GALA ND/SMC sponsored our Fifth Annual NYC LGBTQ Student Scholarship Benefit on Sunday November 17, 2019. The benefit was hosted for a final time by Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ at their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.
Alums, friends and allies joined together for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund. Since the fund’s inception, members & friends have contributed ~ $225,000. Our goal for 2019 is to hit the $250,000 five-year campaign target!
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. Also recognized at the event was Fr. James Martin SJ, as the 2019 Thomas Dooley Award Recipient.
Shown here are some pictures of the event. More can be found on GALA’s Facebook Page.