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Parties & Openings

July 14 - Tivoli
Tivoli Artists' Gala
July 14 - Kinderhook
Sylvia Center Dinner
July 14 - Red Hook
Bard SummerScape Gala

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The 2016 Columbia-Greene Garden Party

Amy Krzanik reports from Germantown. When a well-respected architect/interior decorator couple invite you to their home on the Hudson River, you don’t say “no.” And when the invite doubles as the annual fundraising garden party for Alliance for Positive Health (formerly the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York), you RSVP ASAP, as did around 300 people this past Sunday, Sept. 4. The 2016 Columbia~Greene Garden Party took place at the home of Hermes Mallea and RI’s Wandering Eye columnist Carey Maloney. Fairview Wines & Spirits provided the sipping and Simons Catering covered the snacking as guests basked in the sunlit views of the Hudson River and enjoyed music by longtime Garden Party supporters Kelly Mittleman & Friends. Guests toured the rooms and grounds of the mid-century home, and put their bids in on an expertly curated silent auction, which included a five-night Safari package in South Africa, theater tickets, art, jewelry, furniture, clothing and other items. [Above: Michele McClave, former executive director of the Alliance for Positive Health and current acting commissioner of the Albany County Department of Social Services, who was honored at this year’s event, with board president Mary Jane Bendon Couch and board member Peter Bevacqua.

Former board member William Allen with the garden party fundraiser’s founder, Frances Ingraham Heins, Steven Girvin and Jeffrey Kaufman; Les Rosenzweig, new board member Thomas Walling and host Hermes Mallea.

James M. Gaughan, the mayor of Altamont, N.Y., with Donna Vancavage, the Alliance’s director of development and marketing, and Keith Lee; Albany attorney Barbara Brenner with board member Carolyn Anderson and the Hon. Margaret Walsh.

Kurt Parde and Claire Parde, who is the executive director of the Healthcare Consortium, with Richard Byrne, Brad Lohrenz and Jane Duffstein of Bard College.

Honey Wilde with Anita Nasuto; Doug Weeden and Brett Carlson.

Board members Kelley Winslow, Victor Mendolia and Jeffrey Kaufman flank NY State Assemblymember Didi Barrett [third from left]; Andy Goldsborough and Alex Contreras of The Gilded Owl in Hudson.

Yosuke Chikamoto, Joe Naylor, John Garofalo, Peter O’Hara and Joseph Sniado.

Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, and Mark Prezorski of the Olana State Historic Site; host Carey Maloney with Nancy Ursprung, Charles Rosen and Duke Dang.

George Jordan, Mark Strieter and Agustin Rodriguez; event committee member Patrick Terenchin and Mike Clifford of AFPH.

Rebecca Reiss and Ellen Walker behind the bar.

The cutest thing on four legs, Frankie, at home; hot heels signed by Whoopi Goldberg were up for grabs at the silent auction.

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