DCC Foundation Gala to Honor Two, Raise Funds for Student Scholarships

February 18, 2011 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - will be held on Saturday, March 26 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event will honor two outstanding individuals and raise funds for student scholarships.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, and include dinner, live music and dancing. Black tie optional.

New York State Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro, ’01, will be inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and for the third year, the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award will be presented. The recipient this year is Lou Lewis.

Molinaro graduated from DCC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts Humanities and Social Science. In 1994, when he was just 18, Molinaro was elected to the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees – making him the youngest person ever elected to office in New York state. The next year he became the youngest mayor in the United States. He was re-elected mayor five times and then elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature, where he served as chairman of the Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee and co-chairman of the Commission on Child Protection.

Now beginning his third term as the representative of the 103rd District in the New York State Assembly, Molinaro’s accomplishments include leading the fight to preserve the Hudson River Valley Greenway and adopt sweeping budget and ethics reform legislation. In addition, he joined then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in sponsoring and adopting the “Government Consolidation and Citizen Empowerment Act.” He also is the sponsor of several improvements to New York state’s election law, continues to oppose the MTA payroll tax and works to provide the necessary relief to revitalize the local economy and improve the shared quality of life.

Lewis has been deeply involved in the Poughkeepsie community for the last 40 years. He served for 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Marist College and for 25 years as vice president of the Bardavon 1896 Opera House. He also has been president of Dutchess County Landmarks, Amrita Club, Dutchess County Bar Association, Poughkeepsie Rotary, and on the board of the Jewish Federation. He also is a co-founder of The Hudson Institute for Renewable Energy.

Gala sponsors include Pamal Broadcasting, IBM, Rhinebeck Savings Bank, Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management and Absolute Auctions & Realty. Sponsorship opportunities still are available.

The cost for the evening is $150 per person. Call Diana Pollard, DCC Foundation coordinator of special events, at (845) 431-8403 for more information.