DCC Foundation Gala Honors Three, Raises Funds for Student Scholarships

April 1, 2010 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - on March 27 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie drew more than 200 to honor three outstanding individuals and raise $83,000.

Anthony Campilii '60 and Jeffrey Smith '72 were inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, and the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award was presented to Sally Mazzarella.

“DCC was very pleased to award more than $300,000 in student scholarships last year, and it’s events like the gala and the generosity of our donors that make it possible,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “The lifetime success achieved by this year’s Alumni Hall of Fame inductees is a testament to how DCC positively impacts the lives of our students, and the importance of supporting public higher education.”

Campilii graduated from DCC with an A.A.S. in Business Administration and from Marist College with a B.A. in Business Administration. He returned to Marist and earned an M.B.A. He is the former president and a current member of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Other professional affiliations have included the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, the College/University Personnel Association, and the Business Council of New York State.

Smith has been the lead attorney in some of the largest and most significant securities, shareholder and labor cases litigated in recent decades, recovering more than $1 billion for stockholders, investors and employees. After earning his two-year degree at DCC, he completed his undergraduate education at Vassar College and earned a master’s degree in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he was a graduate research fellow.  He also holds a law degree from Yale Law School.

Mazzarella is the Treasurer for the Center of Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, on the Board of Directors for the Walkway Over the Hudson and President of the Winnakee Land Trust, of which she is a charter member. Mazzarella has served in leadership roles on more than 10 boards, in some cases holding a position for more than 20 years.

“Sally is just the kind of individual I had in mind when I established this award last year to honor those who are dedicated to service in their community,” said Bernard Handel. “Her accomplishments in volunteer leadership in the Hudson Valley are legendary, and I’m very pleased to present the award to someone so deserving.” Last year’s recipient was Daniel Aronzon, President and CEO of Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

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. In introducing Handel, Dr. Conklin referred to him as “a leader among leaders.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal was among the Gala sponsors.

A slideshow of photos taken at the gala can be viewed at www.sunydutchess.edu/gala.

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Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.