Gala Co-Chair, Michele Conklin, at the 2016 Gala

Gala Co-Chair, Michele Conklin, at the 2016 Gala

Join us for the 2017 Spring Gala – 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!  This year we are honoring Joyce Hunter, Fred Mayo and Ulster Savings Bank.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 6 – 11 pm. Tickets are $150. Sponsor a student for just $100!
The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Boulevard in Poughkeepsie

Purchase your Gala tickets here.


Become a Gala Angel

As a special friend of the Center you can become an Angel for the 2017 Gala by making a donation of $150. As an Angel, you will receive our thanks for your generosity and your name will be listed in the 2017 Gala Journal.

Sponsor a Student

For a donation of just $100 you can sponsor a student. In 2016, 12 students attended the Gala thanks to community generosity.

Advertise in the Gala Program Journal

Want 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

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 2016 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 2017 Gala. For more information, contact Fran Divine, Chair of the Gala Committee, at

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.

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 Fran Divine, Chair of the Gala Committee, at

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.