Lake Placid – Arguably the most anticipated fundraiser and social event in Upstate New York has been the Joy to the Children gala at the Mirror Lake Inn.
For 33 years, this one-night event has raised thousands of dollars for youth programs at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts – This external link opens in a new browser tab (LPCA). The Weibrecht family opened the doors of its hotel to the community and some 500 guests responded. The Mirror Lake Inn feted the donors with AAA Four Diamond food and drink (gratis) and hospitality.
“All the money raised, which has exceeded $2 million since the inception of ‘Joy’, benefits local charities including 380 children’s programs for over 40,000 local youth participants,” said Ed Weibrecht, who together with wife Lisa created this event.
Scores of silent auction items were on display, courtesy of the generosity of area businesses who donated their services to connect the region’s youth with the arts. The yearly event in the Adirondacks occurred in early December and was considered the official kick-off to the holiday season. And then came COVID.
The last time Joy to the Children was held in person was 2019. The pandemic eliminated gatherings of this size causing the hotel to reluctantly make the decision to cancel. Nevertheless, the event continues virtually.
The normal ticket purchase to attend at the Inn remains tax deductible. There is a link on the arts center website directing the “attendees” to the appropriate form.
As for the auction itself, items will be available at Autria’s Auction Event page – This external link opens in a new browser tab from Dec. 6-10, but visit the page regularly as items will be fluid with opportunities coming and going. The web page also includes a message from arts center Executive Director James Lemons.
In channeling the Olympic concept of the well-rounded individual, it’s well known that Lake Placid attracts world class athletes and competitions. But the Olympic charter references sports, arts and education creating the complete person. Through the programming of the LPCA, this community can boast offering all of these personal assets, especially to youngsters through Joy to the Children.