Foundation Gala Honors Four, Raises Funds for Student Scholarships

March 24, 2016 – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - was held on March 19 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event drew approximately 400 guests to honor four and raised more than $185,000 for student scholarships.

Susan Doyle and William Beale were inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, while John O’Shea received The Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) received the Dutchess Community College Bridge to the Future Award.

Doyle (’11) is a co-founder of Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc., a business that serves three states selling real estate and personal property of all kinds including antiques, vehicles, estate furnishings, business contents and inventories. The company conducts over 250 auctions a year. She served 12 years on the DCC Foundation Board of Directors including two years as chair.

Beale (’99) was elected the youngest fire company president in New York state at age 19. He was later elected chief of the Hughsonville Fire Department at age 24, placing him among the youngest fire chiefs in Dutchess County history. His service was a big factor in his appointment as Dutchess County’s Emergency Management Coordinator in 2014. Beale was elected to the Town of Wappinger Council in 2006. He was re-elected five times and has served as deputy town supervisor.

O’Shea always has taken on leadership roles in his community. He has been active with the United Way and Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for almost 60 years. He also served on fundraising committees for numerous organizations including Dutchess Arts Council, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and others.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Kathleen Durham, ERVK teaches leadership as practiced by Eleanor Roosevelt. It inspires and empowers individuals and organizations to use their time, talent and resources to build a just and sustainable world, close to home and abroad. The Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders program, launched in 2013, prepares students to lead in all aspects of their lives - personal, academic, professional and in the community. The initiative serves students from DCC and other community colleges.

Gala sponsors included Bonura Hospitality Group, United Country Auction Services AAR, IBM, Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital, Rhinebeck Bank, Royal Carting Service Company, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, the Poughkeepsie Journal and Q92.1 FM.