Annual Holiday Party & Silent Auction

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Latham
400 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sponsors | Auction | Location Details | Event Policies

Each December the association community comes together to share in the year-end spirit, camaraderie, and to extend our collective reach to support good-works. Each year a regional charity, along with the Rita Lashway Scholarship, share in the proceeds of our silent auction. This year’s charity will be Equinox, Inc. 365 Days A Year. Changing Lives. Strengthening Communities! Since 1993 over $173,000 have been generated by your generosity. Don’t miss out on the last chance in 2019 to gather together with all your ESSAE friends and colleagues for an evening of holiday cheer and a good cause.

Check out all the fun from last year's event! 

Thank you to our event sponsors! 

Host: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Latham
Pictures with Santa: Destination Niagara USA
Jingle All the Way:  Turning Stone Resort
Deck the Halls: Albany Capital Center
Buddy the Elf: Visit Rochester 
Audio/Visual: CMIAV
Decor: Total Events
Nutcracker: Saratoga City Center

Still Available: (as of 10.24.19)

  • Mistletoe & Holly
  • Frosty
  • Jack Frost

Call for Auction Items

Click to donate an item(s) for the Silent Auction!

Each year the Holiday Party features a silent auction that raises funds for a location charity and our scholarship fund, the Rita Lashway ScholarshipThrough your generosity, ESSAE has been able to make a huge impact on the local community throughout the years. Last year's auction raised $3,600 for both The Alzheimer's Association and the Rita Lashway Scholarship program bringing ESSAE’s total donated dollars, since 1993 to over $173,000.

This year’s charity will be Equinox, Inc. 365 Days A Year. Changing Lives. Strengthening Communities.

Equinox is a human services agency with deep roots in the Capital Region dating back to 1947. Equinox provides services to more than 5,000 youth and adults–and their families–impacted by domestic violence, substance use and addiction, mental health disorders, homelessness, and the challenges of living amid poverty and violence. Nearly 200 dedicated staff provide compassionate care and life-changing opportunities at 12 locations throughout our community.  In addition, Equinox partners with the community—nearly 4,000 volunteers and 300 businesses, schools, congregations, organizations, farms, and families—to provide 10,000 meals to our Capital Region neighbors in need through its Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner—in its 50th year.

Equinox is grateful for the essential support it receives throughout the year from such a caring and generous community. Thank you for believing in the work we do and for embracing our mission—Together, we are changing lives and strengthening communities.  Discover more about Equinox at or

What can you donate? It's about the experience! Experiential items create memories and journeys for attendees. Memorable and unique auction items might include: weekend getaways and airline tickets, spa days, brewery tours, area attractions, museum and city tours, hot air balloon rides, theme park tickets, golf or ski outings, concert tickets and backstage passes, complimentary dining experiences, sporting events, and so much more!

This is your chance to be creative! 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.

Location & Overnight Accommodations

We are pleased to be working with the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Latham as the host venue for this year’s holiday event inside the beautiful Atrium! The Atrium is conveniently located in the northern tier of Albany County, just off I-87 (the Northway). The Atrium features 4,000 square feet of ballroom space that can seat up to 350 guests. 

Our host is offering a discounted overnight room rate of $99 for a King Standard or Double Queen room. Guests will have access to a 24-hour business center, fitness center, complimentary parking, WiFi, hot breakfast, and airport shuttle service! To make your overnight reservations please contact the hotel at 518-783-6161 by November 27 and reference the Group Code: ESE.  

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites, as part of the IHG family, participates in the Green Engage system, a comprehensive online sustainability platform that allows hotels to track, measure, and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption. This system also provides technical guidance that hotels can implement on property to deliver greater sustainability! 

Event Policies

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 Thursday, November 28, 2019. 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 [email protected]