Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Location: Hilton Albany
Reception - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Silent Auction - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Registration coming soon! | Silent Auction | Overnight Rooms | Sponsors

Deck the halls! Join us for our winter soiree. Let the warmth of friendship take the chill from the air and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear. We hope you will join us for this annual event, where you can celebrate with peers, colleagues, clients, and friends!

Check out all the fun from last year's event

Thank you to our event sponsors! 

Event Host & Partner: Hilton Albany
The Polar Express:  Destination Niagara Falls USA
Frosty:  Discover Saratoga
Jingle All the Way:  Turning Stone Resort
Deck the Halls:  Albany Capital Center
Sneaky Elf: Fort William Henry Hotel
Jack Frost: Conference Direct
Audio/Visual: CMI Communications

All sponsorship options for this year's Holiday Party are officially SOLD OUT

Call for Auction Items: Click to Donate!

The annual ESSAE Holiday Party will be here before you know it. In preparation for this seasonal event we need your help!  Each year the Holiday Party features a silent auction that raises funds for a location charity and our scholarship fund, the Rita Lashway FoundationThrough your generosity, ESSAE has been able to make a huge impact on the local community throughout the years. Last year's auction raised $2,600 for both the Food Pantries for the Capital District and the Rita Lashway Foundation bringing ESSAE’s total donated dollars, since 1993 to over $155,000.

This year's charity will be Capital Roots! Help grow a Healthier Capital Region! Capital Roots started in 1975 as a community service project of Garden Way, the former manufacturer of Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment.Their vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

Today Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.

What can you donate? Auction items can be anything & everything! Wine baskets, museum and city tours, complimentary dining experiences, overnight stay packages, area attractions, sporting events, and so much more! This is your chance to be creative and create an enticing auction item. The holiday auction affords you the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand, services, venue and destination! 

We hope you will consider taking part in this special holiday experience that helps us support our association professionals.

We look forward to seeing you on the auction floor!

Overnight Rooms: The Hilton Albany is offering a special discounted rate of $119. Please contact the hotel at 866-691-1183 and use the Group Code: 1ESSAE when making your reservation. 

Social Media: Join the conversation! Follow us online! Hashtag: #ESSAEHolidays
Consent to Use of Photographic Images: Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ESSAE meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registration to ESSAE's use and distribution (now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee's images or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audio tapes of such events activities. Unless you inform ESSAE that you object, permission is assumed. 

Cancellation Policy: Registrations must be made and paid for by Monday, November 27, 2017. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less $25 service fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event (no-shows). Cancellations will be accepted in writing only and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment. If you are unable to attend, you may send an alternate to the event without additional charge.

Questions? Contact ESSAE: 518-463-1755 or