Posts Tagged ‘Dutchess County’

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.

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 Credit Union Presents the 2022 Most Important Meal

Friday, October 7th, 2022

To learn more and get tickets, visit
We are grateful to Hudson Valley Credit Union for returning as the presenting sponsor of this event.

Get Ready For Breakfast: Buy Your Tickets for The Most Important Meal

Friday, September 23rd, 2022

The 2022 Most Important Meal event will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022 to raise money for our food closet program.

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 23, 2022 from 9:00 am to 12 noon for a fun-filled breakfast blast from the past.

Fill up on cereal, granola or oatmeal and your favorite dairy (or dairy-free) topping at our self-serve grab-and-go bar. Not a cereal lover? We’ve got you covered with hot food items. You’ll also get bottomless coffee, tea and juice. We’ll also have contests, raffles, and candy sales all to raise 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 2023. 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! You can also buy a table of 10 for $250.00 and save $100!

International Overdose Awareness Day

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

International Overdose Awareness DayHudson Valley Community Services, a division of Cornerstone Family Healthcare, is hosting a candlelight vigil in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day. This annual commemoration takes place on August 31st to pay respect to those lost to substance use overdose, raise awareness of local substance use disorder services, and end stigma around overdose, substance use and mental health.

Hudson Valley Community Services will hold a vigil with personal experience speakers, memorials, and harm reduction supplies on the front lawn of the First Congregational Church of Christ at 269 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) will offer Narcan training for people interested in receiving a free Narcan kit.  DBCH Deputy Commissioner, Jean-Marie Niebuhr, LCSW-R, will also provide an overview of the opiate epidemic and current responses in the Dutchess County community.

Overdoses due to opioid use have increased 28.5% year over year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics. 2021 saw the highest-ever recorded overdose deaths in the United States.

Hudson Valley Community Services and Cornerstone Family Healthcare operate harm reduction programs for people with and at high risk for substance use disorder, including medication assisted treatment (MAT), methadone, syringe access, behavioral health counseling and community education. They work in concert with other support providers in Dutchess and nearby counties, including the Stabilization Center in Poughkeepsie.

For more information about the International Overdose Awareness Day candlelight vigil, please call (845) 787-1789 or email


Poughkeepsie Pride Parade and Festival

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Progress flag with intersex community

Most Important Meal 2022

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Our signature breakfast event takes place on Sunday, October 23, 2022. Tickets start at $35.00 for adults (kids are free!) and sponsorships are available. Visit our Most Important Meal page for more information.

Free Hepatitis C Testing Event: Poughkeepsie

Monday, April 18th, 2022

Free Hepatitis C Testing

HVCS is providing free Hepatitis C testing and a bag lunch on 4 dates in May (which is Hepatitis Awareness Month). Testing and lunch incentives will be given at our SEP van (or in the Monticello office, on May 16th).

Here is the full schedule:

Thursday May 12, 2022 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Municipal Parking Lot @ Mill St.
between N. Hamilton and Catherine St., Poughkeepsie

Friday May 13, 2022 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Parking lot behind 280 Broadway, Newburgh

Monday, May 16, 2022 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm
20 Crystal St., Monticello

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Elmendorf St. between Broadway and Tremper Ave., Kingston

Support provided by United Healthcare. For more information, call or text (845) 522-5767 or email us.

High Score Hijinks: Pride Kickoff and Fundraiser

Friday, April 8th, 2022

High Score Hijinks