Support the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
and join us in a celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Founding of the Center.

Eighth Annual Spring Gala
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 6 – 11 pm
The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard in Poughkeepsie

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Join us for a wonderful evening of celebration, good company and community with cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, awards and dancing. Individuals, partners and families welcome. You can even bring a group of friends and field your own table!

A Celebratory Atmosphere!
A picture is worth a thousand words, they say.
If you’d like to know more about the Center’s Annual Spring Gala, check out this expressive, exciting photo gallery of last year’s event!


Above: Fred Mayo & Patricia Norton, Gala Co-Chairs!
Many thanks to photographer Michael Gold for the wonderful photos!


Purchase your tickets for the 2015 Annual Gala!
Reach out to your friends and family now to get together a table of 10 for the event of the season; tickets sell out fast!

You can sponsor a student to attend the Annual Gala for only $75. Last year we had 20 students attend the Gala, we can work together as a community to reach out to even more youth this year.

Advertise in the Gala Program Journal

Loving Hands (Heart) -B&WWant to get your business noticed by hundreds of influential people, organizations and other businesses throughout the mid-Hudson Valley? Place an ad in our beautifully-rendered Gala Program Journal! Advertise your business, organization or services; or honor someone you love with a personal message.

Even better: you can get fabulous deals on advertising if you purchase an ad in both the Gala Journal and the Pride Guide, a bright, exciting guide to LGBTQ-affirming businesses and services published in June during the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March and Festival.

With questions, call the Center at 845-331-5300, or email the Editor of the Gala Journal at

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Congratulations to our 2015 honorees!
In 2005, following the marriages and the initial Pride March & Festival in New Paltz, a group of 25 courageous individuals took it upon themselves to create the Center and a lasting legacy for the thousands of LGBTQ residents of the Hudson Valley. Before its doors opened to the public, this committed group began the monumental task of giving the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center a permanent home in uptown Kingston, NY.

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We are proud and thrilled to honor these 25 founders:
Ginny Apuzzo, Jay Blotcher, Rob Conlon, Michelle DeDominicis, Chante Ellis, Rachel Evans, Ted Hayes, Barbara Hill, Niala Ingrassia, Denise Jelley, Linda Joseph, Tricia Kakalec, Corinne Lesko, Mike Madsen, Lisa Matranga, Gale McGovern, JoAnne Myers, Marcuse “Cusie” Pfeifer, Peri Rainbow, Nicole Ressa, Vanessa Shelmandine, Ria Slaton, Nan Tepper, Bonnie Wagner & Jan Whitman.

Help make the magic happen.
Want to get involved, and support the Center too? Read on.

Contribute to the Gala Auction

light_heartsThe live and silent auctions held at the Annual Spring Gala provide revenue that funds the Center’s operating costs year to year. Bidding is lively and worthwhile… and all the auction items are donations! Supporters may contribute valuable art or antiques; handmade textiles and jewelry; specialized goods and gift certificates for services — and more — to the Gala’s exciting auctions.

Giving to the Gala Auction is a great way to gain visibility for your business or your work. Hundreds of people will see your contribution, and we’ll acknowledge you in the Auction Catalog!

The 2014 Gala was a wonderful success. Did you miss it? Don’t worry. We welcome auction donations all year round–your contribution will be included in the 2015 Gala. For more information, contact Patricia and Fred, Gala Committee co-chairs, at

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Help Underwrite the Gala

rainbow treeGala Angels come together to underwrite the costs of the Gala before the event. This way, all funds raised at the Gala go directly to the Center’s programs and services, such support for LGBTQ youth, and work for school safety for all students.

As an Angel, you will receive not only our thanks for your generosity, but you will be entered into a drawing for one of four wonderful getaway trips (each $ 100 entitles you to be included in one drawing so send as many checks for $100 as you want or can spare for this good cause).

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Join the Gala Committee

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The amazing, dedicated Gala Committee
are the folks who make the magic happen. If you have time, skill, dedication and passion to share, join the committee and help a strong and talented group of people plan and pull off this incredible event!

For more information about serving on the Gala Committee, contact our Gala Committee co-chairs, Patricia Norton and Fred Mayo, at

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It’s a celebration of community. It’s a time to laugh, dance and share the joy. It’s a time to join together and celebrate our strengths.

It’s the social event of the season — and we can’t wait to share it with you.