2019 LGBT Leadership Award Weekend Celebration

Award Dinner Registration Now Open

GALA ND/SMC is hosting a LGBT Leadership Award Weekend Celebration to recognize and honor LGBT leaders in the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community. The celebration is taking place Friday March 29th through Sunday March 31st.

Friday March 29, 2019

Alumni/Student Networking Event – On Friday evening, GALA will sponsor an opportunity for alums visiting for the weekend to meet Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students.  The event will take place at Legends from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.  This event is free and open to ND & SMC LGBT students, faculty/staff, alums & allies.  Pre-registration is preferred but not required.  Register here:  Alumni/Student Networking Event.   

Saturday March 30, 2019

Academic Panel – In conjunction with an academic department at Notre Dame, GALA will host a panel discussion.  Theme, speakers and location to be announced.  1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Thomas Dooley & LGBT Leadership Award Ceremony – The main event for the weekend is the Thomas A. Dooley and LGBT Leadership Award ceremony.  The ceremony and dinner will take place on Notre Dame’s campus starting at 6:30pm.  Honored at the event will be:

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


Information on each award recipient can be found at 2019 Award RecipientsRegistration is now open.  Go to:  2019 LGBT Awards Dinner.

Alumni Social – Immediately following the awards ceremony there will be an “alumni social” at one of the local pubs (exact location TBD).

Sunday March 31, 2019

To close out the weekend, all alumni/ae and guests are welcome to attend the 10:00am Sunday mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.


Hotel Accommodations

A discounted room rate has been arranged for up to 10 rooms at the Inn at Saint Mary’s.  Reservations must be made by February 28th

  • The group rate is $108/night (plus tax) available Thursday – Saturday evenings March 28th-30th
  • Includes complementary WIFI, hot breakfast, business center, fitness center and complimentary shuttle service to and from the South Bend International Airport and/or within a 10 mile radius of hotel 
  • To obtain this rate, call the hotel directly at 574-232-4000 and use the discount code GALA or go to:  GALA Reservations and use booking code: 190328GALA
  • Reservations are subject to a 24 hour cancellation policy (or billed for 1 night stay & tax)