Foundation Gala to Honor Four

February 21, 2018 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala – Our Community’s Bridge to the Future - will be held on Saturday, March 24 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 $450,000 per year in scholarships to deserving DCC students.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mahoney and former Dutchess County Legislator Angela Flesland will be inducted into the DCC Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Family Services, Inc. will receive the College’s Bridge to the Future Award and Cathy Temple of R&C Cleaning will receive The Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.

Mahoney (’83) has been editorial page editor for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY since 2014. While serving as editorial page editor for the Post-Star newspaper in Glens Falls, he earned a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials about local government secrecy and citizens’ right to know.

Flesland (’06) was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2007 and tackled issues from jobs creation to the opioid epidemic. She served as assistant majority leader beginning in her second term and also as majority leader. Flesland was chair of the legislature’s Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee in her final term and also served on the boards of the Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation.

Temple, the owner of R & C Cleaning, has been active in the community for a quarter-century. Over that time she was a member of, or has served on boards for, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie Library Friends, the Dutchess County Association of Realtors, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Leadership Alliance Mentor Program, Dutchess County Arts Council, Poughkeepsie Children’s Home, Vassar Brothers Medical Center Auxiliary, Mid-Hudson Women’s Network, the Building Trades Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery and Friends of Locust Grove.

Family Services, Inc. has been making a difference in the community for over 135 years, providing youth and family programs, prevention and victims’ services, safety initiatives and more, all designed to strengthen the individuals, families and the area it serves. Family Services has programs in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, as well as an affiliate, Hudson Valley Mental Health, which provides behavioral health services throughout Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Under the leadership of Brian Doyle, Family Services delivers programs to over 8,500 children, adults and families each year.

Gala sponsors include IBM, HealthQuest, Michael Dupree and Michael Fleischer, Bonura Hospitality Group and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Tickets are $200 per person. Call Burnelle Roser, DCC Foundation assistant director, at (845) 431-8402 for more information.


The mission of the Dutchess Community College Foundation is to raise funds to provide scholarships and support the college’s initiatives that will have a significant and direct impact on the students, faculty and staff of Dutchess Community College. The DCC Foundation awards approximately $450,000 in scholarships to more than 250 DCC students annually.