Nightingale Gala

2018 Nightingale Gala

Saturday, September 29, 2018

6:00pm to Midnight

The Rivers Casino and Resort

Schenectady, New York

The Nightingale Gala is held annually to honor the nursing profession in New York State and beyond. The 2018 Nightingale Gala will be held on Saturday, September 29 at The Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm, with dinner, dessert and awards beginning at 7:00pm, followed by dancing and live music from TS Ensemble. The two awards that will be presented are the Nightingale Award and the Driscoll Award. The Nightingale Award is given to an organization or individual whose actions mirror those of Florence Nightingale: leader, mentor, educator, researcher, organizer, developer, bold in the face of adversity, and passionate about nursing and patient care. The Driscoll Award is given annually to an individual who stands out in their dedication, determination and support of the Center for Nursing in their efforts to increase public knowledge and understanding of nursing, the nursing profession and the arts and sciences opon which human health depends. The 2018 awardees are:

Nightingale Award

New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders (NYONEL)

Driscoll Award

Diane Cooney Miner, PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN


The Center for Nursing is able to provide it’s numerous programs and services through the support of our individual and corporate supporters. One of the many ways to support the Center is through your sponsorship of the Nightingale Gala. There are several different sponsorship levels available. For full information on sponsorship opportunities, and what is included with each sponsorship level, please click here.

Journal Advertising

Supporting the Center for Nursing assists us in continuing to increase the knowledge and understanding of nursing, and the nursing profession, in New York State and beyond. By placing your ad in the Nightingale Gala journal, you can honor the 2018 awardees (to be announced in late November), an exemplary nurse who has touched your life, or your organization and/or business. Click here for more information on the ad sizes available.

Be sure to secure your spot for the 2018 Nightingale Gala today!

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2017 Nightingale Gala Highlights

The 2017 Nightingale Gala was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York with just under 300 in attendance. Attendees from all over New York State and beyond were greeted with a glass of champagne and live piano music during the cocktail hour. As guests were sipping their champagne, they were able to meet up with friends, old and new, and network with fellow colleagues, along with peruse the various drawing items and the Dream Trips silent auction.

The festivities then moved into the ballroom, where guests were welcomed by Board of Directors President, Joan Madden Wilson. After the welcome, guests were presented with a specially prepared meal from the culinary staff of the Desmond. During dinner, the master of ceremonies, Matthew Hickling, kept the night moving along. While guests were enjoying their dessert, the winners of the drawing items and Dream Trip silent auction were announced. As dessert was being finished, the 2017 awardees were introduced and presented with their awards. Rona F. Levin received the 2017 Driscoll Award and the Bellevue School of Nursing Alumnae Association received the 2017 Nightingale Award. As the awards festivities wrapped up, TS Ensemble got guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor with their eight piece ensemble. Playing music from Sinatra to today’s latest dance hits, their music filled the ballroom and escorted guests into their evening.

Photo highlights from the 2017 Nightingale Gala are below!

2016 Nightingale Gala Photo Highlights

2015 Nightingale Gala Photo Highlights