Third Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit – September 24, 2017


Can’t Attend – Donate to Scholarship Fund HERE

GALA ND/SMC, the LGBT alumni group for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, is pleased to announce the Third Annual NYC LGBT Student Scholarship Benefit to take place 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.

The money raised will go directly to the LGBT Student Scholarship Fund. The fund, which was created in the spring of 2015, is to assist qualified LGBT undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame.  To-date, six $2,500 scholarships have been awarded in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to deserving LGBT students at both schools.  To read about this year’s recipients, go to:  2017/2018 LGBT Scholarship Recipients.  The ultimate goal is to create an endowment of $250,000 ensuring the continuity of the scholarships for years to come.

For the Third Annual NYC Scholarship Benefit, join fellow alumni and friends for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie to raise money for the student scholarship.  A Silent Auction will be held during the cocktail reception followed by a Live Auction.


SPEAKER UPDATE:  The guest speaker will be Baylea Williams ’18.  Baylea has been an officer for the past several years in PrismND, the Notre Dame LGBTQ student group.  She is currently serving as the group’s President.  For academics, she is an Arts and Letters major in Psychology with minors in science technology & values and computing & digital technologies.  She is a resident of Cavanaugh Hall.  Baylea is excited about the opportunity to meet alums in the NYC area to share her experiences as a LGBT student leader at Notre Dame.



The benefit will take place on Sunday, September 24th 4:00pm to 6:00pm overlooking Central Park.  Various levels of registration will be available with special preference given to ND & SMC alums.  Discounted levels will be offered for GALA dues-paying members, current students & recent ND/SMC grads. 

To register, go to: 2017 Student Scholarship Benefit Registration.

Pre-Event VIP Reception –   Phil Donahue ’57 will be both our host for the afternoon and our special VIP Reception guest speaker.  Phil is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue ShowDuring his broadcasting career Phil was awarded 20 Emmy Awards.  Phil has been a GALA ND/SMC board member since its inception in 2013 and has been a long-time supporter of LGBT causes.  The VIP Reception will take place from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Donation for this VIP Reception is $500 and is available to a limited number.

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES (Friday September 22th – Sunday September 24th)

The benefit will be part of a full weekend of activities including a Welcome Dinner Friday night, a Game-Watch Saturday night, a Mass Sunday morning and an After-Party following the benefit Sunday evening.  For complete details on the weekend, go to 2017 NYC Fall Weekend.  Plan your trip to NYC now!!

NYC Student Scholarship Benefit Host Committee

  • Edward Augustine, Esq. ’87
  • Ram Ballesteros ‘09 & Bryce Ramos ’09 
  • Tanya Barrios ’11
  • Jack Bergen ’77   
  • Mary Ellen Bianco ’72
  • Robert Caines ’81  
  • Liam Dacey ’04   
  • Ron D’Angelo ‘86  
  • Whitley Esteban ’12     
  • John Flanagan ‘93    
  • Michael McCabe ‘72 
  • David Pais ‘72       
  • Kevin Romero ‘03
  • Matt Skinner ‘06       
  • Kyle Sommer, JD ‘09


Blue Sponsors:

  • Martin van Koolbergen, ’94 and Sanford Steinberg

Sponsorships – GALA is seeking sponsorships for this event at various levels.  For sponsorship information, go to NYC Scholarship Benefit Sponsorships.

Silent Auction – GALA is also looking for partners who wish to help by donating items for the silent auction.  For information go to NYC Silent Auction Opportunities.