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Hudson Valley Gives 2023

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

Hudson Valley Gives 2023

Get ready for Hudson Valley Gives, a day devoted to local online philanthropy. This year we’re raising funds for our patient assistance programs, like our emergency food closets, supplies for unhoused patients, and other essential services. We hope you’ll include HVCS and Cornerstone Family Healthcare in your HV Gives plan.

Hudson Valley Gives will take place on Wednesday, May 17th all day long.

If you’d like to help clients directly with in-kind donations, you may also set up a drop-off date by contacting us. Our clients are in need of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers and paper products.

HVCS is a beneficiary of the Cornerstone Family Healthcare Foundation.

Mix It Up: Pride Month Mixer at Happy Valley

Friday, April 21st, 2023

Mix It Up: A Pride Month mixer at Happy Valley on June 22, 2023

HVCS is holding its second annual Pride month mixer at Happy Valley in Beacon, NY on Thursday, June 22, 2023 from 6 to 9 pm. Join us for a casual, family-friendly hangout at Beacon’s top active entertainment venue filled with classic arcade games, fun bar finger foods, wonderful drinks including local brews, and an open air courtyard to enjoy the spring weather. HVCS will be playing safer sex and harm reduction quiz games in the courtyard all night and giving away plenty of incentive items. Every quarter you play in Happy Valley’s games will be donated to HVCS to support our queer health initiatives. These programs and rights may be under assault in other parts of the country, but we’ll ensure people in the Hudson Valley stay connected to nonbiased, affirming healthcare and support.

Plus, a portion of sales of our specialty “Rainbow Road” and “Blinky’s Revenge” cocktails–created just for us by Happy Valley’s mixologists and only available at this event–will benefit our programs, too. There’s no cover, and everyone is welcome (kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult, though).

Can’t make it, but still want to help? You can donate any time, at any level, on our Donate page.

You can also help by downloading and sharing our event flyer: Pride Happy Valley 2023

Tina Burner Comes To Poughkeepsie For Electro Brunch on March 12!

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

Tina Burner, who rose to international fame after appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, comes to the Hudson Valley in support of our programs and services! Electro Brunch is coming up on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at noon at The Academy HVNY. Our annual drag brunch raises funds for programs like HIV/AIDS prevention, harm reduction and emergency food pantries. We’ve partnered with Out Loud Hudson Valley to completely revamp our event, with a new venue and a much larger audience!

Tickets are $35 and table of up to 10 are available. Please note: Tickets are for admission to the fabulous show… The Academy’s brunch buffet with mimosas is an additional $40, and other beverages will be sold separately.

Hurry! Tickets are going very fast. Get yours at:

Electro Brunch: The Reunion – Our Annual Drag Brunch

Friday, February 17th, 2023

Out Loud Hudson Valley presents: Electro Brunch

HVCS Drag Brunch is back—totally revamped and ready for the spotlight! We’re partnering with Out Loud Hudson Valley to throw our biggest brunch event ever, on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Noon at the Academy in Poughkeepsie.

The one and only Tina Burner, who rose to fame on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 13, brings big wig energy to wake up your weekend. The Academy will offer a dazzling brunch menu, mimosas, signature cocktails and a full bar.

Tickets are $35.00 each and available now at Please note: Tickets are for admission to the fabulous show…food & drinks are sold separately.

This annual event has grown from its roots in Clintondale, and more guests than ever can enjoy an amazing drag performance while raising funds for HVCS programs, like our emergency food closets and HIV prevention education.

For more information, visit or call (845) 787-1789. Tickets are available at: Eventbrite.

Drag Brunch Goes Electro!

Friday, February 17th, 2023

Where can you enjoy an appearance by an internationally famous drag queen, a spectacular brunch, a full bar, and help your neighbors in need? At the HVCS Electro Brunch, that’s where!

We’ve partnered with Out Loud Hudson Valley to amp up our annual drag brunch to the next level. Join Tina Burner from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 at the Academy in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Noon. Tickets are $35.00 and proceeds benefit HVCS’ programs, such as our HIV/AIDS education services and our emergency food closets.

The Academy, Poughkeepsie’s hottest dining destination, will offer their new brunch menu, signature cocktails, and full bar (meals and beverages must be purchased separately). You’ll also have the chance to enter to win fabulous prizes in our raffles and games.

Purchase your tickets today at Eventbrite. For more information, visit or call (845) 787-1789.

Relive The Most Important Meal 2022

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

On Sunday, October 23, 2022, HVCS hosted its sixth annual Most Important Meal fundraiser at the Fishkill Recreation Center. This charity breakfast raised more than $8,100 for our Emergency Food Closet program, which serves over 1,200 clients each year. Browse through photos from the event to relive the morning (or see what you missed). Kids had fun wrapping their grown-ups as mummies, the audience got in on some Name That Song fun, and even Spiderman made a surprise appearance! For more information on this event, visit our Most Important Meal page.

This event was presented by Hudson Valley Credit Union.

Sponsors of the 2022 Most Important Meal

Supporters Stepped Up For The Most Important Meal

Friday, October 21st, 2022

We are so grateful for the support we received from our sponsors, donors, board members, and staff for the 2022 Most Important Meal. Please watch this video to see the local businesses and people who stepped up and donated time, talent or treasure to HVCS’ emergency food closets.

Hudson Valley Gives

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Hudson Valley Gives, May 18, 2022


At Cornerstone Family Healthcare and HVCS, we believe that nutritious food is medicine. And everyone has the right to better nutrition, regardless of income and social status. No one deserves to go hungry. We simply can’t let our patients and clients go without food.

That’s why we operate fourteen food closets throughout the Hudson Valley. These emergency food closets can provide bags of nonperishable groceries to immediately alleviate hunger, and tide a family over until they can access other supplemental nutrition sources. We shepherd these patients to our in-house WIC and Nutritional Outreach and Education Program so they can access free foods and SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits. We also refer them to area food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, and other available supports. And we provide more food the next month, and onward, if needed.

Our emergency food closets allow us to address a family’s immediate needs. We also use food bags as an incentive to encourage those who have been lost to care to come in and see us. HVCS also provides nutritious snacks to clients experiencing homelessness, a step that builds their trust in us and lets them know we are on their side.

The custom of breaking bread together has endured for centuries because sharing food builds bonds, and, when that food is healthy, builds health and wellness. These food resources are only one way that we care for our neighbors in the Hudson Valley. We’re able to help patients and families in need immediately with food on our closet shelves. Please help us stock our emergency food closets for the season—when usually supplies dip. All donations made during Hudson Valley Gives will be used for our emergency food closets—100% of your contribution will go to help someone in need because we operate our food closets with no overhead expenses. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference. On behalf of all of us at Cornerstone and HVCS, thank you for your continued generosity and support!


Drag Brunch 2022: Ulster County – Presented by PCSB

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Drag Brunch 2022

HVCS’ signature Drag Brunch returns to Gunk Haus in Highland for 2022! Join us on Sunday, February 27th for amazing performances hosted by Trixie Starr, tantalizing brunch entrees, games, prizes and more. This event benefits HVCS’ programs and services, like HIV. STD and Hepatitis C prevention.

All attendees must show proof of COVID vaccination at the door. Ticket includes choice of brunch entree and bottomless non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are $35.00 each. Get tickets now – they usually sell out!

This event is proudly supported by PCSB Bank.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, call J. Dewey at (845) 787-1789 or get in touch via email.

Locks That Rock 30th Anniversary Party/HVCS Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Andy Reid, host of HVCS’ podcast, chats with business owner Karen Catalano about her upcoming 30th anniversary celebration at her hair studio, Locks That Rock. The party takes place on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 12 noon at 1552 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls, NY. Karen is collecting nonperishable foods for HVCS’ food pantries. She is also selling special anniversary t-shirts and all sales will benefit us, too. Visit for more info on the party.