Support the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center
and celebrate community, dignity and justice for all at the

Seventh Annual Spring Gala
Saturday, March 8, 6 – 11 pm
The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard in Poughkeepsie

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!

Fred Mayo, Auctioneer Extraordinaire

Above: Fred Mayo, longtime Board member and auctioneer extraordinaire!
Many thanks to photographer Michael Gold for the wonderful photos!

Congratulations to our 2014 honorees!

Friend of the Center Award

As Ulster County’s first and only County Executive, Mike Hein has proven to be a highly effective leader with a statewide reputation as a reformer. He has transformed County government, with a focus on delivering high quality services in the most efficient manner possible and always putting the people of Ulster County first. This focus has delivered innovative solutions to insure essential services for those in need while simultaneously protecting property taxpayers. In fact, Ulster County residents are benefiting from the third consecutive year without a property tax increase and more available services than ever before.

Mike genuinely cares about issues that affect Ulster County residents and understands that diversity is our greatest strength. He has been privileged to attend various functions and speaking engagements at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center and has partnered with the Center on several projects for No Name Calling Week. County Executive Hein and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center created a bullying prevention video to provide middle school students, teachers and families with resources to help address the crisis of bullying. This year they produced an anti-bullying YouTube video geared toward elementary students. One of Mike’s goals is to make Ulster County the healthiest and safest county in New York State. This is just one of the many efforts that County Executive Hein has undertaken to ensure that Ulster County continues to be a great place to work, live, visit, and raise a family.

Spirit of the Center Award

Ted Snowdon and Duffy Violante, both individually and as a loving couple since 2005, have symbolized the spirit of the Center through their work, their commitment and their integrity on a continuing basis.

Ted Snowdon has been a Hudson Valley weekend resident for the past 30 years and an active supporter of LGBTQ causes (especially the Center in New York City) during that time. He has provided tremendous support to our Hudson Valley Center, often behind the scenes, since its inception. His private philanthropy is completemted by the many LGBTQ-themed plays and musicals that he has produced on and off Broadway, such as the current hits Buyer & Caller by Jon Tolins and The Tribute Artist by Charles Busch. Among the documentary films that his Foundation has supported was last year’s Oscar-nominated How To Survive A Plague. He is proud to be sharing this honor tonight with his beloved Duffy.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist for the past 28 years, Duffy Violante has volunteered his professional services to HIV/AIDS clients in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York City areas. He started volunteering at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in the mid-1980s, helping those who needed so much to be touched. His help, guidance and support of those in need is remarkable. He supported the Center at its start-up and has been a strong advocate for its programs, especially the Caregiver Support Group. He continues his volunteer work with HIV/AIDS, cancer and end-of-life issues. As an LMT, he has volunteered his time to the San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS Ride and the Boston to NYC AIDS Ride to help raise over $14.8 million for LGBTQ causes. He is very proud to be part of the Center’s work and to be sharing this award with his amazing partner Ted.

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

Advertise in the Gala Program Journal

raised hands - advocacy - croppedWant 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.

The 2014 Gala Journal looks beautiful! Thanks to all who are participated. You can still take advantage of the special offer above by purchasing ads for the 2014 Pride Guide (June 2013) and the 2015 Gala Journal (March 2015). With questions, call the Center at 845-331-5300, or email the Editor of the Gala Journal at

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Contribute to the Gala Auction

Rainbow in your handsThe 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

angel wings stained glass -detailGala 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 a token of our thanks, all 2014 Angel donors were entered into a raffle for one of three incredible week-long New England getaways! Congratulations to our 2014 winners, and huge thanks to all our Angels. Watch this fall for your opportunity to support the Center’s programs and services as a 2015 Gala Angel — and your chance to win next year’s (shh!) fabulous surprise.

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Join the Gala Committee

Holiday LightsThe 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.