Tenth annual Gala celebrating New Paltz honors local SUNY Presidents

NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz is proud to honor presidents from our neighboring SUNY Community Colleges: President D. David Conklin, Dutchess Community College, President Donald C. Katt, SUNY Ulster, and President William Richards, SUNY Orange at a ceremonious event on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at the renowned Mohonk Mountain House.

Proceeds from the Gala Celebrating New Paltz support a scholarship endowment that enables students from Ulster, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan Counties to attend SUNY New Paltz. The Gala Celebrating New Paltz commences its tenth year with an endowment over $450,000. This year’s scholarship recipient is Andrea Pacione ‘14, who is eager to continue the journey of learning this fall at SUNY New Paltz.

The Gala Celebrating New Paltz is a highlight of the fall social season. Mohonk Mountain House provides the ideal backdrop for an enchanting semi-formal event that begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvre in the grand parlor. A silent auction provides an opportunity to win beautiful art, gift certificates, and even vacations that have been donated to the cause. Each year, Mohonk Mountain House chefs design a memorably themed four-course dinner that draws upon the finest local agriculture. The evening is crowned with dancing to the Hudson Valley’s #1 dance band, Bill’s Toupee.

Tickets to Gala Celebrating New Paltz are $175 per person $325 per couple. Sponsored tables of 10 are $1,750. This event has frequently drawn sold-out attendance in previous years. Tickets are on sale now at www.newpaltz.edu/gala or by contacting the SUNY New Paltz Development Office at 845-257-3240 to purchase them.

Platinum Sponsors are Alpha Apple, Inc. and Campus Auxiliary Services. Gold Sponsor is The Kempner Corporation. Silver Sponsor is Bruderhof, Bronze Sponsors are C2G Environmental, Empire State Bank, Key Bank, Liberty Mutual, M&T Bank, Mohonk Mountain House, Rhinebeck Bank, TD Bank, Ulster Community College, Ulster Savings, and Viking Industries.