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

March 11, 2013 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event will honor a local physician and a community leader, and raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation awards more than $380,000 per year in scholarships to deserving DCC students.

Amelia Martinko, M.D., a graduate of DCC’s class of 1966, will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Linda Saland will receive The Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.

Martinko is an internist with Mid Hudson Medical Group and on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center. She rose through the ranks of physician leadership to be elected the first female president of the medical center’s medical/dental staff in 2007, and she currently sits on the board for both VBMC and Mid Hudson Medical Group. VBMC named her Physician of the Year in 2002.

Saland has an impressive resume of community contributions. She has served on the boards of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association, the Jewish Community Center and the United Way of Dutchess County. In addition, she has chaired events for Mill Street Loft, Family Services and the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and has been honored with the Community Foundation of Dutchess County’s Community Service Award, the Marist College President’s Award, the Dutchess County Girl Scouts’ Seat of Honor Award and others.

Gala sponsors include Bonura Hospitality Group, Absolute Auctions and Realty, Mid Hudson Medical Group, Rhinebeck Bank, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stop & Shop and 92.1 Lite FM. Sponsorship opportunities 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.