Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Open House Slated for Sunday, July 9

Historic St. Joseph's Church Open to Public from 1 - 3 p.m.

ALBANY, 6/20/2006 – On Sunday, July 9, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Historic Albany Foundation will host an Open House at the former St. Joseph’s Church. The public is invited to see the interior stabilization project, view an exhibit about the history of the building and parish, and hear about plans for the future.

St. Joseph’s is located at Ten Broeck and Second Streets, one block from the Palace Theatre. There is no fee to attend the open house.

Committee 150 members will be present to discuss their campaign to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the former St. Joseph’s Church, and to raise $150,000 to continue stabilization work on the once-endangered building.

Through parties and donations, Committee 150 has already raised more than $10,000. A challenge grant from prominent investment counselor Candace King Weir, owner of C.L. King & Associates Inc., which matches each $2 raised with $1 additional, brings the total to date to over $15,000 – one tenth of their goal. The campaign began in May and is slated to end in the fall.

“We have a number of events already scheduled for July and August,” said Colleen Ryan, who co-founded Committee 150 with Elizabeth Griffin. “From a Gershwin Garden Party, to a New England Style Clambake, to a Splashdown for St. Joe’s featuring a chartered trip on the Albany Aqua Duck, Committee 150 members are coming up with fun and creative ideas for their parties.”

In addition, The Upstate Artist’s Guild is planning a party for August, and two Committee 150 members have joined forces to offer a “Winner’s Choice Raffle” with a prize of a catered dinner party for 8 or cocktail reception for 25 at an elegant Center Square residence, to be announced at the final Open House at St. Joseph’s in September.

“It’s not too late to join Committee 150 and support the stabilization of the former St. Joseph’s Church,” said Ryan. “With each party, each open house, and each discussion, we hope that people will begin imagining the possibilities for this magnificent structure.”

For information about the stabilization project at St. Joseph’s, contact Erin Tobin Bearden at Historic Albany Foundation at http://www.historic-albany.org/ or 518-465-0876 x 12. To learn more about Committee 150, or to sign up to plan and host a party, visit committee150.blogspot.com or leave voice mail at 518-462-1900.



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