Annual Gala

The Foundation’s Annual Gala is a fundraiser and recognition event honoring outstanding individuals, organizations, businesses, and friends of SUNY Ulster. Through the generosity of our many contributors, and with the energy and vision of our leadership, the Foundation carries its mission forward for the benefit of our amazing SUNY Ulster students. 

This year’s Gala took place on
Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.
at Diamond Mills


We will be celebrated:

Community. Loyalty. Dedication.



John Markes

John Markes portrait


Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ulster County Chamber of Commerce


 Your Promise – Their Future Award 

The Your Promise – Their Future Award recognizes donors who, by substantial planned gifts or generous contributions, provide funding deemed to be transformative. This year’s awardee is:

Ulster Savings Bank

Ulster Savings Bank logo

#BeLikeAnita Award 

The #BeLikeAnita Award recognizes members of the community who work tirelessly on behalf of others, lead by example, dedicate personal time to make the world a better place, and live in a manner worthy of notice. This year’s recipient is:

Barbara Cohen

Barbara Cohen portrait

Anne R. Donovan Award 

The Anne R. Donovan Award for Faculty & Staff is given to members of the campus community who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to SUNY Ulster by undertaking initiatives above and beyond the scope of their work in support of the mission of the College. 


This year’s awardees are Rachael Pompeii,  Penny Rifenburgh, and Candice Van Dyke


Rachel Pompeii

Rachael Pompeii


Penny Rifenburgh
Penny Rifenburgh


Candace Van Dyke

Candice Van Dyke




 Past Galas

Learn about Past Galas & Honorees

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