Community’s Bridge to the Future Gala

The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s Annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future – will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. We are pleased that Betsy Brown ’64 and Vincent Nunziato are once again co-chairing this event.

We are honored that Susan Doyle ‘11, of Absolute Auction Realty, and William H. Beale ‘99, of Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response will be inducted into our Alumni Hall of Fame for their outstanding professional contributions and their commitment to our community. We are also pleased to honor John P. O’Shea of Marshall and Sterling with the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award, which is awarded to members of our community that provide leadership in Dutchess County through volunteer work.

Last year the DCC Foundation Board of Directors along with Dr. Pamela Edington, President, created a new award, the Bridge to the Future Award, which has been established to recognize individuals and organizations that distinguish themselves in working with others to enhance education, economic vitality, community wellness or civic responsibility in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill was selected as the second recipient to be presented this award.

“Education is about partnerships. Whether it’s the connection between a student and professor in the classroom, or the support a student receives at home, the success of an institution and the students it serves truly is a group effort,” said President Edington. “It’s the same when it comes to our surrounding community. Both DCC and Dutchess County enjoy benefits from their partnership, and it’s people such as Sue, Bill, John and ERVK that contribute to the character and vitality of the Hudson Valley and make the bond between college and community as strong as it is.”

Join DCC in raising money to help students afford a quality education right here in Dutchess County. Help us honor our future Alumni Hall of Fame award recipients, the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award recipient, and the Bridge to the Future Award recipient.

To see a listing of past year honorees for the Alumni Hall of Fame or the Handel Community Leadership Award click here.

For more information contact Burnelle Roser at (845) 431-8402 or


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