Lake Placid Sinfonietta Donates raffle proceeds

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta donates half the summer’s park series raffle proceeds to the Paul White Memorial Shell fund.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta made a donation of $1070, half of the summer’s Park Series raffle proceeds, to the Paul White Memorial Shell Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust. The orchestra has presented a free community concert series in this shell in Mid’s Park in downtown Lake Placid every summer since the structure was originally built by Sinfonietta volunteers in 1976.

Sinfonietta board member Lethe Lescinsky presents a check to Niki Politi for the renovation of the Paul White Memorial Shell.

Presenting the check on behalf of the Sinfonietta Board of Directors was board member and Park Series volunteer chair Lethe Lescinsky. Accepting on behalf of the Ad-Hoc group working to restore the shell was Niki Politi, granddaughter of conductor and composer Paul White for whom the shell is named and a past President of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta board of directors. Music Director Ron Spigelman, spoke passionately about the shell last summer saying “The Park Concerts have become one of our most beloved concert series and in order to continue this gift to the community it is absolutely necessary that the venue be in good repair. The initiative to replace the shell with a more modern and usable structure is going to benefit us for many years in the future and a worthwhile investment!”

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is able to offer a raffle at each Park Series concert because of the generous donations of raffle prizes by area businesses. Raffle donors this past summer included The Sugar Shack, Emmas Ice Cream, Jeri Wright’s Natural Expressions, Norms Barber Shop, Contemporary Images, The Palace Theater, and Pirates Cove Adventure Mini-Golf.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta is a fully professional orchestra bringing some of the top musicians from around the country to perform in and around Lake Placid for six weeks each summer. In addition to the six concerts held in Mid’s Park where the Paul White Memorial Shell is located, the orchestra presents a series of six concerts at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, an annual children’s concert, and five Adirondack Series concerts in other communities.

For more complete information on the orchestra, the musicians, and programs please visit the Lake Placid Sinfonietta’s website at

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