Adelphi University President’s Gala

Adelphi University President’s Gala

Adelphi celebrates the arts at 23rd Annual President’s Gala and raises $2.36 million for programs and scholarships.

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The gala raised $2.36 million for arts programming, student scholarships and institutional initiatives.

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Adelphi celebrates its legacy in the arts and donors at 23rd Annual President’s Gala.

Showstopping performances by alumni and students joined heartfelt tributes to Adelphi standout supporters as the University honored its rich legacy and contributions to the arts at the 23rd annual President’s Gala, An Evening for the Arts at Adelphi: Legends and Legacies, on June 10 at the Garden City Hotel.

This annual fundraising event attracted a dedicated audience of more than 300 civic, business and local leaders, along with members of Adelphi’s campus and community, in support of Adelphi’s mission. In addition to paying homage to artists and entertainment legends who launched their careers at Adelphi, the event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center.

This year’s gala raised $2.36 million for arts programming, student scholarships and initiatives that advance the goals of the M2 strategic plan, which launched last fall.


The gala also included three award presentations in recognition of the honorees’ support for Adelphi, its students, and the community at large:

  • The family of Jonathan Larson ’82 received the President’s Humanitarian Award
  • Mary Jane ’62 and Thomas Poole received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • Peter Principato ’87 received the President’s Outstanding Alumni Award.


The evening also featured rousing musical and dance performances. A quartet of Adelphi students and alumni danced to an excerpt from Suite Sharon Jones, Brooke Beck ’23 sung “Live Out Loud” from A Little Princess, and Bistro Award-winner T. Oliver Reid performed “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime. An emotional rendition of “Louder Than Words” from tick…tick…BOOM! was performed by Adelphi students and alumni.

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