Celebration of Stars celebrates and honors nine individuals and organizations working in Dutchess County working to make our community a more equitable and inclusive space for all. You can be a part of our mission to drive this work forward by celebrating with us and honor them for their incredible work by purchasing a ticket for this event, or by sponsoring the cost of an individual supported by the agency to attend the event.
This years honorees are:
The Harney Family, Harney & Sons Fine Teas: The Bessie Payne Humanitarian Award
Ellen Gambino, Dutchess County Community College: The Peggy Martinko Award
*Rachel Lafreniere, Wappingers Central School District: The Katz Award
*Katherine Seckler, Brookmeade Community: The Sarah Studler "Smile" Award
Brian Gelb, The Arc of Dutchess: The Mimi Stambrook Award
*Alma Gibson, The Arc of Dutchess: The Rising Star Award
*Jadelyn Panko: The Kenny Dixon "Spirit" Award
*Matt & Lynn MacDonald: The Frank Pessia Award
The Inaugural "Supernova Award": Winner to be announced at the event!
(*each of these awards are available for sponsorship).