GALA Catskills - Link to their website


GALA Catskills / Day To Be Gay Foundation

Dear Friends:

This past weekend gave us a first inkling that a spring awakening is not far off, and from underneath the frozen tundra new life shall - eventually - come forth, even up here in the Catskills and Delaware Valley.



That means it's not only time to browse through the gardening catalogs, plan the spring plantings and decide on the season's gardening & outdoor outfits but also to find out what's going on in the community. Here's a first look at what you can expect from GALA Catskills in 2014:

'Tis the season for awards, and we cannot, possibly, stand aside any longer! So, this year, GALA Catskills will present its first ever

GALA Awards to local GLBT leaders and allies. We think it is important to acknowledge those who support issues that are important to us, and help bring us together as a community. We are happy to announce that Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and our very own Jeff Spitz have graciously accepted to be our first awardees and will be honored in a ceremony on

Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Delaware Valley Arts 

The date for 2014's Day To Be Gay is Saturday, June 21, and this year we'll gather in Kauneonga Lake for a good old-fashioned (and fabulously stylish!) community picnic. Judy Maidenbaum from the Fat Lady Café is welcoming us onto her property on Horseshoe Lake Road (behind the Bethel Bake House), and we're planning the program and event details right now. Look for a separate announcement very soon on our website ( or on our facebook page (have you "liked" Gala Catskills yet?). Additional dates for dances and other social gatherings are also in the works and will be announced as we get it together... 

Following up on the positive reviews we got for last year's workshop on Financial and Estate Planning with Tom Sciacca, we're researching topics and speakers for dates in spring and fall 2014. Let us know if there's a specific topic would like to see addressed, will ya? Email!


2014 is an important election year on the Federal, State and local level. GALA Catskills is putting together events for you to meet the candidates, learn about their programs, and to discuss your questions and concerns with them. We'll publish dates and locations as soon as all lose ends have been tied together into a neat package.


As an outcome of the 'Safe Spaces' workshop we hosted with GLSEN last September, GALA Catskills will help launch a GLSEN sub-chapter in Sullivan County to offer the full range of GLSEN services to students and school districts. We'll keep you informed as things take shape.

Last, but certainly not least, GALA Catskills is happy to introduce its newest Board member, Mark Robinson. A living encyclopedia of all things Broadway and musical theater, Mark has been the Education Programs Manager at Bethel Woods since 2012. Welcome aboard, Mark!

...and that should probably suffice for now and as a first outlook of what we have planned for 2014. As always, we encourage you to get involved - we can certainly use volunteers to help organize and run events! Or join the Board and work with us year-round. Just drop us an email and we'll get back to you! And don't forget to show your support by donating to GALA Catskills on our website ( or by sending your check to GALA Catskills, PO Box 188, Bethel, NY 12720. 


Thank you & we'll hope to see you soon out and about here in the Catskills.


Jim Lomax 

& the GALA Catskills Board of Directors. 

Join us at the 21st Original GLBT EXPO!

March 22 and 23, 2014 from Noon to 6 PM

@ the Javits Center in NYC

Look for us at the booth of the 

Sullivan County Visitors Association / Out in the Catskills


The mission of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills (GALA) is to harness the resources of the GLBT community and the good will of its friends and supporters in the region to engage in an array of philanthropic activities that include public information, cultural support, fund raising, and grant making to other non-profit and community organizations




The Board of GALA Catskills:
 James Lomax   Shanna Cafferty   Winston Clark   Norman Duttweiler           Midge Maroni   Heinrich Strauch

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills evolved from the Day to be Gay Foundation which continues to be the registered 501 (c) 3 not for profit umbrella organization for GALA Catskills.

The mission of GALA Catskills to is to harness the resources of the GLBT community as well as the good will of their friends and supporter in the region to pursue an array of philanthropic activities that include: public information, cultural support, fundraising and grant making to other non profits.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Catskills/Day to Be Gay Foundation

Post Office Box 188 Bethel, New York 12720