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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Fundraiser for the Center of Vascular Awareness
Soul Session, the band

Hall of Springs, SPAC
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

"The Masquerade Ball"

for the Gala 2013 Save the Date.    
Center for Vascular Awareness, Inc.
5 Pine West Plaza, Suite 501
Albany, NY 12205
mail  info@vaware.orgClick here  or
call  (518) 765-2697 

The Center for Vascular Awareness, Inc is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to fostering mainstream consumer and clinical consciousness of vascular health standards, disease, prevention and treatment options.  

was created by the Center for Vascular Awareness, a group of dedicated medical professionals whose goal is to help educate the public about the nature, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of vascular disease. WHY WE WERE FOUNDED
The Center for Vascular Awareness, Inc. was formed in 2004 to educate the community about vascular disease and keep the issue of vascular health at the forefront of the public's mind. Whether it be everyday lifestyle choices we as a society make, vascular research, interventional surgical techniques and options used in treatment- we at the Center for Vascular Awareness are driven to maintaining and improving vascular health as a critically important need.


The Center for Vascular Awareness, Inc. is dedicated to provide education in the field of vascular medicine to the public, physicians and other health care professionals. This website offers all levels of access to information relating to vascular health. We currently publish a vascular health journal, V-Aware®, and soon will be offering outreach programs to the public. The Center for Vascular Awareness hosts quarterly Albany Vascular Roundtable meetings to the medical community. Please feel free to contact us to obtain additional information.


The Center for Vascular Awareness, Inc receives its funding from online fundraising, out-right gifts and donations, philanthropists and corporate sponsors. Thank you for your support. If you would like to contribute, please follow the instructions featured in the DONATE section of this Web site.


30th Anniversary Celebration of Dancing in the Woods

  Thirty years ago a group of friends gathered to celebrate the holiday season and raise funds for the childhood cancer program at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Dancing in the Woods evolved into the most successful and longest-running fundraising event in our region, raising more than $6.5 million for this program critical to thousands of children and families since 1983. With support from this annual event, the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders has grown into a regional health care resource that offers highly specialized and effective care to children and their families faced with life-threatening illnesses. Three decades of generous community support of the Melodies Center mean that families confronted with this heart-breaking diagnosis can find the care they need close to home, right here at Albany Med – a sure comfort at a time of great unease and uncertainty.

Please join us for an evening of elegance, on Friday, December 6, as we
celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dancing in the Woods – along with 30 years of generosity and 30 years of supporting brighter tomorrows for the hundreds of children treated at the Melodies Center each year.   Much has changed over the years, but the effort of the community on behalf of the children of Albany Medical Center has not.

Your presence at Dancing in the Woods ensures that those who need the
Melodies Center today can continue to count on it for a brighter tomorrow.   Dancing in the Woods
Black Tie Anniversary Ball Our
Title Sponsor

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
9 p.m. to midnight
The Armory at Sage
130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY
Music by Soul Session
Valet parking will be available.

Tickets are $250 per person. Honorary Committee tickets are $300 per person; $600 per couple.

Name inclusion on all event printed materials. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE A limited number of general admission tickets will be available. For Dancing in the Woods event information, or to add yourself or a friend to the 2013 invitation list, please contact Jenny Nagengast at NagengJ@mail.amc.ed or  518-262-3835 .

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lori Kirch at or  518-262-7845 .    Thank you to our sponsors!


"Soulist" Garland Nelson and Friends @ Stratton Mountain Club

December 21, 2013 - Featuring Garland Nelson and Chris Dollard
January 11, 2014 - Stratton Mountain Club Anniversary: Soul Session Quintet
February 15, 2014 - Featuring Garland Nelson and Madison Perruzi
March 1, 2014 - Acoustic Brotherhood with Jay Yager (the Audiostars)
March 8, 2014 - Featuring Garland Nelson and Chris Dollard

Stratton Mountain Club
74 Founder Hill Road, Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
Phone: 802.297.4036
Fax: 802.297.4038

We welcome your interest in becoming a member of the Stratton Mountain Club! The Club provides slope-side convenience  for our community of Stratton families with our members enjoing the benefits of private lockers, ski storage, valet parking, special events and day-long dining. Additionally, our concierge is available to assist our members with arrangements for lift tickets, dining reservations, kids programs and other special requests. For information on membership opportunities, please call Melissa Reece at 802.297.4039 or email


Soul Session, the band's NEW YEARS EVE PARTY!
We're honored to Headline this year's event!

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY -- Ring in the new year with the 16th Annual First Night Saratoga! Prepare for an evening of fun and festivities in downtown Saratoga Springs as families flock to the city to enjoy the marvelous events, festive spirit and holiday entertainment on New Years Eve.

Officials are expecting 14,000 people to attend this year, and are calling this year's First Night event the largest in the state after Times Square, and the largest New Year's Eve event in upstate New York.
What's With The Button?

One button does it all! A First Night Saratoga admission button provides you access to all 35 First Night venues and 70 First Night performances and happenings.

On December 1, 2013, buttons will be available for purchase at:

Adirondack Trust (all locations)
Crafter’s Gallery
Courtyard by Marriott
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Marriott Residence Inn
Price Chopper Supermarkets,
Saratoga Arts
The Saratoga Hilton
Stewart’s Shops
YMCA of Saratoga
Or purchase your First Night button online!

Buttons are still only $15, kids under 12 and under are FREE with the purchase of a button!

Tickets are on sale NOW! Early bird tickets are now on sale for First Night Saratoga 2014. Buy your ticket before December 1st and save $2! Learn more »

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure to wear your button visibly throughout the evening at First Night.


(July 25 - Aug. 29)


Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013
Featured Entertainment: The Garland Nelson Ensemble
Fundraiser - Vision
The Paddock at Saratoga Race Track
5:30p - 8p

A photography project to benefit the Latino Community Advocacy Program of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council.

Agency website:
Agency facebook page:
This project is an exhibit and ongoing project of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. in which Latino immigrants document their everyday lives and present their own photographs in order to share their experiences of living and working in the Saratoga Springs area. Through this, a unique insight is provided into the lives of those who contribute so much to our community.


Soul Session, the band AT SARATOGA RACE TRACK 2013:
Saturdays: Aug. 3 and Aug. 31
12p - 4p

Come on down, bet, enjoy the vibe, and party with Soul Session. 



The Acoustic Brotherhood Together for the Summer Season:
Tuesday, July 30 & Aug. 20

Saratoga National Golf Club
458 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
6p - 9pm

The Acoustic Brotherhood featuring "Soulist" Garland Nelson and the Legend Jay Yager (The Audiostars)


Please view more pictures from the Grand Opening of 11 North Pearl Street.
Albany's newest and hottest venue!
By Niki Rossi Photography

Soul Session
, a high energy and spirited ensemble, performs multi-genre soul music with entertaining command and spontaneous originality.  Led by "soulist" Garland Nelson, FORMER lead vocalist of the New York Players, Soul Session emotes supernatural passions from material by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, and many others.  Founded on the belief that soul music is God's multicultural life line, Soul Session heightens our organic humanity by making the audience the center of attention through call and response, dance, and praise.  Consequently EVERY SHOW manifests a creative classic/neo musical flavor
This Original/Cover Band specializes in All Event types:

Corporate Functions (Large Conferences to Cocktail lunches)
Weddings (Not a Wedding Band, But a Band that does Weddings)
Club Gigs (All Size....we'll blow it up and entertain all age groups)
Recordings (Those in need of studio musicians for original material)
Private Parties (of all sizes and types--e.g. Birthdays and Retirements)
Showcases (Original Music Shows)

Various Combinations of Soul Session, the band:

Concert Band:
- Garland Nelson "Soulist"
- David Gleason - Piano/Keys
- Pete Sweeney - Drums
- Chris Peck - Bass
- Tony Garcia - Percussion
- Tim Williams - Sax/Vocal/Flute
- Brian Kaplan - Guitar/Vocals/Trombone
- Pete Giroux - Trumpet
- Nate Giroux - Tenor Sax
- Tyler Giroux - Valved Trombone
- Kevin Hendrick - Trumpet

- Singers
Rena Graf (Soprano)
    + Chris Dollard (Tenor)
    + Becky Walton (Alto)

Private Events Unplugged / Acoustic Soul (*)
Garland Nelson "Soulist" (*)
- Zac Rossi - Guitar

The Garland Nelson Ensemble
- Chris Dollard - Piano/Vocals
- Garland Nelson - Drums/Vocals
- Chris Peck - Bass
- Tim Williams - Sax/Vocals/Guitar

G7 b5 Production Studios, DBA
(an affiliate of Soul Session Edu-tainment, Inc.)

Owned and operated by Garland Nelson, we specialize in Small to Medium Projects, including solo acoustic artists, 7-9 piece bands, and voice over talent.
This Fully Digital, 32-Track Studio uses Cakewalk X1 Producert, Class A outboard micpre's/DIs, and mastering software plug-ings; excellent recording microphones (eg. Mojave MA 200 & Royer 121 (2)); pro musical equipment (eg. Mahogany Pearl Masters, Aguilar DB 10/15 Bass Cabs, Fender Hot Rod deluxe Amp), and access to world-class professional musicians. Dedicated Singing Booth for vocal tracking and voice-over tracks.  Competitive Rates and open ended access 24 hours pending scheduling. 

For more information, please contact:
Garland Nelson (owner/engineer/vocal talent) 518.583.8102.  If you desire an old-school intimate recording atmosphere with access to a full kitchen, Game Room, and outdoor chill areas, INQUIRE!

****Original Artists seeking Producers and/or Management Consulting are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED!****

Located in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 - Fully Insured

Yo.....just watch the video!  New Years Eve 2009 was off the hook!  Soul Session, Classe Catering, Lang Media Promotions joined forces to create one of Albany's BEST NEW YEARS EVE PARTIES.....EVER!

George Benson at SPAC 2009
- Background Singers: Garland Nelson, Sherry Jean Waite, Chris Dollard, Jeff Halstead, and Emily Bindinger

Soul Session Edu-tainment, Inc. Artist:

Garland Nelson
- Singer/Songwriter/Multi-instrumentalist/Entertainer
- Producer/Event Promotions and Coordinator
- Commercial Work, Jingles, Voice Over, Print Ad, and Radio Personality
- Dramatic Actor, Modern Dance, and Tap

The Margot Malia Band
- Acoustic Spirit Music - Original Indie Rock
* Margot Lynch - Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Pianist
* Garland Nelson - Drums/Vocals
* James Gascoyne - Bass/Electronica

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