A Celebration of Love & Friendship

The Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network’s annual Valentine’s Soirée is scheduled to take place Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the prestigious Otesaga Hotel & Resort. Proceeds from the Soirée will support the medical education program of the Bassett Medical Center. 

Honorary Guest: 

Long-time Bassett physician and Director of Medical Education Dr. James Dalton

Reservations required: $150 per person.

This year's event is sold out. To place your name on the waiting list, please call the Friends office at (607) 547-3928. 

Supporting Sponsors: 

Karen Butler, Donald Ford & Kelly Monroe
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan McReynolds
The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp.
Preferred Mutual Insurance Co.
StatStaff Professionals
The Table Rock Group
at Morgan Stanley - Oneonta
Participating Sponsors:  

Bank of Cooperstown
Care Logistics
Cooperstown Brewing Company
EPIC Landscapes, Inc.
Maguire Cardona, P.C.
Mirabito Energy Products
O’Connor First – Attorneys at Law

Council Rock Band, 8-11 p.m., Fenimore Room

A local favorite! Founded 10 years ago and based in Cooperstown, N.Y. Band members include Jim Duncan and John Hodgson on guitar; Marc Spaziani on bass guitar; Carrilu Tietz on keyboard, harp & special effects; and Ed Tietz on drums. Playing popular rock n' roll songs from the 60's to the present. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy!  

Cooperstown Escape Games, Iroquois Room. Four 30 minute experiences: 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

With over 30 years in production entertainment and a highly successful 5-star rated escape room right in Cooperstown, Event Escape Games, will offer an entertainment experience unlike any other.

The pop-up version of the ever popular "Lock-N-Roll" team building escape game will come to life at this year's Soirée! It will be a mind-blowing, multi media experience for your group to enjoy. Play along to the classic rock 'n' roll sound track, solve riddles, jam through mind-boggling puzzles and tricky locks! Fun props and photo ops! Unforgettable challenges and thrills as you rock on!

Teams of eight will be able to sign up for a thirty minute experience beginning at 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Each time slot can accommodate up to six teams. Teams will compete for prizes!

For more information check out the websites at and

Best of Live Raffle:

One lucky winner takes home the auction item of their choice!
Each raffle ticket costs $100.
Only 100 tickets will be sold!
Select any one live auction item.
The winning ticket will be drawn at the soiree just before the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.
The pre-selected item will be removed from the live auction line-up.
No need to be present to win; the winner will be notified by Monday, February 10, 2020.
To purchase a ticket contact the Friends office at (607) 547-3928 or

Live Auction Items (more to come):
1. Heytesbury, England, 10-day stay for 6 in 4-bedroom,1.5 bath in Penney Cottage
Donated by David Redding
Dates to be mutually agreed upon.
Not available Apr. 4-14; May 5-15.
Exp. Dec. 31, 2020
VALUE: $2,000
2. Waterford, ME, 3-night stay for 2 adults at Bear Mountain Inn with romance or relaxation package
Donated by David & Susan Theobald
Mid-week stay or available weekend.
Exp. March 20, 2021
VALUE: $1,500
3. Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head, SC, 7-night stay for 8 in a 3-bedroom, 3-bath vacation home
Donated by Connie & Mike Jastremski
Available Sept. 12 – Dec. 26, 2020
VALUE: $1,000
4. A la carte dinner with wine and champagne toast for 12 guests in the Pioneer Wine Room at The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Donated by The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Date to be arranged by winner with
The Otesaga. Exp. Dec. 31, 2020
VALUE: $1,500
5. A unique hand-painted furniture piece with a Cooperstown scene in the folk art style
Painted & donated by local artist Marge Landers
VALUE: $800
6. Gift Basket: Four 14k gold and four sterling silver jewelry pieces
Donated by Herkimer Diamond Mines
VALUE: $2,020
7. Gift Certificate for 100% grass fed and finished beef
Donated by The Green Cow Farm & Butchery
Exp. Aug. 31, 2020
$500 of frozen beef & $500 of fresh beef to be claimed as needed
VALUE: $1,000
8. Home-cooked, 4-course, German dinner for 10
Donated by Gary Kuch & Ellen Tillapaugh
Date to be mutually agreed upon.
VALUE: $1,000

Reservations required: $150 per person. Invites mailed January 2, 2020. Online registration.

Cocktail Attire: Suit/Cocktail dress

Dinner Stations/Open Bar/Valet Parking 

Overnight accommodations: 

Make the most of your evening and stay overnight at The Otesaga Resort Hotel for a special rate of $189 single/double occupancy plus tax. The hotel’s delicious breakfast is included. For more information and reservations please contact the hotel directly at 800-348-6222 ext. 1, 607-353-6906, or book online at and enter promo code “2422505.”


Area businesses sponsor the event and receive benefits and tickets for their generosity. For information on becoming an event sponsor, please visit our become a sponsor page.


Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network

Office Hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326