GALA Catskills/ Day to Be Gay Foundation had a very busy
and successful 2014 spring and fall.
We increased our visibility in the community and
this has benefited us in terms of increased donations
and the ability to fund upcoming programs for the
In April, 2014 we initiated an awards ceremony in which
we recognized community leaders who have been advocates
for the LGBTQ community.
This year we honored our NY representative Aileen
Gunther for her support of same-sex marriage and Jeff
Spitz who administers the Gays of Sullivan website.
In July we were pleased to hold our annual Day to Be Gay
Festival and Sullivan Gay Pride event at the pavilion of
the Fat Lady Café.
It was a great day for all who attended.
We started a Friday afternoon get together that we
called Second Fridays [patterned after UDGLBT in
Milford, PA] and held on the second Friday of July,
August and September.
We appreciate Henning’s Local, North Branch Inn
and the Catskill Distillery for hosting this event.
This is an opportunity for people to network and
meet new people.
We will continue this during the summer months
GALA also cosponsored several other community fund
raising events with other non-profit organizations in
This included working with our local NPR station, WJFF
in Jeffersonville, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance,
Narrowsburg and the Forestburgh Playhouse.
The board of directors of GALA will be increasing in
size with the addition of 3-5 new members.
This will increase our board to 7-9 people.
We regretted saying good-bye to Norman Duttweiler
who served on our board for 4 years.
We wish Norman and his husband Ron all the best
in their permanent move to New Mexico.
Please return to
our website in the next month to learn more about our
newest board members.
On October 22, 2014 GALA is cosponsoring an important
training program presented by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and
Straight Education Network) for Sullivan County
teachers, social workers, nurses and counselors for both
junior high and high school.
GLSEN will provide an overview of available
national programs that have been successful in
decreasing bullying of LGBTQ students.
GALA will follow up by providing financial
support to local schools who initiate or expand existing
Our goal is to identify GLSEN sponsors in each of
the county schools.
For the upcoming winter months, we are planning to form
a dinner club for LGBT adults who live in this area full
can be a period of isolation for many individuals who
live here and periodic dinners will give people a chance
to socialize and network.
Please visit our website periodically to find out about
upcoming events, board and policy changes and other
We will also keep in touch with you through
behave of the board of directors, we thank you again for
all of your support during this past year.
Jim Lomax, President