Posts Tagged ‘donations’

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.

Hudson Valley Credit Union Presents: The Most Important Meal 2021

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Help local people who are living with chronic illnesses get the nutrition and support they need to stay as healthy as possible!

Join HVCS at the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12 noon for a fun-filled breakfast blast from the past. Every ticket includes a commemorative souvenir bowl so you’ll always remember that the most important meal is the one you made possible for someone without enough food.

Fill up your bowl with cereal, granola or oatmeal and your favorite dairy (or dairy-free) topping. Not a cereal lover? We’ve got you covered with hot food items. You’ll also get bottomless coffee, tea and juice. This year we will not have the cereal buffet but all food options will be self-serve or grab-and-go. We’re also dreaming up new entertainment, contests, raffles and of course there will be the silent auction –all while raising funds for HVCS’ food and nutrition programs.

Our food and nutrition programs serve hundreds of people and families each year, and the budget is currently $10,000 short for 2021. We are hoping to raise that–and double–to ensure these vital services remain available for those in need.


Tickets are $35.00 per person over the age of 13. Children 12 and under are free! Scroll down to purchase tickets online or call (845) 787-1789.

Giving Tuesday 2021

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Giving Tuesday is an annual day of online philanthropy, organized to remind people that the holidays are all about giving.


Hudson Valley Community Services saves and improves lives, even while we all cope with ongoing pandemics.

We are only able to be there for our vulnerable clients because of your help. You make this Hudson Valley a kinder, more compassionate place.