Saratoga — Eleven years ago, the Emerald Eve was held in a living room, a night for family and friends of Donna Crandall to gather and celebrate her life.

Now, Emerald Eve is an annual event that draws some 350 guests and is held at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. It’s still a night to remember Donna, of Scotia, but it also has raised more than $1.2 million for the Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation.

“One of the really amazing things is that a lot of the people that were there at the first Emerald Eve have been at all the Emerald Eves,” said David Crandall, Donna’s husband. “I think it’s a tribute to Donna, to the family and most importantly it’s a tribute to the patients. … It’s really compelling that people want to reach out and try to make a difference.”

This year’s Emerald Eve is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Crandall family created the foundation in 2000 after Donna’s death at age 41 from cystic fibrosis. Its mission is to provide support to people with CF and their families.

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Posted on:  November 16, 2011