Photo submitted The Sanford Stud Farm is located at the corner of Route 30 and Tessiero Square in the town of Amsterdam.


Recorder News Staff

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — Tickets are still available for a fundraising raffle being held by the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm with a grand prize of $10,000.

The 2017 Raffle Fundraiser is being held on Sept 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Broodmare Barn at the Sanford Stud Farm on Route 30. The raffle begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 each.

Thomas DiMezza, vice president for the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm Board of Directors, said Monday that approximately 150 of 300 tickets remain.

There is a total of $15,000 in cash prizes and all money raised goes toward restoring the barns and keeping the property up. The second prize is $2,000, third is $1,000 (two of those) and fourth is $500 (two of those).

“There’s things that still need to be done in the barns, we are trying to get restrooms put in there so that people that visit the barn have a restroom area,” DiMezza said.

He said recent updates at the property included installing heat, some work on the kitchen area and mitigating lead.

“Its coming along,” DiMezza said. “Thus far, between the Friends of Sanford,  the grant that we have obtained and the town of Amsterdam we’ve put probably close to $450,000 in there.”

Sam Hildebrandt, Jr., president of the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm Board of Directors, said this is the first event of its kind. He explained that the friends hold several different events such as open houses and days at the track, as well as fundraisers such as Horse Tails and Cocktails but they are looking to get a little more aggressive toward their projects.

“Our concern is we have gotten a little more aggressive in our undertaking, so we decided we’d really thought that we would give this a shot and see if we could make ideally $15,000,”  Hildebrandt said.

He said the group is looking at establishing water and sewer lines at the facility so they can have restrooms and a functional kitchen. With this, Hildebrandt said, they would be able to have groups or gatherings since it’s owned by the town of Amsterdam. He said it would be a facility that people could lease out.

Hildebrandt said this is the 10th year of the Friends of Sanford Stud Farm.

“This is kind of an exciting thing to have during your 10th year, to try something new,” he said.

The event, he explained, is also an opportunity to bring people into the facility to see what has been done over the last year. He said most of the work has been concentrated on the inside so when people drive by they just see the same building.

“But the treasure, so to speak, is on the inside of the building,” he said.

Hildebrandt said the kitchen has been restored to what it looked like in 1905.

Chad Hartwig, who is also on the board of directors, said it’s nice to open up the barn and get people in there.

“It’s just a little piece of walking through history right on Route 30,” he said. “It’s nice when the barn gets open to the public to have people walk through there and you get a little lesson of how instrumental that barn was.”

Hildebrandt said if the raffle fundraiser is a success, they would like to make it an annual event.

“This is our first year, our first year doing it, our first endeavour,” DiMezza said. “We will just see how it goes and hopefully we can make a little bit of money to continue the history of the barn.”

Those participating in the drawing must be at least 21-years-old. There will be refreshments served at the event and each ticket holder has one guest permitted. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 518-848-7825 or 518-441-1129.