(LOUDONVILLE, NY) – Expected to draw more than 350 guests and raise more than $130,000, the 13th annual Emerald Eve to benefit local cystic fibrosis patients via The Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation is set for Saturday, November 16 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs from 7-11 p.m.
“The Foundation makes us feel like everything is possible,” said Mary Potanovic, wife of Tom, a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient from Schenectady.
Emerald Eve is a celebration designed to make everyone feel that way.
“No matter what lies ahead, we know we have the Foundation behind us and that they are there if we need them,” she said.  “It is an amazing feeling.”
Dedicated to positively impacting the lives of Capital Region cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, the Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation (DMCF) was established in 2000 in honor of its namesake who battled CF for nearly 42 years. Its mission is to alleviate the financial burdens associated with cystic fibrosis and to help make life better for patients and their families. Over the past 13 years, the family-run, non-profit charity has raised more than $1.75 million to achieve that goal.
Scott Duesterdick, Vice President- of the Substantive Policy Group at Ayco Company L.P., and DMCF honorary committee member, said, “The Foundation provides the opportunity to see the impact your support has in your own back yard as it helps people struggling with this disease. It is something you rarely have a chance to witness.”
Mr. Duesterdick, of Niskayuna, worked with Donna when she was a manager for the Retirement Services Group at Ayco. He went on to say, “Donna was a compassionate person who lived life to the fullest and did not let CF define her. What the Foundation has accomplished in her memory is one of the most impressive things we have seen locally.”
Emerald Eve is the charity’s only fundraising event, during which patients, families, medical providers and community supporters join together for an evening of camaraderie in an atmosphere of hope and solidarity.
“Years ago we started The Foundation as a way to keep Donna’s memory alive,” said David Crandall, DMCF President. “Now we realize it has become a vehicle for others to remember and honor their loved ones as well.”
Gala highlights will include a video presentation featuring Mrs. Potanovic, Mr. Duesterdick, Donna’s Mother, Ann Murray, and others who will share their stories. The jazz duo Tequila Mockingbirds, a raw bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, elegant carving stations and silent and live auctions round out the evening. The live auction is a lively performance emceed by David Crandall, and this year will feature an emerald necklace donated by Northeastern Fine Jewelers valued at $2,000, a romantic getaway in the Adirondacks at Fern Lodge and other unique bidding opportunities.
For more information or to purchase tickets ($120 per person), contact Lisa Cheney at Lisa@crandallfoundation.org or by calling (518) 453-6369.
Emerald Eve’s Platinum Sponsors are Capital Region Orthopedic Associates, Cool Insuring Agency, Inc., Mazzone Hospitality and The Robert and Jean Taylor Fund; Gold Sponsors are Ascent Wealth Partner, LLC, Arthur J. Gallagher Insurance Agency, Kimberly Smith Company, New England Systems and Software, Powmat LTD, Saratoga Financial Systems, Strategic Solutions and The Flaherty Family Foundation.
The Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation is a 501© (3) charity established in 2000 as a formal tribute to Scotia’s Donna M. Crandall, who battled cystic fibrosis for 41 years. A family-run, volunteer-based organization, the Foundation has no overhead and has never had to say “no” to a patient in need.
For more information, please visit www.donnacrandallfoundation.org.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. A defective gene causes the body to produce unusually thick mucus that clogs the lungs and pancreas, leading to life-threatening lung infections and preventing natural digestive enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
The Donna M. Crandall Memorial Foundation
50 Traditional Lane— Loudonville, NY 12211— Phone: (518) 453-6369

Posted on:  October 31, 2013