ND/Miami Game Watches in Chicago & NYC – Saturday November 11, 2017

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!

ChicagoGALA 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).

ND Magazine – Letter to the Editor on Tom Dooley Award Weekend

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.

LGBT Student Scholarship Campaign Hits $100,000 Milestone

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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.

Adoptapalooza – NYC’s Pet Adoption Event – Sunday September 17, 2017 – 8:45am-1:00pm

 

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 EventEven 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 mvan@kgmlighting.com and at 310-291-9726, or go to: Pet Adoption Volunteer Opportunity.

Third Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – September 24, 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!!

Fall Tailgater – Saturday September 30, 2017 – Tailgate Starting at ~ Noon

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 jack.bergen@yahoo.com.

UPDATE: THE TAILGATER WILL BE HELD IN THE “JOYCE” PARKING LOT JUST SOUTH OF THE STADIUM.  LOOK FOR THE RAINBOW BALLONS!!

Gay Pride in Boston – June 6, 2017

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.

     

Alumni Reunion Weekend at ND and SMC – June 3, 2017

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.

    

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Gay Pride Celebrations in Boston & New York City

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.

Thomas Dooley Award Dinner Held April 29, 2017

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.

            

Alumni Reunion Weekend at ND & SMC – June 1-4, 2017

                          

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.

GALA ND/SMC March 2017 Newsletter

The March 2017 Newsletter was published on March 5, 2017.  The newsletter included a number of current-interest topics as well as upcoming events.  To view the full publication go to: March 2017 Newsletter.

  • Thomas Dooley Award Weekend – April 28th – 30th, 2017
  • Opposition to Mike Pence as Commencement Speaker
  • Alumni Reunion Weekend at ND and SMC – June 1st – 4th, 2017
  • GALA Officers Openings
  • GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City
  • Fall Tailgater – Saturday September 30, 2017 –  (ND vs. Miami of Ohio)
  • 2017 Membership Drive
  • Notre Dame Day – April 23rd & 24th, 2017

Welcome GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City

In January of 2017, the first regional chapter of the national Gay & Lesbian Alumni Association for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s was created.  This group is called the GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City.  Their mission is to bring together the NYC metro area LGBT alums and friends from Notre Dame & St Mary’s in fellowship and to provide a forum for social events, community service, professional networking, and student support. 

The NYC Club is lead by a team of alumni volunteers whose goal is to provide programming that is fun, interesting and promotes camaraderie in their community. 

The NYC Club even has its own webpage.  It will be the “go to” spot containing all the activities and events hosted by the club.  Check it out at:  NYC GALA ND/SMC Club of NYC.

2017 Thomas Dooley Award Weekend Celebration – April 28-30, 2017

Dooley Award Ceremony – Dinner Registration Is Now Closed – Join us for other weekend events!

GALA-ND/SMC, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Thomas A. Dooley Award.  This year’s award recipient is Kristen Matha SMC ’03.

“It is our pleasure to recognize Kristen with this award” says GALA Chair Jack Bergen. “The work she has undertaken at both the NCAA and at her alma mater Saint Mary’s College to strive for greater inclusion and diversity exemplifies the true spirit our organization’s key values and of the courage displayed by Dr. Dooley, for whom the award is named.” 

Also being honored during the event with the Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement is Joseph Pequigney ND ’44 for his pioneering work in LGBTQ studies. 

Full information on the award recipients can be found at: 2017 Dooley Awards.

The Dooley Award presentation dinner will be held Saturday evening April 29th starting at 6:30pm at the Eck Visitor Center on Notre Dame’s campus (next to the ND Bookstore).   There will be a premium beer & wine open-bar reception from 6:30pm to 7:30pm followed by dinner and the award ceremony.  Registration is now closed.

The Dooley Award ceremony will be held during a Weekend Celebration April 28/29, 2017 in South Bend.  There will be a Welcome Event Friday evening April 28th, a Panel Discussion on Saturday April 29th, an After-Party following the Award Ceremony Saturday evening and a Morning Prayer Service at the Grotto on Sunday April 30th.

For the complete schedule of the weekend activities, go to:  LGBT Leadership Celebration Weekend.

 

GALA ND/SMC December 2016 Newsletter

The December 2016 Newsletter was published on December 19, 2016.  The focus of the newsletter was a “Year In Review” highlighting the many events, changes and accomplishments over the prior 12 months affecting our community.  The key topics are shown below.  To view the full publication go to: December 2016 Newsletter.

  • Alumni Engagement Events
  • New York City
  • Student Support
  • LGBT Student Scholarship
  • Recognition
  • LGBT Student Scholarship Benefits
  • Membership Options
  • Official Recognition With The NDAA
  • Major Events On Campus & Across the Nation

GALA ND/SMC Celebrates #GivingTuesday

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After two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday –#GivingTuesday is a day for giving back.  #GivingTuesday is a movement, built by people around the world, to celebrate giving of all kinds.  This year it falls on November 29, 2016.

Join fellow alums and friends on #GivingTuesday by making a contribution to GALA ND/SMC.  For more information and how to donate, go to GALA ND/SMC #GivingTuesday.