Carrie Lazarus

NewsChannel 9 co-anchor Carrie Lazarus will serve as emcee at the annual gala of the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS), featuring Tuck & Patti. The gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. July 27 on the lawn of Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center, a former Roosevelt mansion on Skaneateles Lake.

Lazarus, a Central New York institution for more than 20 years, co-anchors four daily newscasts and hosts “Family Healthcast.”

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Guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart, now in their 35th year of performing together, are partners in life as well as on the stage. Patti is the writer, arranger and producer; Tuck provides the orchestration.

Their latest release, “I Remember You,” features love songs from the Great American Songbook—many of which will be performed at the gala.

Dinner will be provided by Phoebe’s Restaurant and the Sherwood Inn; wine, by Anyela’s Vineyards; and desserts, by Joelle’s French Bistro and Rosalie’s Cucina. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

“This will be an unforgettable evening,” says SKARTS president Holly Gregg. “With their unique combination of warm, sultry vocals, layered over serious jazz guitar virtuosity, Tuck & Patti will blow the audience away.”

Sponsors of the event are Anyela’s Vineyards, Auburn Party Rental, Patience Brewster & Holland Gregg III, Clear Channel Communications, Cowley Associates, Delmonico Insurance, Dermody Burke & Brown CPAs LLC, Fouad & Michael Dietz and Dietz Designs, Evan & Liz Dreyfuss, Dunk & Bright Furniture, Eagle Newspapers, Fleur de Lis Florist, Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith PC and Hiscock & Barclay LLP.

Also, Joelle’s French Bistro, Jim & Kimball Kraus, M&T Bank, McGlynn Interiors, Bob & Sally Neumann, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Patisserie, Phoebe’s, Rosalie’s Cucina, Carl Schramm & Ellyn Brown, Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles Journal, Skaneateles Press, Skaneateles Talk, Syracuse New Times/Family Times, The Citizen, The Jacobs Press, WAER Syracuse Public Media, WCNY, WRVO Public Media and Carol Watson/Watson Greenhouse.

The gala is a fund-raiser for SKARTS, which works to celebrate the visual and performing arts by creating an environment where cultural activity thrives in our community.

“We expect to have a sell-out, so those who would like to attend are advised to register early,” says Gregg.

Tickets are $125 for regular seating, $250 for VIP seating, and are available at Advance purchase is required.