April 2, 2014 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - was held on March 29 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event drew approximately 400 guests to honor seven outstanding individuals and raised more than $160,000 for student scholarships.
Patrick, Stephen, Mark and Sue Adams, James Fedorchak and Wayne Nussbickel were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, while DCC President D. David Conklin received the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.
Adams Fairacre Farms is one of the most successful independently owned and operated businesses in the Hudson Valley. Since it opened as a farm stand in the early 1900s, Adams has earned a reputation for value, variety, convenience and customer service as it has grown to include four stores. Patrick Adams is CEO for the company while Stephen serves as General Manager.
Mark Adams owns Adams Greenhouses with his wife, Sue, who is vice president. They oversee five acres of greenhouses and a production area where hundreds of thousands of plants are grown every year, making for the largest selection of locally grown plants in the Hudson Valley.
Fedorchak currently serves as Dutchess County attorney following a successful 30-year career as a lawyer in private practice. He is an adjunct instructor at both DCC and Marist College, and his professional affiliations include membership in the Dutchess County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association, where he has served as a member of the House of Delegates for four terms. He serves on the DCC Foundation Board and is a former College Trustee.
Nussbickel is the President and CEO of N & S Supply, a family owned, full service plumbing, heating and air conditioning wholesaler with headquarters in Fishkill. His honors include the Poughkeepsie Journal’s 2006 Business Person of the Year award, the 2006 Marist College President’s Award for Community Service and the 2009 Gateway for Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dr. Conklin will retire from his position as president of Dutchess Community College in August. His commitment to community service is demonstrated not only by his work to make public higher education accessible to area residents, but also his personal involvement with numerous organizations across the county. He served as chair of the Dutchess/Poughkeepsie Empire Zone Administrative Board for 16 years. His additional civic contributions have been many. Currently he sits on the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation board of directors as well as its External Marketing Council, and on the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Gala sponsors included Bonura Hospitality Group, Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Absolute Auction & Realty, Adams Fairacre Farms, Rhinebeck Bank and Royal Carting.
Call Diana Pollard, DCC Foundation assistant director, at (845) 431-8403 for more information.