October 22, 2015


Contact:        Mary Ellen Whitney                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel:               (518) 598-1279                                  E-mail:         mwhitney@stride.org 

Rensselaer, NY – October 21, 2015 –  STRIDE Adaptive Sports will host the 30 Years of STRIDE Gala Celebration on Saturday, November 14th, at 6pm in the new Renaissance Albany Hotel.  The event will be the hallmark event of STRIDE’s 30th anniversary year and will raise funds to support the nonprofit’s therapeutic sports programs for individuals with disabilities.

30 Years of STRIDE will be the first large gala to be held in the newly opened Renaissance Albany Hotel on State Street in downtown Albany.  The Renaissance Albany is located in the same building as the historic DeWitt Clinton Hotel and opened on October 15th after a $48 million renovation led by Columbia Development.  Seated at the base of Albany’s Capitol Steps, the hotel is home to Wellington’s Restaurant and will be attached to the future Albany Capital Center.

The gala evening will begin with an open bar cocktail reception in “The Shelf” where guests will have a chance to mingle, bid in the silent auction, and enjoy live music.  The cocktail reception will be followed by dinner in the ballroom, silent and live auctions, and an evening of dancing to music by the Stray Dogs.

            “We are so excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary, and all that’s been accomplished by our children and Warriors with disabilities,” says Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and Founder of STRIDE Adaptive Sports. “The funds raised at the 30 Years of STRIDE Gala will be vital to ensuring our therapeutic sport and recreation programs continue to change lives.”

The ticket price for the event is $100 per person, with sponsorship opportunities starting at $500.  Current sponsors include NewsChannel 13; Frank and Beth Wicks; KeyBank; Braverman Greenspun; Coldwell Banker Prime Properties; E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy; NYSID; The United Group; Albany Urologic Oncology; Bond, Schoeneck & King; Farm Family; Girvin & Ferlazzo; Greg Mastrianni Design; Lavelle & Finn; Pioneer Bank; Rose & Kiernan; and Usherwood Office Technology.

For information on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor while helping local children and Warriors with disabilities, please contact the STRIDE office by phone (518-598-1279) or via email at info@stride.org.  Tickets can also be purchased at STRIDE’s website:  www.stride.org.
STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides over 8,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons each year to individuals with disabilities, focusing on youth and Wounded Warriors. With a focus on individual life-time sports, STRIDE programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all.  STRIDE is a partner member of Disabled Sports USA and Professional Ski Instructors of America; a US Paralympic Sport Club; a training club for New York Special Olympics; and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.  


Jamie Brough, Program Development Director

STRIDE Adaptive Sports
476 North Greenbush Road #9 | Rensselaer, NY | 12144
office (518)598-1279 | fax (518)391-2563
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