GALA ND/SMC Names LGBTQ Scholarship For Iconic ND Grad Phil Donahue ’57 & His Wife, Actress & Social Activist, Marlo Thomas

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GALA ND/SMC, the LGBTQ alumni/ae group for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, is pleased to announce the naming of its LGBTQ Student Scholarship to The Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas LGBTQ Student Scholarship.  The naming of the scholarship reflects the enormous contribution Phil and Marlo have made over the years to the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBTQ community, and is a way of continuing their legacy well into the future.  In addition, it also recognizes the life-long commitment each of them has made to helping others through their various professional and personal contributions. 

Mr. Donahue and Ms. Thomas accepted this honor while hosting the Fifth Annual LGBTQ Scholarship Benefit at their home in NYC on Sunday November 17th.  Presenting the renaming were GALA Board Member Jack Bergen ’77 and GALA NYC Chapter Chair John Flanagan ’93, along with a group of LGBTQ alumni, friends and allies from the local NYC ND Alumni club.

For more information, go to:  Student Scholarship Announcement

Fifth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – November 17, 2019

GALA ND/SMC held the Fifth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit on Sunday November 17, 2019.  The benefit took place at Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.

The money raised at the event went to the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund which was created in the spring of 2015 to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. Through the generosity of the alums and friends who attended we are now within ~10% of the $250,000 five-year campaign goal!!

The guest speaker at the benefit was 2019/2020 Scholarship Recipient César Moreno ND ’20.  César is a senior at Notre Dame majoring in Chemical Engineering, Neuroscience and Behavior, Pre-Med with a minor in Biomolecular Engineering.  They are currently studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico.  César shared their experiences at Notre Dame and their passion for helping others, especially those impacted by the more recent immigrant policies.  César also talked about the importance of the continued help from our LGBTQ alumni members both in supporting student’s efforts on campus as well as our on-going financial assistance.

For pictures of the event, go to:  2019 Scholarship Benefit.

Fifth Annual GALA ND/SMC NYC Alumni Fall Weekend November 15 – November 17, 2019

GALA ND/SMC is happy to sponsor our Fifth Annual New York City Alumni Fall Weekend from November 15 to November 17, 2019.  There are a number of planned events for GALA members and friends to enjoy over the weekend.  Registrations for the scholarship and dinner events will be closed on Tuesday Nov 12th!

For complete weekend information and to register for the events, go to:  2019 NYC Alumni Weekend.

  • Welcome DinnerFriday November 15th, 8:00PM – Crispo (240 West 14th Street Between 7th & 8th)
  • Game Watch Saturday November 16th, – The Ainsworth (East Village) – Kickoff 2:30pm
  • Celebration of MassSunday November 17th, – 11:30AM – St Francis Xavier
  • LGBTQ Student Scholarship Benefit Sunday November 17th, 4:00PM
  • After Party – Sunday November 17th, – 6:30pm to 9:00pm – Therapy

Fifth Annual NYC LGBTQ Student Scholarship Benefit – November 17, 2019

GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce our Fifth Annual NYC LGBTQ Student Scholarship Benefit will be held Sunday November 17, 2019 at 4:00pm.  Join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the LGBTQ Student Scholarship Fund

Registration Open Until November 12th

 This will be the final opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of our hosts Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ at their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.  Since the fund’s inception, members & friends have contributed over $175,000. Our goal for this year’s event is hit the $250,000 five-year target!

Be part of this historic event as we raise money supporting LGBTQ students like the 2019/2020 Scholarship Recipients César Moreno ND ’20 and Genesis Vasquez SMC ’20.

For more information and to register, go to:  2019 Scholarship Benefit.

2019/2020 LGBTQ Scholarship Recipients Announced

GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019/2020 LGBTQ Student Scholarships.  This year’s recipients are César Moreno ND ’20 and Genesis Vasquez SMC ’20.  Congratulations to both winners!

César is a senior at Notre Dame majoring in Chemical Engineering, Neuroscience and Behavior, Pre-Med with a minor in Biomolecular Engineering.  They are a member of the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program.

Genesis is a senior at Saint Mary’s College majoring in Global Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies and a minor in Spanish.  She will be the first person in her family to graduate from college. 

For more information about each, including their contributions to the LGBTQ community, go to Scholarship Recipients.

To donate to the scholarship fund, go to:  LGBTQ Scholarship.

ND Alumni Association Welcomes LGBTQ Alumni to 2019 Reunion

As part of the 2019 ND Alumni reunion, Dolly Duffy, NDAA Executive Director, welcomed LGBTQ alums back to campus with an inclusive message on Twitter:

To our LGBTQ alumni as we celebrate Reunion: Your journey and witness enrich the experience of every one of us at Notre Dame. Please know that wherever life takes you, you always have a home here at Notre Dame.

To see the full tweet and the associated video, go here.

GALA-ND/SMC Pride Month (June 2019) Newsletter & Announcement

GALA exists to promote the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ people within the ND and SMC communities, and true to that principle, we are pleased to announce the kick-off of an internal inclusion initiative for GALA!  We’ve had many discussions about our priorities for being more inclusive in the last few months and below, we’d like to share some of the initiatives we’ll be tackling this year. We’re excited to make this organization even better in 2019! If you have any questions, concerns, ideas to share, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

For the next year, our strategy will be divided into three efforts:

  1. Standardizing Inclusive Practices (Including a name change to Pride Alumni)
  2. Conducting Member Outreach
  3. Connecting with Current Students

To get your feedback, we will host two virtual town halls to connect live and answer questions and comments. Please see here for more information on how to connect for members during these two sessions.

  1. June 11, 2019 at 8pm ET
  2. June 23, 2019 at 2pm ET

There is also comment page (available here for members) for you to provide written comments anytime before June 30 at 11:59 pm ET.

For complete information on these important changes, go to:  GALA-ND/SMC Pride Month (June 2019) Newsletter & Announcement.

Second Annual DC Alumni Social – April 2019

On Saturday April 27th GALA-ND/SMC sponsored our Second Annual DC Area Alumni Social.  The event was hosted by Bob Davidson ’76 and his partner Amir at their beautiful home in Chevy Chase MD.  Over 15 Alums & Friends gathered for a fun afternoon of light appetizers, drinks and great conversation.

2019 LGBTQ Leadership Award Weekend

GALA ND/SMC hosted the 2019 LGBTQ Leadership Award Weekend to recognize and honor LGBTQ leaders in the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community. The celebration took place Friday March 29th through Sunday March 31st.

Included in the weekend’s events were an Alumni/Student Networking Event, an Academic Panel and the Tom Dooley/LGBTQ Leadership Award Dinner & Ceremony. 

For a complete weekend recap, including images press coverage and videos, go to 2019 LGBTQ Leadership Award Weekend.

Academic Panel – Saturday March 30, 2019 – Solidarity & Identify

In conjunction with the ND Department of American StudiesGALA will host a panel discussion called Solidarity & Identity during the 2019 LGBT Leadership Award Weekend.

In his book, Fr. Martin’s call for ‘Bridge Building’ between the LGBTQ community and the institutional Church echoes the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Solidarity. Readers are invited to examine the experience from each side’s perspective, and to find common ground to move forward.

Solidarity is not just a faith concept – it is also a method of political change. Past and current movements in the LGBTQ community and the church have built solidarity with other communities, such as immigrants or the labor movement, in their fight for civil rights.

Solidarity speaks to our ideas of dignity, faith, and the common good. Our panel will explore different examples of movements and reach toward an understanding of their goals, results, and philosophies.

Speakers Include: Fr. James Martin (via Skype), Professor Michael Hebbeler, and Shelly Fitzgerald.

  • Location: Andrews Auditorium Geddes Hall
  • Time:  1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Registration:  No advance registration is required.  The event is free and open to everyone

2019 LGBTQ Leadership Awards Announced

Award Dinner Registration Now Closed

GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the 2019 Thomas Dooley and LGBTQ Leadership Award recipients.  This year’s award recipients are:

  • Thomas A. Dooley Award – Father James Martin S.J.
  • Distinguished Service Award – Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – John Sullivan ND Law ’83

The individuals will be recognized at a dinner and ceremony on the Notre Dame campus on Saturday March 30th starting at 6:30pm.  Registration is now closed.  Go to:  2019 LGBTQ Awards Dinner.

The award ceremony is just part of the overall LGBTQ Leadership Award Weekend Celebration taking place Friday March 29th through Sunday March 31st

In addition to the Awards Dinner and Ceremony, other activities taking place over the weekend include:

  • Alumni/Student Networking Event – Friday March 29 – 8:00pm
  • Academic Panel – Saturday March 30 – 1:00pm
  • Alumni Social – Saturday March 30 – 10:30pm
  • Mass – Sunday March 31 – 10:00am

2019 Tom Dooley Award Event Being Planned

Every two years GALA ND/SMC recognizes individuals who have made contributions to the LGBTQ community.  Planning is now underway to announce the 2019 Thomas Dooley Award and LGBT Leadership Award recipients during a weekend in South Bend in Spring ’19. 

The weekend will include the awards ceremony and an academic panel related to the award recipient’s work.  Stay tuned for the “Save-The-Date” announcement!

Fourth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – November 18, 2018

GALA ND/SMC, the LGBT alumni group for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, held the Fourth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit on Sunday November 18, 2018.  The benefit took place at Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.

The money raised at the event went to the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund which was created in the spring of 2015 to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. Through the generosity of the alums and friends who attended we have now gone over the $150,000 Milestone!!

The guest speaker at the benefit was 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipient Tim Jacklich ’20.  Tim talked about his experience at Notre Dame as a gay student, and the support he’s received from his dormmates, fellow glee club members and the campus ministry staff.  He also talked about the importance of the continued help from our LGBT alumni members both as role models as well as our on-going financial assistance.

For pictures of the event, go to:  2018 Scholarship Benefit.

2019 Thomas Dooley Award Nominations

Every two years, GALA ND/SMC honors one of the university’s most deserving alums Tom Dooley through an award in his name. The Thomas A. Dooley Award honors individuals who, through their faith-based background, have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

We are currently seeking nominations from our members for the 2019 Award, which will be announced at a dinner and award ceremony in April 2019. If you know of someone who you believe meets the criteria, complete this nomination form: 2019 Dooley Nomination.  Please submit all nominations by Sunday November 11, 2018.

If you have questions, or to submit the nomination, reach out to Jack Bergen GALA ND/SMC Board Member at jack.bergen@yahoo.com.

Fourth Annual GALA ND/SMC NYC Alumni Fall Weekend November 16 – November 18, 2018

GALA ND/SMC is happy to sponsor our Fourth Annual New York City Alumni Fall Weekend from November 16 to November 18, 2018.  There are a number of planned events for GALA members and friends to enjoy over the weekend.  Registration for all events is now open!

For complete weekend information and to register for the events, go to:  2018 NYC Alumni Weekend.

  • Welcome Dinner – Friday November 16th, 7:00PM – Aria Wine Bar (369 West 51st Street Between 8th & 9th)
  • Pre-Game Tailgater – Saturday November 17th, – Harlem – 11:00AM
  • Game Watch – Saturday November 17th, – Boxers (Chelsea) – Kickoff 2:30pm
  • Celebration of Mass – Sunday November 18th, – 11:30AM – St Francis Xavier (W 16th St)
  • LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – Sunday November 18th, 4:00PM
  • After Party – Sunday November 18th, – 6:30pm to 9:00pm – Boxers Upper East Side

Fourth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – November 18, 2018 – Save The Date!

GALA ND/SMC, is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit to take place on Sunday November 18, 2018 at 4:00pm.  The benefit will be hosted once again by Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ at their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.

Join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the LGBT Student Scholarship FundSince the fund’s inception, members & friends have contributed over $115,000 of the $250,000 target.  Our goal for this year’s event is $50,000.  The featured guest will be 2018/2019 Scholarship Recipient Tim Jacklich ND ’20.

The weekend coincides with the Shamrock Series game being played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday November 17th.  Come to NYC for the weekend and join us in raising money for the scholarship fund! 

Registration will be open later in the summer, but make your plans now to attend.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can still participate by making a donation to the scholarship fund here: GALA ND/SMC Giving

For more info go to 2018 Scholarship Benefit.

Saint Mary’s Reunion Panel – Saturday June, 2018 – 3:30pm

On Saturday, June 2nd, join Saint Mary’s alums for SMC’s Reunion 2018 LGBTQ alumnae panel and group discussion 3:30-4:30pm in Spes Unica room 145.  The event will be livestreamed at GALA ND/SMC’s Facebook group, so join virtually if you can’t be there in person.

In addition to the panel discussion, those gathered will talk more about the new Saint Mary’s-focused group, SMC LGBTQ Alumnae and Allies.

ND Reunion Panel: Inclusion & Diversity at Notre Dame – Join The Conversation – Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 9:00am

As a Notre Dame community, we have an obligation to ensure that the principles of diversity and inclusion for people of all colors, genders, faiths, sexual orientations, social or economic class, and nationality are welcome and supported. Join diverse members from a variety of ND alumni communities (Black, Hispanic, LGBT, Asian Pacific and Native American) as we discuss this critically important and relevant topic. Panel sponsored by GALA ND/SMC, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.  MODERATOR: Bryan Ricketts ’16, ’17, GALA ND/SMC Vice-Chair Membership

The event will be held on Saturday June 2nd at 9:00am in DeBartolo, room # 126.  All alumni & friends are welcome!  To see the event info on the ND Alumni Reunion Seminar Website, go here.

Notre Dame Day – 2018

In its 5th year, Notre Dame Day is a chance for our LGBT Alumni community to celebrate and give back to what we love at the University. Give a gift of $10 or more and receive 5 votes to distribute.  We encourage you to donate and vote for PrismND, the LGBT student group.  Help them raise funds for programming and for a portion of the $1.1M matching funds!!!

Update:  Through the generous contributions of our alumni community and others, PrismND was able to raise ~$2,000 in direct contributions & $5,000 in matching funds!!!!