GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City

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Welcome to the home page for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBT New York City area alumni/ae and friends.  It contains information on the club’s mission, activities and events, club leadership and ways to become involved.




As the NYC Club of the national organization of GALA ND/SMC, our 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, spirituality and student support.


The club is set up to support many different activities and interests here is NYC.  It is divided into five major interest areas.  Select the group below for more information and for events being held.

  SOCIAL EVENTS – End of Summer Event – Thursday August 24th

COMMUNITY SERVICE – Adoptapalooza Pet Adoption Volunteer Event – Sunday Sept 17th



 STUDENT SUPPORTStudent Scholarship Fundraising Benefit Sunday – September 24th


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 our community. The leadership committee consists of:

  • Edward Augustine ’87 (Co-chair)
  • Ron D’Angelo ’86 (Co-chair)
  • Liam Dacey ’04
  • Whitley Esteban ’12     
  • John Flanagan ’93
  • Arlene Ortiz-Leytte ’08
  • Kevin Romero ’03
  • Martin van Koolbergen ’94
  • Michael McCabe ’72
  • Dan Von Herzen ’02
  • Jack Bergen ‘ 77 (Officer Liaison)


Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome to help create a fun and engaging environment for members of our NYC community. Interested in getting involved to help plan events or know of a great place to have one?  For more information, or to help with upcoming events, please contact either of the group’s co-chairs Edward Augustine, Esq. at or Ron D’Angelo at