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2015 Hyde Hall Annual Gala – The Run for the Roses

Coming up this weekend…not to be missed!
2015 Hyde Hall Annual Gala – The Run for the Roses

For Immediate Release

By: Hyde Hall
For more information contact: Jonathan Maney, Executive Director, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, PO Box 721, Cooperstown, NY 13326; (607) 547-5098

Cooperstown, NY (08/03/15) —  The horses are on the mark!  Coming up this Saturday, August 8, Hyde Hall will be celebrating with friends and patrons at their Annual Gala benefit – The Run for the Roses.  This Kentucky Derby themed event raises funds to support ongoing restorations at the Hyde Hall historic site.  This fun-filled evening begins at 5pm with lawn games and a cocktail party, followed by a special dinner, dancing under the stars and a very special auction.  Live soulful bluegrass music will be performed throughout the evening by our special guests for the evening, The Handsome Hearts.

This year’s Hyde Hall benefit Gala will recognize two outstanding citizens, Mr. Edward Stack and Mr. Noel Dries, for their contributions to historic preservation and cultural awareness.  Each will be presented with an award during The Run for the Roses Gala.

Edward Stack is the Gala Honoree for his many years of work advising public institutions and individuals in health, education, philanthropy, and culture throughout the New York City and Otsego areas.  Ed richly deserves this recognition for his commitment to improving services and the quality of life for us all.

Noel Dries is the recipient of the 5th Annual Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award.  This honor is given to individuals, organizations, and companies that have made notable achievements in preserving the heritage of the Leatherstocking Region of Central New York.  A Hyde Hall Trustee since 1999, Noel has dedicated countless hours to studying and analyzing the documents in the Clarke Family Papers and has served as Chairman of the Collections Committee.

In addition to the festivities which include prizes for the Best Hat in Show and the Best Gentleman Jockey, twelve accomplished area artists are contributing their time and talent to present their creativity in the design and embellishment of special horses that will be auctioned off during the evening.  These one of a kind artistic renditions showcase the talent in our local community and their commitment to the preservation efforts at Hyde Hall.  Showcased artists whose work will be featured at The Run for the Roses include Mary Nolan, Roberta Kieler, Susan Jones Kenyon, Karen Katz, Karen Craig Ryland, Carol Waller, Ashley Cooper; Fran Harris, Allison Hill-Edgar, Cheryl Wright, Yolanda Sharpe, and Caroline Connell.

Jon-explains-the-chandeliersJoin us for an unforgettable evening at Hyde Hall!  Tickets for The Run for the Roses Gala are available for purchase at Hyde Hall by contacting Karen Lee Clements at 607-547-5098 or by visiting the Hyde Hall website at http://hydehall.org/purchase-2015-gala-tickets/.  Tickets are $195 per person.  A special junior rate for those under 30 is also available at $100 per person.  Proceeds from this fundraising event support the continued preservation of Hyde Hall.

Hyde Hall (hydehall.org), a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site, was built between 1817 and 1834 as the centerpiece of a 60,000-acre estate inherited by George Clarke, a British-born landowner.  It was inhabited by direct descendants of the Clarke until the 1940s.  It is open for guided tours from May through September, and visitors of all ages will enjoy its beautiful grounds overlooking Otsego Lake and touring its rich collection of furniture, paintings, and decorative arts.  It is located on the grounds of Glimmerglass State Park in Springfield, New York, eight miles north of Cooperstown.

The mission of Hyde Hall Inc. is to inspire and enhance the public’s appreciation of Hyde Hall, a remarkable example of 19th-century neo-classical architecture and its collections by: preserving the building and its site; maintaining the collections; interpreting the domestic, agrarian, and cultural heritage of New York State; promoting scholarly research; documenting the history of the Clarke Family through 8 generations; and, providing space as a cultural center for the community.

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