The Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) with the goal of providing funds for capital improvements to the Cool Insuring Arena. It was founded in June of 2003 by Paul Pontiff. Paul was a founding member of the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation in 2003 because, like all of his charitable pursuits, he saw a need in the community and instinctively wanted to help. He had a vision to gather community leaders to devote their expertise and efforts to fundraising in support of capital projects at the Glens Falls Civic Center (now known as the Cool Insuring Arena). Paul was a tremendous and tireless leader who was able to garner the support of our community to help preserve and improve the arena, which he considered one of our community’s greatest assets. He was the founder and first President of the Foundation but, more importantly, he worked side by side with his fellow board members to ensure the Foundation’s success from 2003 until his passing. Paul loved hockey, Glens Falls, and the Warren County area and would do anything he could to see that the three joined forces and were successful.

Board Members:

President – Melissa Davidson, Northern Insuring Agency
Vice President – John Wright, Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes P.C.
Treasurer – Mark Sidoti, NBT Bank
Secretary – Katy Cook, Adirondack Health Institute
Anthony Muscatello – Better Than New Painting
Brian Warner – Edward Jones
Zachary LaFave- New York Life
Daniel Burke – Retired, Banking Industry
Ethan Hall – Rucinski Hall Architecture
Rich Gordon – Dunham’s Bay Resort
Kevin O’Brien – Upstate Agency LLC
Christina Blanchard – NBT Bank
Donnie Long – Warren County Sheriff
Scott Stuart – Retired, Education
Tricia Rogers – Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Arleen Girard – Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company
Maureen Ginter-Grabowski – Homestead Funding
Tadd Sipowicz – Arena Representative, ECHL Thunder
Jeff Mead – Arena Representative, Cool Insuring Arena

How to Support the Foundation:

 By Mail:
(Check or Money Order)

The Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation
1 Civic Center Plaza
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Online: Click Here

Buy-A-Seat Campaign:

Support the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation by purchasing an inscribed seat plaque!

Plaques may be purchased in any quantity for $100 per plaque. Plaques may be inscribed with up to 15 characters(Please note that blank spaces count as one character).

How to Purchase:

Click Here

By Mail:
Plaques may be purchased by mail. Just print and fill out this form, and send it to:

The Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation
1 Civic Center Plaza
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Upcoming Events:

The Foundation will be holding a Raffle at the Adirondack Thunder Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, on Saturday, March 11th, 2023!

1st Place Prize: $2,500 Cash

2nd Place Prize: Luxury Suite to a 2023-2024 Adirondack Thunder Game

3rd Place Prize: Season Tickets to the 2023 – 2024 Adirondack Thunder season

4th Place Prize (s): (5) cash prizes of $200 each


Tickets are $25 each and are onsale now! Purchase tickets by visiting the Thunder Office at Cool Insuring Arena; cash payments or checks (made out to the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation) are accepted. You do not have to be present at the game to win so get yours now!



Building Improvements and Projects Supported by the Foundation: 2003-2020

  • Safety netting behind hockey goals
  • Safety handrails
  • Donated to total cost of seat replacement in the arena (4,764 Seats)
  • Sold Naming Rights to Sections in the arena
  • Funding for a new scoreboard with direct assistance of a grant obtained by Betty Little
  • Purchased Scorers tables for Basketball/Volleyball and Wrestling
  • Sold name plates for seats in the Arena
  • Replaced row of damaged slate in front of the arena.
  • Concession Stands Point of Sale Terminals
  • Ticket Charity Giveaway
  • Elevator Maintenance
  • Generator
  • 1979 Luxury Suite
  • Thunder Workout Room
  • Players and Training Room Graphics
  • Training Room Equipment
  • Ice Box Renovations
  • Event Colored Spotlights
  • Ice Box Furniture