DCC Foundation Gala to Honor Four

March 9, 2017 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - will be held on Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event will honor four and raise funds for student scholarships. The Foundation awards more than $440,000 per year in scholarships to deserving DCC students.

Frank Castella Jr. of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and technology innovator Karen Schroeder Trovato, Ph.D. will be inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, while Shirley Adams of Catharine Street Community Center will receive The Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award and the Poughkeepsie Alliance will receive the Dutchess Community College Bridge to the Future Award.

Castella (’99) is the president and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and president of the Chamber Foundation. The Chamber has a strong and diverse membership of over 1,500 organizations throughout the Hudson Valley region and employs almost 30 full-time professionals. Prior to taking that position in 2015, he was the owner of AM Direct Mail and part owner of Harmon and Castella Printing, Inc. During his time at the family-run firm, Castella grew business in the print shop by over 450% and in the direct mail company by over 300%.

Trovato (’77) performed work for 30-plus years as a research team member for global technology company Philips and her own recently launched company. One of her early inventions led to technology that parallel parks a car without assistance from the driver. She also launched the first website for driving directions and made a presentation of the site to the CEO of MapQuest before the latter site went live 20 years ago. She holds over 100 patents worldwide. In April Trovato will be one of five alumni out of 1,200 colleges nationwide to receive a 2017 Outstanding Alumni award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Adams is the executive director of Catharine Street Community Center, which provides school readiness and literacy support services to at-risk children. She currently serves on the Board of Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery and is a board member and past president of the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club. She has served on the New York State Governor’s Advisory Council to Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, the Executive Board of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and in 2003 was appointed to the Poughkeepsie Housing Authority, serving as board chair for the past 10 years.

The mission of the Poughkeepsie Alliance is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the City of Poughkeepsie by partnering with various organizations and citizens to promote economic revitalization. The Alliance has worked to re-sod a soccer field in Poughkeepsie, assisted the city and other organizations to reinstall the Poughkeepsie gateway sign and worked to re-open Garden Street to traffic. The group has strategic plans to extend walking areas along the Hudson River with a path between the Kaal Rock Park and Waryas Park, and also to create workforce development initiatives with local industries.

Gala sponsors include Bonura Hospitality Group, IBM, KeyBank, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Rhinebeck Bank, Royal Carting Service Company, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Q92.1 FM.

Tickets are $175 per person. Call Burnelle Roser, DCC Foundation assistant director, at (845) 431-8402 for more information.