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.