GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City


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This page is for Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s LGBT New York City area alums and friends.  It contains information on upcoming events, past events 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, 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 our community. The leadership committee consists of:

  • Edward Augustine ’87 (Co-chair)
  • Ron D’Angelo ’86 (Co-chair)
  • Liam Dacey ’04
  • John Flanagan ’93
  • Arlene Ortiz-Leytte ’08
  • Kevin Romero ’03
  • Martin van Koolbergen ’94
  • 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


Gay Secrets of the MET Museum Tour – Friday February 17, 2017 6:15PM

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The tour will explore some of the Met’s queer treasures, from ancient Greek nudes (and erotic vase-painting, on which Professor Lear is a world expert!) to homoerotic works from the Renaissance, and a panoply of modern works, some by LGBT artists, some portraying LGBT people, and some expressing same-sex desire. Famous artists and personalities, such as Caravaggio or Gertrude Stein, will appear-but so will lesser-known artists and works whose homoerotic charge is often ignored (including images used in homosexual initiation rites in New Guinea!).

The tour begins at 6:15pm on Friday February 17.  Pre-registration is required and availability is limited.  Prices range from $25 for MET members to $55 for non-members.  For more info and to register, go to:  LGBT MET Museum Tour.

St Patrick’s Day Parade – Sunday March 5, 2017 – 1:00pm–3:00pm – Queens

On Sunday March 5th, GALA ND/SMC Club of New York City will be joining other Irish LGBT groups by marching in a St Patrick’s Day parade sponsored by St Pat’s for All.

The St. Pat’s for All parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. It is held in the Sunnyside and Woodside of Queens.  The Route is only about a mile long and goes from 43rd street and Skillman ave to 58th street and Woodside Ave.  After the parade we will be gathering at one of the many local Irish pubs to warm up.

Phil Donahue ’57 will be this year’s Grand Marshal.  Let’s join him and other LGBT Irish for this fabulous celebration of Irish culture.  To sign up to march, go to: St Patrick’s Parade Registration


GALA ND/SMC NYC Christmas Party – December 15, 2016


Over 30 members of the GALA ND/SMC NYC Community gathered for a Christmas Party on a cold, blistery evening. A gay and festive time was had by all.  The party was hosted by Kevin Romero ’03 and his husband Philip Maziarz in a beautiful lounge at their building.  Through everyone’s generous participation in the raffle over $600 was raised for the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund.


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Second Annual New York City Alumni Fall Weekend – September 30 to October 2, 2016

View over Central Park and the Upper West Side skyline, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USAGALA ND/SMC sponsored our Second Annual New York City Alumni Fall Weekend from September 30 to October 2, 2016.  There were a number of planned events for GALA members and friends to enjoy.  For a recap of the main events, go to 2016 Scholarship Benefit and LGBT Pilgrimage of Mercy.  In addition, a game-watch was held at Boxers for the ND/Syracuse football game played that weekend.  Everyone enjoyed hanging during the game (and even watching some of it).


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Summer Social – Wednesday July 27, 2016 Boxers (Hells Kitchen) 

Boxers logoA group of alums met at at Boxers in Hell’s Kitchen on Wednesday evening July 27th.  The group enjoyed 2 for 1 happy hour prices while getting out of the hot summer heat. Everyone made it up to the rooftop to enjoy the cooler temperatures as the sun was setting.



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Alumni Events at NYC Pride

GALA members attended two Pride events in partnership with the Ivy League LGBT Alumni network. The first event was a visit to the Metropolitan Museum on Friday June 24 featuring the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus.  The second Pride event was a “Mixer” at the Yale Club on Tuesday June 28th. Both were extremely fun and entertaining.

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ND/SMC LGBT Alumni Social at Rise – Thursday May 12, 2016

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Over 30 alums and friends gathered for a few cocktails on May 12th at Rise Bar (859 9th ave).  Judging by the pics, everyone had a great time.  As a special prize, tee shirts were given out to the first 10 people that attend including the 2016 version of “The Shirt” and GALA ND/SMC ones.



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NCAA Sweet Sixteen ND Men’s Basketball Game Watch – Saturday March 25,2016

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GALA hosted a game-watch for the Notre Dame men’s basketball game against Stephen F. Austin in the Sweet Sixteen round.  A group of fellow alums and friends got together at Boxers Chelsea for the win.

New York City Fundraiser – November 12, 2015

GALA held it’s premier event of the 2015 fundraising campaign in New York City. The host for the event was Phil Donahue, ND alum (class of ’57), GALA board member and a celebrated talk show host of The Phil Donahue Show which ran for 29 years. The event took place on Thursday November 12th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Phil and Marlo’s penthouse home overlooking Central Park.

The evening included cocktail and hors d’oeuvres and featured a video of stories from current students and how GALA has worked to improve their experience on campus.

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