GALA is happy to sponsor two game watches for the very important matchup between Notre Dame and Miami on Saturday November 11th.
New York City – Join your Fighting Irish LGBT NYC alumni family to hear (from some of us) about what the heated rivalry was really like back in 1989 and hopefully watch ND get another W. As with previous game watches, Boxers in Chelsea (37 West 20th St) will be the venue. Kickoff is at 8:00 pm. And don’t forget to wear your ND attire!
Chicago – GALA members, and LGBTQ & ally members of the ND family: Let’s catch up over a few beers and watch the Irish beat the Hurricanes! If you’ve ever wished the ND LGBTQ community had events in Chicago, you enjoy Irish football, or you just want to connect with fellow alums, come join us Saturday evening at Declan’s! Look for the table with a pride flag on it (near the back).
Irish American Writers and Artists Inc. (IAW&A) honored ND grad and GALA ND/SMC board member talk-show pioneer, writer, and film producer Phil Donahue ’57 with the 2017 annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Many Irish celebrities were on hand to honor Phil including Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda and Rosie O’Donnell. A group of ND alums kicked off the award ceremony with a glorious rendition of the ND alma mater, a fitting tribute to Phil.
In the Autumn 2017 edition of the Notre Magazine, Liam Dacey ’04, GALA ND/SMC Board member, wrote a “letter to the editor” on the 2017 Tom Dooley Award Weekend. In the letter, Liam talks about the significance of the award in recognizing Kristen Matha and her contribution to the LGBT community. To read the full piece, go to: ND Magazine Letter To The Editor-Autumn 2017.
On September 24th, GALA ND/SMC held our Third Annual NYC LGBT Scholarship Fundraiser. The event was hosted once again by Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ in their beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park.
Due to the generosity of everyone attending, the Scholarship Campaign has now hit the $100,000 milestone of the targeted $250,000 endowment goal. Thanks to everyone who has donated throughout the program including members who have contributed through the “Enhanced Membership” levels.
To donate, go to: LGBT Scholarship Campaign or upgrade your membership level here.
On Sunday September 17th, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is holding their signature pet adoption event Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park (Broadway and East 17th St).
As part of GALA ND/SMC NYC Community Service Program, join other alums and friends to help make this event a success and see many of these pets be adopted by deserving families in NYC.
To register by Monday August 29th, go to: Adoptapalooza Community Service Event. Even if you can’t volunteer for the whole time, come for a few hours and help out. For more info, contact Martin van Koolbergen at firstname.lastname@example.org and at 310-291-9726, or go to: Pet Adoption Volunteer Opportunity.
Re: Response from the Notre Dame Alumni Association on the Inclusion of LGBT Alumni Affinity Group
In April 2014, GALA ND/SMC, on behalf of all Notre Dame LGBT alumni and friends, requested official recognition from the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) in a letter to Dolly Duffy, its Executive Director. As a part of official recognition, we requested the same rights, privileges and support provided all other ND Alumni Diversity Groups representing Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific and Native American alumni. This request was recently denied by the NDAA.
GALA Officers and Board send a letter to all Notre Dame LGBT Alumni, Friends and Allies informing them of this decision and next steps. To see the full letter, go to Letter from the GALA ND/SMC Officers and Board – July 4, 2017.
GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the Third Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit on Sunday September 24, 2017. The benefit will take place once again at Phil Donahue ’57 and his wife Marlo Thomas’ beautiful apartment overlooking Central Park. Join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the student scholarship.
Registration is now open. Tickets are now available for both the main event and a special VIP Reception. For more info and to register, go to: 2017 NYC Scholarship Benefit.
The benefit will be part of a full weekend of activities starting Friday evening September 22th through Sunday September 24th. More info is available at 2017 NYC Alumni Fall Weekend. Plan your trip to NYC now!!
Kendrick Peterson, an out, proud student who is making a difference at ND. He is an officer in the LGBT student group PrismND and on the GALA ND/SMC board. He was recently featured in an amazing video about his journey coming to Notre Dame. This video was made by the ND Admissions office as part of a series highlighing current students, and will be made available during this fall’s recruiting season. Thanks Kendrick for helping to create change at ND!
Once again GALA ND/SMC’s will be holding our annual football tailgater on campus, this year for the ND/Miami of Ohio game on September 30th. Kick-off is at 5:00pm, so the fun will begin around noon. Stop by before the game to have some beverages and game-day munchies. Last year over 30 students, alums and South Bend friends stopped by. Questions? Contact Jack Bergen at email@example.com.
UPDATE: THE TAILGATER WILL BE HELD IN THE “JOYCE” PARKING LOT JUST SOUTH OF THE STADIUM. LOOK FOR THE RAINBOW BALLONS!!
Over 30 alums and friends celebrated NYC Pride Monday night June 19th at the Duplex Cabaret. We were taken on a journey through New York via stories shared by Charles Hale and painted vividly by the musical talents of David Raleigh and their incredibly talented band. For more pics go to: NYC Social Events.
A small group of alums from ND & BC attended the LGBT Boston Pride Week “Pride Lights” event on Tuesday night June 6. Even though the rain moved the event inside, that didn’t deter us from having a fun time and making some new friends.
GALA hosted two panels over the Alumni Reunion Weekend, one at both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. At Notre Dame, the theme of the panel was Inclusion & Diversity at Notre Dame – Join The Conversation. It included members of the Black, Hispanic and LGBT Alumni communities. At Saint Mary’s, the panel covered The Intersection of Saint Mary’s Core Values and LGBT Life Today and featured alumnae covering a range of decades. For more pictures, go to GALA Events.
Congratulations to the We StaND For group for the impressive job standing up for human dignity, respect, and justice during the 2017 Notre Dame Commencement. To continue this work, join Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBT Alumni group today.
Join as a Member or join our Facebook Group today! (The group is closed and all posts and “likes” are only seen by approved members)
GALA ND/SMC is proud to be hosting two Gay Pride celebrations during June this year.
In Boston on June 6th, in partnership with the ND Cub of Boston Club kicking off it’s Alumni Diversity Program, and co-sponsored by the Boston College LGBT Alumni group, we will be sponsoring an event at the “Pride Lights” ceremony outside the Boston Center for the Arts in the heart of the South End. Following the lighting ceremony, we will visit a local bar for drinks. For more details, go to Boston Pride Event.
In NYC, we will be hosting a performance of the incredible show, Jazz in the City with Charles R Hale and David Raleigh. This one hour show takes you on a journey through New York via stories shared by Charles and painted vividly by the musical talents of David Raleigh and their incredibly talented band. This is definitely a must-see show and will be followed by drinks with the band. The venue is the legendary Duplex Cabaret located in the heart of Greenwich Village (Christopher St and 7th Ave). For more info, go to NYC Pride Event.
On Saturday April 29th, GALA ND/SMC held our signature event, the Thomas Dooley Award Dinner & Ceremony, recognizing Kristen Matha SMC ’03 as this year’s recipient. Attending the dinner were almost 100 alums, students, faculty and staff from both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, members of the South Bend Community as well as many of the Kristen’s friends from across the US and co-workers from the NCAA.
Kristen was introduced by Kara Kelly SMC ’96, Special Assistant to Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli and Kevin Lennon, NCAA Vice President for Division I Governance.
GALA ND/SMC will bestow a $1,000 gift in Kristen’s honor to the Indiana Youth Group, an organization that supports LGBTQ youth in the Indianapolis community.
For more information on the evening, go to 2017 Dooley Award Weekend Celebration.
GALA ND/SMC is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017/2018 LGBT Student Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Morgan Haney SMC ’18 and Sushi Le SMC ’20. Congratulations to both winners!
For more information on each recipient, go to LGBT Student Scholarship.
GALA will once again be hosting panels over the Alumni Reunion Weekend at both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Come and lend your voices to the discussions. Both panels will take place on Saturday June 3rd. The ND, the panel will be at 1:30pm in DeBartolo room # 126. At SMC, the panel is at 3:30pm in Spes Unica Room # 145.
For more information on the themes of two panels, go to GALA Events.
For all our members in the Chicago area, what’s better than a fun alumni social now that spring has arrived! Come join fellow alums & friends for a few drinks at SideTrack Thursday April 27th starting at 6:30pm. Regular Happy Hours prices in effect. We will be meeting up on the roof deck enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
In March 2017, Ram Ballesteros, ND ’09 volunteered as the new Vice Chair for Membership. In this role, Ram is responsible for managing the processes to maintain current members, recruit new ones, conduct member communications, and process new membership applications. He’ll also undertake a revamping and modernization of our back-end membership systems in hopes of improving the overall member user experience. He will work to make membership interactions and engagement as easy and seamless as possible so that we can all focus on our group’s mission (and have some fun doing it)!
Ram is also active in the community via the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame (HAND), the NY Alumni Association, and Out in Tech. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner of nine years, also an alumni, who he met while a student at Notre Dame. Feel free to reach out to him anytime!
As a better way of staying connected to activities on campus, a new page has been added to the website called Campus Connections. This page will have direct links to the daily edition of The Observer and a “Domer Cam” showing the current weather on campus. It also has links to the Notre Dame & Saint Mary’s LGBT student websites (PrismND & SAGA).