The Yaddo Summer Benefit 2022


In this year of revival and recovery, we were delighted to invite the community back to Yaddo for a festive evening attended by longtime supporters, artists and friends, including hundreds of patrons from Saratoga Springs, Albany, and the Capital District.

Yaddo President Elaina Richardson warmly welcomed guests and expressed gratitude to donors, committees, and the local businesses who gave food, flowers and silent-auction items, noting that proceeds from the Benefit play a crucial role in ensuring Yaddo’s residency program continues to flourish.

An evening highlight was a performance full of wit, humor and vocal acrobatics by singer and performance artist Joseph Keckler whose songs garnered laughter and admiration from the crowd.

All told, this year’s Summer Benefit was a roaring success! Together, we raised about $200,000 for our residency program. THANK YOU!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

7:00 P.M.

The Yaddo Mansion

Contact Angela Schlansker at 518-584-0746 or with questions.

Joseph Keckler, photo by Michael Sharkey

Joseph Keckler is a writer, singer and multifaceted creator who often zeroes in on moments of daily life and spins them into absurd and affecting underworld voyages.  Hailed by The New York Times as a “major vocal talent… who shatters the boundaries… with a trickster’s dark humor,” Joseph appears widely, having performed at Lincoln Center, Centre PompidouNPR Tiny Desk and others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, VICE, and elsewhere, and in 2018 his first essay collection Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World was published by Turtle Point Press. This year he is an artist in residence at Dartmouth and The Ringling Museum, and is currently working on new films and recordings. 

A highlight of the Summer Benefit is our incredible Silent Auction. Select items have both in-person and remote bidding. Check out the offerings!




Elaina Richardson

Benefit Planning Committee

Brendan Flanigan – Chair

Sue Allerdice        

Susan Bokan

Tara Curley

Susan DePaula

Tamie Ehinger

Roberta Feiden

Patricia McBride Friesen

Patty HasBrouck

Kelly Healy

Trina Lucas

Robb Moore

Tamara Backer Tepper

Kim Swidler

Sponsorship Committee

Stacie Arpey, Co-Chair

Michael Phinney, Co-Chair

Wallace Allerdice

Mike Arpey

Glen Doherty

Peter Nemer

Candace King Weir

Our Generous Sponsors


Stacie and Mike Arpey


Candace King Weir


Nemer Motor Group

Saratoga Casino Hotel

Swyer Family Foundation

Abrams Publishing



Towne Law

Marilynn and Willis Goldsmith

Susan DePaula

Allerdice Building Supply, Inc.

Phinney Design Group

E. Stewart Jones and Kimberly Sanger Jones


Stewart’s Shops


Ascent Wealth Partners LLC

Chris and Mary Freeze

D.A. Collins Companies

Hodgson Russ

Fil L. Fina III and Mary L. Passaretti 

Brendan Flanigan Interiors

Associates of Glens Falls Insurance

Joseph Tyler


Kim Swidler

Cathy and Elliott Masie

Marjorie Rosenbluth Philips

W. J. Morris Excavating Inc

Alisse K. McGrath and John D. Flavin

Elizabeth Sobol and Jorge Gomez

Gerri L. and John Arpey, Esq.

Peter Cameron

Colonie Mechanical Contractors


Christine and Dylan Ture

Penny Jolly and Jay Rogoff

Marla Kelly

Jon Hays and Robert Pilles Jr.

Trina and Dave Lucas

3H Corporate Services

Judy Dunn and Jim DeMasi

Stephen and Dr. Susan Dorsey

Eileen and Matthew Battle

Shweta and Sanjay Taneja


The LA Group

Stephen Soucy Productions

Patty HasBrouck

Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation