Reveling in the New Year

Published 9:32 pm Saturday, December 28, 2013

Downtown might not have quite the ambiance of New York’s Times Square when the clock strikes 12, but Suffolk still offers some options for bringing in the New Year.

The heat will be on for one event: a dinner-dance at the First Lady, benefiting Suffolk Project Lifesaver and the Firefighters Benevolent Fund.

Tickets are $40 each, which includes the food, the dancing and a New Year’s toast at midnight to boot.

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue Lt. Mason Copeland previously said the event was organized at the last minute, as “an opportunity to try to make some money” for the two organizations.

Project Lifesaver, currently with 43 participants, fits tracking devices to clients with a risk of wandering, such as Alzheimer’s or autism sufferers.

It does not rely on local, state or federal government funding, and saves taxpayers the cost of searching for missing folks.

Meanwhile, the Firefighters Benevolent Fund helps firefighters who’ve fallen on hard times, such as a family illness that results in big medical bills, or some other emergency.

The event is tentatively planned for 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Copeland can be contacted at 754-8787 or

Another community-benefiting event will take place at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn, hosted by the Cover 3 Foundation to raise money for its program supplying meals for needy children.

The program feeds about 4,000 young people in after-school programs, and foundation founder Greg Scott — a retired NFL defensive lineman — previously said organizers were excited about the fun New Year’s Eve event.

Planned are food, beverages and a champagne toast at midnight. It starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m. Single tickets are $60, while a four-person package including overnight stay at the Hilton costs $350. Packages for two and three folks are also available.

Sponsors include the Hilton Garden Inn and Obici Healthcare Foundation.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 562-2252.

Elizabeth Yasuk, its general manager, said the Vintage Tavern off Bridge Road would offer a special New Year’s Eve menu, as well as sell glasses of champagne for $5.

“Right now, we have about 200 reservations,” Yasuk said, adding the eatery would remain open for anyone who wants to toast the arrival of 2014.

Nearby Suffolk, the Airfield 4-H Conference Center at Wakefield, 15189 Airfield Road, is holding an event dubbed the New Year’s Eve Resolution Revolution.

It’s a “casino night filled with dinner, drinking and dancing,” according to organizers, with games and prizes up to $5,000, music by The Rhondels, the de rigueur midnight champagne toast, and overnight packages available.

Proceeds will benefit education programs at the conference center, and the event is from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. and costs $175 for couples — or $225 with overnight accommodation and a New Year’s Day brunch. For reservations, call 899-4901.