Foundation Gala Draws 300, Honors Two, Raises Scholarship Funds

March 25, 2013 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - was held on Saturday, March 23 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event drew approximately 300 guests to honor two outstanding individuals and raise more than $140,000 for student scholarships. The event also marked the 30th anniversary of the DCC Foundation’s creation.

Amelia Martinko, M.D., a 1966 DCC graduate, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award was presented to Linda Saland.

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 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.

“Amelia’s career speaks volumes not only about her work ethic and commitment, but also about how a DCC education can serve as a starting point for many future accomplishments,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “She is a leader in her field and an outstanding example of a successful DCC graduate.”

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.

“Linda’s contributions have been integral for so many organizations,” said Bernard Handel. “Countless people in the Hudson Valley have benefited from her commitment and service, and I’m pleased to present this award to someone so deserving.”

Handel is a longtime supporter of the College and a current member of the DCC Foundation board and has funded a faculty endowed chair, among many other contributions to DCC. Each year Handel presents a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving DCC student in the award recipient’s name.

Co-Chairs for the event were Jim Fedorchak and Kip Bleakley O’Neill. Gala sponsors included Bonura Hospitality Group, Absolute Auctions and Realty, Mid Hudson Medical Group, Rhinebeck Bank and Stop & Shop.