and the Saratoga Festival of Trees BY JULIA INGERSOLL, PHOTOS BY MARKBOLLES.COM
PURPOSE PROPELLING PROMISE
You walk in and you just marvel at all of the beauty and talent. It’s truly spectacular, said Rick Dunn, committee principal for the Saratoga Festival of Trees.
“You have to remember that first and foremost, this is a fundraiser. It’s about making sure our friends at Catholic Charities can continue making the impact our community so seriously needs,” said Rick.
Thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of beautiful ornaments, an evening that sparkles as you kick off the holiday season with your closest friends. Or, hundreds of giddy children in their holiday plaids, waiting in anticipation to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and more. Whether you’re at the Preview Reception, Family Day Breakfast with Santa, or viewing the trees in between, Rick’s comment captures the thoughts of many, the Saratoga Festival of Trees is “truly spectacular.”
Proceeds of the Saratoga Festival of Trees benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. And for the past 20 years, Rick has been the man behind many of the corporate sponsorships that help ensure this fundraiser sees a profit.
But, you won’t hear Rick idle for long on the event itself. Because, as magical as it is, it has a weightier purpose than just fun and festive trimming.
Rick’s story starts in Delmar, New York, continues through Cornell University, then to Germany as an army officer, and eventually working for Pricewaterhouse in Colorado. By 1978, he and his wife, Anita, were back in the Capital Region as Rick became the chief accountant for Skidmore College. Three years later, Rick made a move that defined the rest of his career.
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Published on Nov 17, 2016