Foundation Gala to Honor Five, Raise Funds for Student Scholarships

February 29, 2012 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event will honor five local individuals and raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation awards more than $340,000 per year in scholarships to deserving DCC students.

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

Charles Liscum, Michael McCormack and Raymond VanVoorhis from DCC’s class of 1978 will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award will be presented to Steven V. Lant. In addition, DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin will be honored for 20 years of service to the College.

Liscum, McCormack and VanVoorhis are the principal architects in the Poughkeepsie firm that bears their names. They met while at DCC, continued their education together and started their own architectural firm in 1987. Their work includes municipal buildings throughout the Hudson Valley, including the new DCC residence hall and other academic, commercial and health care facilities.

Lant, who has been Chairman, President and CEO of CH Energy Group since 2004, has enhanced quality of life in the mid-Hudson Valley through volunteer service with many not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Conklin became president of Dutchess Community College in 1992, and for the past two decades his vision and leadership have been instrumental in making DCC the college of choice for residents of Dutchess County. A record number of students are taking advantage of the quality education offered at DCC, while paying the lowest tuition in the state for the 12th year in a row. The opening of the Washington Center for Science and Art, the creation of the President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the renovation of the Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library and multiple awards for DCC’s campus art and green initiatives are just some of the achievements made under Dr. Conklin’s tenure.

Gala sponsors include Pamal Broadcasting, Central Hudson, United Country Auction Services, Rhinebeck Savings Bank and The Grandview. 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.