President Sterk Visits the Blue Jean Brunch


GALA’s  annual  Blue Jean Brunch and Fundraiser was a special day indeed!  Our new Emory President, Claire Sterk, surprised us with a visit that capped another successful GALA Homecoming event.

Our Blue Jean Brunch,  traditionally the highlight of our yearly social calendar, began as usual with about 40 alums, students and guests visiting and celebrating with an abundance of great food and drink.

Our Co-Chairs, Markbradley Kitay and Scot Seitz welcomed the crowd and gave an overview of  GALA accomplishments in the past year, and what we might look for in the coming year.  Danielle Steele, Director of the Office of LGBT Life, also spoke about the many programs which they offer to our LGBT students, and also what we should look for in the future.

But President Sterk’s surprise visit literally made the day!  Our new president gave a short address to our group, but more importantly, she remained with us for another  half hour, speaking with us individually, posing for pictures, taking time from her busy schedule just to get to know us and thank us for being an important part of our Emory community.  It was quite a day for GALA!

Of course, we will be inviting President Sterk to visit an upcoming meeting of our Steering Committee, and we look forward to having a great relationship with her as she leads Emory into the future.

Coming up next on our social calendar is our annual Holiday Party, and we have a special venue this year.  Our party will be on Thursday, December 1st, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at Bar Margot in the Four Season’s Hotel  in Midtown.  So make plans to attend this special event.  You can register here.

Also, we are looking forward in the spring to our annual Theater Outing, and, of course you will not want to miss the 25th Annual Gay Pride Awards on March 2nd.  It will be special.  We are looking forward to another great social year at GALA, so come and join in!

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