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MPH Spring Gala

MPH Spring Gala: Celebrating Great Teachers

View Photos from the MPH Spring Gala on May 20, 2022.

Over 220 guests joined us for the MPH Spring Gala on Friday, May 20 at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. After a two-year hiatus, the event was a much-welcomed opportunity for the MPH community to gather and celebrate. Guests enjoyed wine tasting, delicious food from Karen’s Catering, a commemorative video, heartfelt speeches including a tribute to Don Ridall, and a spirited live auction. The evening concluded with a performance by Prime Time Horns.

We are thrilled to announce that the MPH Spring Gala was a resounding success! Thanks to our guests, sponsors, advertisers, and donors, over $140,000 was raised to support students, faculty, and programs of MPH. You can view our event program here.

Thank you to all of our guests for being part of a special evening. A shout out to our Gala Committee members and emcees Jay Brown, Ted Curtis, Jake Hafner, and Jason Smorol, who were instrumental in the making the event one to remember.

 We appreciate you sharing in this wonderful celebration of MPH.

Spring Gala FAQs

Q: Can I expedite check-in?
A: Yes! We’re recommending all attendees register their email and credit card through our online platform, Greater Giving, if you have not done so already. This ensures access to online bidding before and during the event, and easy check in and check out at the end of the night.
Q: What is the attire?
A: Cocktail attire is preferred.
Q. Is there parking on site?
A. Yes, parking is available at the venue. Upon entering the Owera Vineyards property, you will need to follow the path and veer right toward the event space. Patron parking is available to guests who purchased this option.
Q. Will there be wine tasting?
A. Yes, each guest will be treated to a sampling of Owera’s wine upon arrival.
Q: Is there assigned seating?
A: No, the event will feature a cocktail reception and stations. Seating will be available, but no seats or tables are assigned. We encourage attendees to get up and mingle.
Q: Will there be entertainment? 
A: In addition to a food stations and an open bar from 6-8 p.m., we are pleased to present Prime Time Horns as the musical act for the evening. There will also be presentations from various members of the MPH community to honor Don Ridall and our teachers. You won’t want to miss it! See our program for additional details.
Q: What types of auction items will be available?
A: We have incredible packages this year in both our silent and live auctions. Guests can bid on vacations, a luxury suite at the Syracuse Mets, a backyard movie night complete with movie screen and food, spa packages, home improvement items, summer camps, and more! Our silent auction items are open for bidding between now and Friday at 8 p.m. here, with more being added! You must register on Greater Giving.
Q: What is the Wine Glass Raffle? 

A: Thanks to our friends at Skaneateles Jewelry, we have a gorgeous Hearts on Fire 1.5 carat diamond ring (valued at $7,500) to offer at our event. There will be 70 hand-painted and numbered wine glasses available for $50 each, which you can purchase through our online platform beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20 here or in person at the event. When all glasses are sold, a number will be drawn at random, and one lucky winner will receive the ring! Plus, the glasses are yours to keep. This has become a fun tradition at our events and guests have enjoyed collecting the different glasses over the years.
Q: I can no longer attend, or know someone who cannot attend, but would like to contribute… is this an option?
A: Yes! Simply go to our MPH Fund page to make a tax-deductible gift. All proceeds from our event support this fund.


 For questions about the Spring Gala, please contact Karen Belgrader at or (315) 430-3376.


Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

M&T Bank


Gold Sponsors

BHG Financial

KSP Painting of Syracuse & The Pisciarino Family

Syracuse ENT Surgeons, PLLC

The Wildhack Family



CBD Companies

Dermatology Associates of CNY

Had Fuller ‘66A

The Murthy-Joshi Family

Lynn D’Elia Temes & Stanczyk

Mark and Diane Wladis & Family

Steven and Lexi Wladis



Brown & Brown of New York, Inc

FS Engineering, DPC

L & J.G. Stickley, Inc

Mafrici Law Office, P.C.

The Marrone Law Firm


Northland Communications


Ragan Real Estate Team

The West Family