Nightingale Gala

2017 Nightingale Gala

Saturday, September 16, 2017
6:00pm to Midnight
The Desmond, Albany, NY

The Nightingale Gala is held annually to honor the nursing profession in New York State and beyond. The 2017 Nightingale Gala will be held on Saturday, September 16 at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, 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 2017 awardees are:

Nightingale Award

The Bellevue School of Nursing Alumnae Association

Driscoll Award

Rona F. Levin, Ph.D., RN


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 by your sponsorship of the Nightingale Gala. There are several different sponsorship levels available. For full information on sponsorship opportunities available, please click here.

To submit your sponsorship of the Nightingale Gala, please click below.

Gala Tickets

Tickets for the 2017 Nightingale Gala are now available! This year we are introducing a new ticket level for the gala, the Young Professional. This level is for those 35 and under. If you have any questions, please let us know.

We look forward to celebrating with you on September 16th!!

Journal Advertising

Support the Center for Nursing as we continue to increase the knowledge and understanding of nursing and the nursing profession in New York State and beyond by placing an ad in our Nightingale Gala journal. You can honor the 2017 awardees, an exemplary nurse, or your organization or business. Click here for more information on the ad sizes (the inside and outside covers have sold out!).

2016 Nightingale Gala Highlights

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, nurses, educators, doctors, family and friends gathered at The Desmond in Albany to celebrate the 2016 Nightingale Gala. The evening began with a cocktail hour, where guests were able to network and catch up with friends and colleagues. After the cocktail hour, close to 150 guests were welcomed by President Joan Madden Wilson.  The evening’s emcee, Matthew Hickling (Matt). Matt stepped into the spotlight in 2015, when his then four-year-old patient at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, Abbey, asked Matt to marry her. Guests at the Gala were blessed with the opportunity to meet Abbey and she stole all of our hearts.

As dinner was finishing, the awards were presented by President Madden Wilson. The Driscoll Award was presented to Mary J. Finnin, whose service, contributions and advocacy have made a significant impact on nursing and her dedication epitomizes the values for which Veronica M. Driscoll stood. The Nightingale Award was presented to Bonnie and Mark Barnes, founders of the DAISY Foundation. For over 17 years, they have been recognizing extraordinary nurses locally, nationally and internationally. The speeches by the awardees left the guests searching for their tissues. Once the guests dried their tears, they were then treated to live music by Bluz House Rockers, which emptied seats and filled the dance floor!