four
$ 70. Broadway Theatre - Two tickets to "Blast"
$ 50. Utica O.D. - Editor for a Day
$ 20. Hawaiian Holiday Tanning - Gift certificate
$340. Lamberto Opticians - Cartier Sunglasses
$250. Adobe Acrobat - Assorted software
$200. Software - Assorted programs
$165. Village Toy Shop - Walker Wagon filled with toys & gifts
$140. Vitullo’s - Men’s Angora Sweater
$115. Vitullo’s - Men’s knit Sweater
$100. Pustay & Company - Gold candlesticks
$100. Congressman Sherry Boehlert - USA Flag flown over Capital
$ 85. M & R Heating & Air Conditioning - Programmable thermostat
$ 75. Crystal Eagle - by Boeing Rocketdyne
$ 75. Crystal Shuttle - by Boeing Rocketdyne
$ 50. Space Items Gift Basket - by Children's Museum
$ 50. Space Pins Gift Basket - by Children's Museum
$ 50. Exotic Wine Bottle - Lotto Liquor
$ 50. Regent Broadcasting - Gift Basket
$ 50. Countryside Store - Gift certificate
$ 50. Gift & Toys Gift Basket - by Children's Museum Gift Shop
$ 40. Village Toy Shop - Stack of toys
$ 40. Village Toy Shop - Stack of Children’s CD’s & tapes
$ 28. Wild Things - Beta bowl fish combo
$ 25. Herkimer County Community College - Two stuffed animals
$3,000. Harden Furniture - Four-Drawer Cherry Chest
$2,400. Meelan Floors Carpet - One Goladen Palace-Kirman Oriental rug
$ 748. Tarson Pools - Patio set (4 sling chairs, 42”table, SU blanket)
$ 350. Marcy Carpet - Oriental Rug
$ 315. Meyda Tiffany - Stained glass with Mission
$ 300. Patrick Quinn Esq. - Conference & Preparation of Two Wills
$ 250. Maxx Antiques & Design - Solid Stone Fountain
$ 200. Dave Hayes Appliances - Microwave Oven & Gift certificate
$ 199. O. J. Gulla Pools - Two Floating Lounge Chairs
$ 185. Ironwood Furniture - Excelsior (2 Mattress Pads & 2 pillows)
$ 165. Jim Ellis Interiors - Table lamp
$ 150. Strawberry Geranium - Doorway garland, door swag, fresh tree
$ 120. Village Floral - decorated Christmas tree
$ 100. StreetWise Auto Concepts - Gift certificate (for Complete Detail)
$ 100. Greenscapes Gardening - Gift certificate (products or services)
$ 75. Kimberly Desjardins Interiors - Gift Certificate (interior design consultation)
$ 75. Imperial Carpet - Two rooms of carpet cleaned
$ 60. Joseph Flihan Company - Butcher block cutting board & 12" Pepper Mill
$ 50. Chester’s Flowers - Non-perishable permanent holiday arrangement
$ 50. Home Depot - (Two $25. certificates)
$ 45. Strawberry Geranium - silk wreath
$ 45. Village Floral - holiday wreath
$ 40. Clinton Florist - sunflower wreath
$ 40. USA Tailor Shops - Satellite Dish Cover
$170. Nichols Jewelers - Ladies Yellow Gold Watch
$160. Nichols Jewelers - Ladies Pink Belai Watch
$165. Lennon's Wilcox Jewelers - Women's Gold Seiko Watch
$135. Lennon's Wilcox Jewelers - Men's Gold Seiko Watch
$ 90.`10 Pair Custom made Earrings
$ 80. Mikimoto - Perfume Atomizer w/Pearl accent
$ 50. Gold Mine Jewelers - Gift certificate
$ 50. Gold Mine Jewelers - Gift certificate
$399. Franklin Romantic Reflections by Lena Liu– Grace Furniture
$390. Reflections – Original acrylic framed painting by Mrs. Scott Canfield
$300. Swan Painting – Oil painting by Susan Fountain
$240. Sunset Oil Painting – by Marie Linnell
$220 - Gold Framed River Painting - Home Fashions by Sam Tantillo
$200.`Peppers & Pomogranates Oil painting by Susan Fountain
$125. Against a Summer Sky painting by Gerry Walters
$125. A Mother’s Day painting by Bart Carrig
$125. A Summer Rose by Matthew Marley
$125. Trains in Utica photograph by Aaron Keller
$100. Safari 2002 painting by Marsha Silverman
$ 75. Deer with Fall Foliage by John Caruso
$ 75.`Spring Fields by Rose Bryla
$ 50. Statue of Soldier painting by John Caruso
$ 50. Nancy Ford “Moon Over Utica” metallic print 10 x 14
$ 75. Ground Round - Basket of Certificates & apparel
$ 50. Delmonico's Restaurant - Two $25. certificates
$ 50. Delmonico's Restaurant - Two $25. certificates
$ 50. Catering by Bernadine - Gift certificate
$ 50. Castranova's Original Grimaldi's - Gift certificate
$ 50. The Savoy Restaurant - Gift Certificate

$ 25. Grimaldi's - Gift certificates
$ 25. Denny's - Five $5.00 Gift certificates
$ 20. Symeon's - Gift certificate
$ 20. Uno New Hartford - Gift certificate
$ 20. Zebb's - Two $10. Gift certificates
$ 20. Holland Farms - Dozen Jelly Buns
$ 20. LaRoma Pizzeria - One $20. Gift certificate
$300. Clinton Comet hockey shirt autographed by Rob Esche & friends
$150. Hot Wheels collection - Autographed by Author Mike Zarnock
$130. Wilcor International - 25” Back Packer
$ 85. Skenandoa Golf Course - Two greens fees and cart
$ 70. Wilcor International - Portable fireplace
$ 70. Wilcor International - Trout Mirror
$ 60. Twin Ponds 2 greens fees and cart
$ 55. Syracuse University - S. U. T-shirt, book, and collectible puppet
$ 45. Wilcor International - Full Prestige Airbed
$ 40. Utica College - Four Pioneer Athletics shirts, Hockey Hat & T-shirt
$ 40. Herkimer County Community College - Soccer T-shirt & Warm-up Jacket
$ 40. Wilcor International - Folding Deluxe Double Chair
$ 40. Wilcor International - Metal Frog Band
$ 32. Wilcor International - Carved Moose
$ 30. Wilcor International - Moose Canister Set
$ 30. Wilcor International - Twin Blanket with Bear design
$ 30. Wilcor International - Twin Blanket with Moose design
$ 30. Dick Sonne Child's Bike Helmet
$ 25. Play It Again Sports gift Certificate
$130. Stoneware: Lazy Day Fishing
$115. Set of 5 Ceramic Doves
$102. Handpainted Gold Trim Plates/Dishes
$ 95. Bronze Cat
$ 95. Black hand painted dishes w/gold trim
$ 90. Stone Seal
$ 72. Decorative Ceramic Pink/Blue Set
$ 70. Ceramic Artwork: Girl in Garden
$ 60. Four Brass Shell Platters
$ 56. Large Ceramic Duck Creamer/Sugar
$ 53. Two white Ceramic Covered Dishes
$ 49. Set of 7 Assorted Candle Holders
$ 43. Antique Tea Rose Bowl
$ 38. Brass Fluted Bowl
$ 34. Tall Ceramic Burnt Orange Vase

1 of only 18 autographed by Buzz Aldrin Special Edition Life magazine Apollo  edition
I. 1 - SPECIAL ITEM -$500. Life Magazine Special Limited Edition "To the Moon and Back" autographed by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who took part in the historic Apollo Moon Walk! (secured by Congressman Sherwood Boehlert)

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