5th Annual Lark St. Mardi Gras Festival

We are once again co-sponsoring this event with Magic Hat and Capital Roots.  Always a fun time and there is some big $$ and other great prizes up for grabs!

http://facebook.com/events/326949894180256           http://www.magichat.net/mardigras/mgalbany/


Mardi Gras '15

This Saturday is the Santa Speedo Sprint!!

Eventbrite Registration Page  <>  Facebook Event Page


Want to join ASAP? Of course you do! Here’s how…

ASAP (Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is currently wrapping up our 10th year of existence, and what a ride it’s been so far.  In the past 10 years our members have grown older, more handsome, more classy, and of course more awesome.  Many of us have married, had kids, become business owners, moved away for career opportunities, but most of all, we’ve had great times hosting events to raise money for local charities while keeping it fun and awesome.

Moving into decade #2, we would like to see our membership grow to keep our events and mindset fresh and on point.  We’re looking for new recruits to join us who want to do the following:

–  Relax and Encourage your fellow Man (our Motto)
–  Host events to benefit local charities
–  Attend a monthly meeting to discuss events while enjoying a few drinks
–  Be awesome, look awesome, and spread awesomeness through-out the Capital Region

What  are some of the advantages to being an ASAP Member?  Glad you asked:

–  #1 is of course feeling great about helping others in the area that need a hand
–  Networking.  We have members in all types of career fields, sports, clubs, etc. who probably know someone that can help you with that thing that you need help with.
–  College Student?  Having a non-profit group on your resume always looks good.
–  We like to raise money and party, while keeping it fun.  Some of our past events include:
–  The Annual Santa Speedo Sprint (this Saturday on Lark St.)
–  The Annual Fall Ball
–  The Annual Festival of Meats & Bacon
–  The Annual Spring Fling
–  Lark St. Mardi Gras Pub Crawl (Hosted by Magic Hat with our help)
–  Fort Orange Olympics
–  Awesomely Adult Prom

That’s a short explanation about who we are and what we do.  We encourage you and some of your Buds to stop by one of our monthly meetings to find out more, see if you would like to join our group, and have a few beers.  Meetings are currently held the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30/8pm’ish at the location below.  If you haven any questions you can email info@albanysocity.org.  Hope to see you there!

Elks Lodge (downstairs in the Jolly Cork Lounge behind Junior’s Bar)
25 South Allen Street, Albany, NY 12208

Some links to find out more about us:




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9th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint

Our biggest event of the year is back!

More Info and Tickets: Eventbrite  –  Facebook


Click the image below for a Holiday Poem

SSS Poem

Don’t Forget, this Saturday!

Facebook and Eventbrite


6th Annual Festival of Meats

One of our favorite events of the year is back!  $25 for all you can eat!  Get your tickets and more info at:

Facebook and Eventbrite

2014 Festival of Meats


Summer Sip on the Hill

We have to help save Cherry Hill!
If you have been following the news, Historic Cherry Hill, one of Albany’s beautiful historic landmark Mansion Museums, is in dire financial peril.
As Citizens of Albany and the greater Capital Region, we must take action to preserve this house!
The Tuesday Special was wicked successful and now we are giving a Summer Sip Special for tickets!
2 tickets for $75 all week long; single tickets are $38!  Save money, have fun?!? Sounds like Empire Wine and ASAP are bringing it!
Empire Wine and Liquor and The Albany Society are sponsoring an event called Summer Sip on the Hill to benefit Historic Cherry Hill — 523 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Food by Slidin’ Dirty, Beer, Wine, Cider, Classic Cocktails, Tastings, Live Music, and a Silent Auction
Tickets are $38 per person or $75 for two and available at the door and online at http://tinyurl.com/siponthehill
Summer Sip on the Hill

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner…

Actually, it’s Winner, Winner, $1,000 Scholarship…but that doesn’t flow as well.

We would like to send out a big congrats to Brady Scott for winning this year’s ASAP Scholarship!  We will be meeting up with Brady to personally congratulate him for a great essay and the work he is doing to help his fellow man, and to hand him $1,000 towards his Freshman year tuition.

Deadline for essay submissions is tomorrow.  $1,000 is up for grabs towards your Freshman year at an area college!  Plus you get your picture taken with Stately Gentlemen of ASAP handing you a big-boy check…win-win-win.


Send us an essay and you could be selected to receive $1,000 towards your Freshman year at a local college!


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Check Presentations

Check Presentations

We were happy to deliver checks to our Friends at the EBA, Damien Center, Albany Med HIV/AIDS Program, Historic Cherry Hill and the HDSA last night at our monthly meeting. Thanks to all that participated and/or donated at our events!

Attention Highschool Seniors!

Send us an essay and you could be selected to receive $1,000 towards your Freshman year at a local college!





March Meeting Minutes.

March Meeting Minutes.

Congrats to the New 2014 Board of Directors!

Please help use congratulate the Gentlemen who were nominated to the 2014 Board or Directors.  We hope you are looking forward to another year Relaxing, Encouraging, and striving for Excellence in Awesomeness with us and the ASAP Daisies.  New members are always welcome.  Check out our Facebook page for times and dates of our meetings and events.

2014 BOD

Movin’ on Up…

Check out the latest Metroland (http://metroland.net/2013/12/18/local-heroes-2013/) where there is a small piece on us in the Local Heroes section.  Thanks to Ann for choosing our group and for having us share a page with a NY Senator… who knows, someday there may be a Gray-Tie Gala at the White-House!

Have You Pre-Registered Yet?

It’s easy to do, just click the button below!  Also, check the Flikr link below to see some photos from years past.

Eventbrite - 8th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint


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Congrats to our 2013 Member of the Year!

Congrats to Mr. Dave Dowd, our 2013 MOTY!  Last night’s Fall Ball was a blast, hop on Youtube to check out our MOTY video (http://youtu.be/lRup5VqmEos).  Next up, the Santa Speedo Sprint!


Jedi Dowd


This Saturday, Fall Ball ’13 !!

Just finished up our Member of the Year video, come hang with us on Saturday night to check it out and have some fun.  All the details and online ticketing are in the links below.

For tickets:


For info:


Check out our past MOTY vids on our Youtube channel:


Pre-Registrations and Tickets Now Available!

To make life a little easier for everyone, we you now have the option of pre-registering and buying tickets before our events.  Head over to https://www.eventbrite.com/org/4633151615 to get your tickets now!

Only Two Months Away!

Have you RSVP’d on the Facebook event page yet (http://www.facebook.com/events/139407089587836/)?


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ASAP Youtube Feed

ASAP Youtube Feed

We are now live on Youtube, more videos will be posted soon!  Subscribe and spread the word!

ASAP’s 5th Annual Festival of Meats & Celebration of Bacon

Join us on Saturday October 5th at The Elk’s Club off South Allen St. in Albany for all you can eat meat and bacon!  Bar opens at 4pm, Dinner served at 6pm.  Check the flyer and RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/465718106846459/.

2013 FOM Flyer

Conrgrats to our ’13 Scholarship Winner!!

A few of our finest ASAP members were finally able to present our ’13 Scholarship winner Kristina Fletcher with her $1,000 check.

We would like to wish Kristina much luck in her Freshman year of college and beyond!

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The ASAP 2013 Spring Fling is Next Saturday!

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It’s time again to climb aboard the Dutch Apple II and cruise the mighty Hudson!

This year is just $15 to get on the boat with a cash bar available. Tunes, high-fives, and all around awesomeness to be provided by us. An after party is in the works, we’ll update you here when we finalize it.

Tickets are available on the Dutch Apple website or by phone (not through ASAP as in the past).

http://www.dutchapplecruises.com/main/index.php?e=4723 or 518-463-0220

Hope to see you there!





Please Help Our Good Friends with Their Next Event…

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ASAP to Help Sponsor the HDSA ‘Corks and Forks’ Event

Tomorrow is the day, do you have your ticket?!  If not there a few left available for purchase.


ASAP is so proud to be involved with our good friends at Empire Wine and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Mark your calendars for May 4th!


The Huntington’s Disease Society of America invites you to attend Corks & Forks – sponsored by Empire Wine and Liquor Outlet along with the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy. Attendees will savor an array of over 100 fine wines, including selections from Caymus, Insignia and Duckhorn. A series of delectable hors d’oeuvres will complement the wines. Guests will have the chance to bid on event tickets, dining gift cards and jewelry at the event’s fantastic silent auction!

Tickets: $100 per person – Space is limited to 125 people

Purchase Tickets:  https://www.hdsa.org/events/11889/register.html or 518-426-3470 Tickets are not available at the door.

*Please note that all guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Corks & Forks

Attention Albany-Area High School Seniors…

Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy College Scholarship Application

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) has given out more than $3600 in the last six years to graduating seniors that are attending local Albany area colleges and universities. Seniors who wish to apply for this scholarship must complete a 500 word essay based on their achievements, commitments, and creativity.
One scholarship is available each year. This year, the deadline for the essay is Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

The scholarship this year will be one (1) award of $1000.

Students: please make sure to include your contact information and the school that you plan to attend on your essay. Please send the completed essay via either email (preferred) to info@albanysociety.org or mail to ASAP, PO Box 2012, Albany, New York12220 by Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

The scholarship will be awarded the 1st Thursday in June at the Elks Club on South Allen, Albany, New York.

ASAP Crest

ASAP to Help Sponsor the HDSA ‘Corks and Forks’ Event

ASAP is so proud to be involved with our good friends at Empire Wine and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Mark your calendars for May 4th!


The Huntington’s Disease Society of America invites you to attend Corks & Forks – sponsored by Empire Wine and Liquor Outlet along with the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy. Attendees will savor an array of over 100 fine wines, including selections from Caymus, Insignia and Duckhorn. A series of delectable hors d’oeuvres will complement the wines. Guests will have the chance to bid on event tickets, dining gift cards and jewelry at the event’s fantastic silent auction!

Tickets: $100 per person – Space is limited to 125 people

Purchase Tickets:  https://www.hdsa.org/events/11889/register.html or 518-426-3470 Tickets are not available at the door.

*Please note that all guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Corks & Forks

3rd Annual Magic Hat Lark Street Mardi Gras

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3rd Annual Magic Hat Lark Street Mardi Gras

Charity Trivia Crawl To Benefit the Albany Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and the Albany Society

Get a Team together (between 2-10 people) and meet at Lionheart at 12noon

$5.00 per player with a maximum team number of 10 players

Answer trivia questions at:

and win fantastic prizes:
$1500 Grand Prize

To register please email MagicHatMardiGras@gmail.com with your team name, names of participants and contact name and email OR GO TO: WWW.MAGICHAT.NET/MGALBANY

Runner-Up receives a VIP trip to Mardi Gras in Burlington, VT!

$100 Gift Cards: most beads, best team picture, and wildest outfit

FB Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/503982136311134/


It’s Finally Here!!

The big day is finally here, it’s time for some epic fun for a great cause. 

2012 Speedo Sprint Flyer

FB Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/385937094807332/

Donation Page – http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/albany-society/7thannualsantaspeedosprint

We’re only a few weeks away!!


RSVP on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/385937094807332/

The future of ASAP continues to look bright, perhaps so much that we need to wear shades…

This is ASAP’s time of the year to shine, the Festival of Meats and Bacon was a great success, please be sure to RSVP to our upcoming events the Fall Ball (https://www.facebook.com/events/117791548366842/) and the  7th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint (https://www.facebook.com/events/385937094807332/).  We also have a First Giving Donation link at our official Speedo Sprint Site (http://albanyspeedosprint.com/).  Our goal is to raise $25,000 this year, so please direct your friends/families/coworkers/strangers to the site and help us meet our goal!

On a final note, last night we elected our Board for the upcoming year.  Congrats to the newly elected 2013 Board Members!

President – Mike Testa (2nd term)
Vice President – Dave Dowd
Chairman of the Board – Joe Esposito
Treasurer – Jim Larson
Secretary – Ryan Hearley
Media Relations Officer – Chad Binney
Technology Officer – Jesse Bertram

Thanks to all who have supported and will support our various events this year, enjoy the Holiday Season!

Who’s Excited for December?!


Check out the event of Facebook here >>  https://www.facebook.com/events/385937094807332/



The 4th Annual Festival of Meats and Bacon Celebration draws near!

RSVP to the awesome event at https://www.facebook.com/events/436555989721951/.

Hey High School Seniors! ASAP is Awarding a $500 Scholarship…

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping groups and individuals in the capital region.  This year ASAP will be awarding a $500 dollar scholarship to a high school senior (male or female) who is planning on attending an Albany college or university.


Just send an essay of 1000 words or less to:


PO Box 2012

Albany, NY 12220

Or email to info[at]albanysociety[dot]org

The essay should be free form, and should in some way convince ASAP that you deserve to win our competition.  Creativity is encouraged.

Deadline: essay must be received by April 1.

Good Luck!




Save the Dates!! Speedo Sprint and Festival of Meats


More info to come, but for now mark  your calendars for two of our best events.  More events are in the works also, keep it locked here or on Facebook for more dates/info/awesomeness…

Santa Speedo Sprint '12

Santa Speedo Sprint – Sat. Dec. 8th, 2012


Festival of Meats '12

Festival of Meats – Sat. Sept. 8th, 2012



Magic Hat and ASAP Team Up for Mardi Gras!

Last year’s 1st Annual Lark Street Mardi Gras Charity Pub Quiz and Crawl was choice (yeah, bringing that back from the 80’s) and this year’s will be no different…

Details below copied from our Facebook Event Page (https://www.facebook.com/events/178482512257390/):

Magic Hat Brewery, The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy(ASAP), the ASAP Daisies, and the Albany Damien Center PAWS program are pleased to announce:

The 2nd Annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras Charity Trivia Challenge

Saturday, February 18th, 2012 from 12noon to 6pm on Lark Street in Albany.

What is happening? We will give each team questions and you will have to visit a number of bars in and around Lark Street to answer the questions so your team can get points. You will also “do what you have to do” to get beads. You REALLY REALLY REALLY wanna get beads.

We are starting at Lionheart at 12noon and finishing at Lark Tavern at 6pm.

You will have until 5:30pm to gather all your answers, gather beads, and then your team will head to the Lark Tavern for the prizes, the highest scoring team will get $1500!!!

Runner up will win a trip to the Magic Hat Mardi Gras in Burlington, VT, March 2-4, 2012!!

During the day and at the Lark Tavern you can also buy special Magic Hat Mardi Gras beads to benefit the PAWS program at the Albany Damien Center. There will be $100 prizes for: Wildest Outfit, Most Beads, Best Team Name.

What can you do? You can get a team of people together, a team can be 2 people minimum and 10 people maximum. $5 per person is all it costs to be part of this fantastic event! Cash, Check, or Credit Card will be accepted for registration starting at 12noon at Lionheart.

PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) is a program of the Albany Damien Center that provides care and support of the animal companions of people with HIV/AIDS. The program is all volunteer and counts on good people like you for support.

SEE YOU on the 18th!

Thank You for helping us raise over $25,000 this year!

With out all of you who ran, walked, jogged, donated, and helped your fellow man, we would have not reached such an amazing number!  Thank you for your support and don’t forget to join us again this December and bring some friends to see if we can top the $30,000 mark.  Stay tuned as we will be putting out details of some of the awesome events we have planned for the new year.

This Saturday!! Be there!

Join us and all the other fun people this Saturday.  Good fun for a good cause.

Get all the info here:

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/events/205944646140181/

Official Website –  http://albanyspeedosprint.com/

Two Weeks Away!!

The 2011 ASAP Fall Ball is Next Friday!!


You and your friends need to be with us for some fun.  Check out the official Facebook Event Page with the link below…




Congrats to our newly elected 2012 Board of Directors!

I feel an awesome year is just around the corner, and it will be tough to top 2011 for sure.  ASAP and the ASAP Daisies elected their 2012 Board of Directors last night, and here are the Gents that will be leading the charge in your ‘relaxing and encouraging’ philanthropic endeavours.  Would you like to meet them?  Well come to the ASAP Fall Ball and high-five them in person and get your photo opportunities.

President                               –   Mike Testa

Vice President                     –   Jesse Bertram

Chairman of the Board     –   Kevin Hearley

Chief Scribe                           –   Ryan Hearley

Abacus Operator                –   Dan O’Connell

Minister of Defense            –   Stephen Kervin

Grand Puma                          –   Chad Binney

6th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint


It’s back and better than ever!  Join us for the 6th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Lark Street, Saturday December, 10th.  Check the official website for more details and then hop on Facebook and RSVP to the event.  Last year we raised over $25,000 for a great cause, help us make 2011’s contribution even greater!


Facebook Event Page –      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205944646140181

Official Website –                  http://albanyspeedosprint.com/


Celebrity Scoop to Benefit the 6th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint

Ice cream and charity, how sweet it is.

Click this link to RSVP on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=207255835995938

Click this link to see what our Santa Speedo Sprint is all about (site is currently being updated)  http://albanyspeedosprint.com/

Come and check out our Celebrity Scoop event at Cold Stone Creamery! 15% of all sales will benefit the Santa Speedo Sprint and the Albany Damien Center.

4 Celebrity Teams will compete for the prize of “most sales” during their time slot
Come and support your favorite team!

The Albany Damien Center will be scooping from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
The ASAP Daisies will be scooping from 6:15pm to 7pm
The ALBANY All Stars Roller Derby will be scooping from 7pm to 7:45pm
the Albany Society will be scooping from 7:45pm to 8:30pm

Come out for ice cream, good times, and a great cause!



Albany Dodgeball is Back!!

The fun starts up again tomorrow, Sept. 22nd at 7:30pm at the Washington Armory!  Bring yourself and some friends… $10 for guys, $5 for girls.  Check this link http://www.albanydodgeball.com/ for more details or look us up on Facebook.




Nice Day for a Cookout! 4th Annual Festival of Meats

The pig is on the grill, the steaks are marinating, good times are very near.  Come join us!  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200972513288149


ASAP’s 4th Annual Festival of Meats

Join us Saturday, September 10th at the Elk’s Club in Albany for a day devoted to all things meat.  Suckling pig, steak, clams, pulled pork, and more…even deep fried Twinkies for your sweet tooth.  Also we have $10 raffle tickets for  a chance to win $500 worth of meat from Falvo’s Meat Market!

Check out our Official home on Facebook to RSVP and get more details!

Festival Of Meats

Welcome, to the new http://albanysociety.org!

Hello Friends of ASAP,

I’m happy to announce the launch of the new ASAP website!  This website  is linked to our official Facebook Page so you can stay up-to-date with all things ASAP in one way or another.  There’s not much content here to see just yet, but the site will be updated regularly from this point forward.  The Members Page is currently being updated and other content will be flowing in as well.

We currently have some awesome events planned this Fall and Winter, keep an eye out for more info soon and we hope to see you there.

–  Jesse L. Bertram

Chief Operating and Technology Officer

2010 MOTY Video

This Fall ASAP will once again be voting for it’s Member of the Year.  To help get you excited for this year’s vote,  check out our voting and testimonial video for our 2010 MOTY, former ASAP Presdient Mr. Stephen Kervin.

(Warning:  Some Not Safe For Work language my occur here and there…)

Congrats to the newly elected members of the 2011 Board of Directors!

2011 looks like a bright year for ASAP, congrats to the new Board as well as the newly elected ASAP Daisies Board Members.

2010 MOTY Revealed!

Congrats to President Stephen “ThrillHammer” Kervin on being voted 2010 ASAP Member of the Year!  Lots of hard work and awesomeness was put forth by the Pres. and this award is well deserved.  Check out the awesome MOTY video created by Jasen VonGuinness here.

President - Stephen Kervin

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