2017 Nightingale Gala
The 2017 Nightingale Gala was held on September 16 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 silent dream trips auction.
The festivities then moved into the ballroom, where guests were greeted with a specially prepared meal from the culinary staff of the Desmond. During dinner, our master of ceremonies, Matthew Hickling, kept the night moving along. While guests were enjoying their dessert, the winners of the drawing items and silent auction were announced. As dessert was being finished, the 2017 awardees were introduced. Rona F. Levin received the 2017 Driscoll Award and the Bellevue School of Nursing Alumnae Association received the 2017 Nightingale Award. As award 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 accompanied our guests into their evening.
Photo highlights from the 2017 Nightingale Gala will be up soon! Our photographer, TR Laz, is tirelessly working on the editing process of over 2000 photographs! Please check back to see if you, your group, and friends were captured on film!
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!