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Most Important Meal 2023

Monday, May 8th, 2023

The Most Important Meal 2023

Mark your calendar for the return of our signature breakfast event!

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

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.

Out Loud Hudson Valley’s “Let The Sun Shine” a Fundraiser for HVCS – DATE CHANGE

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Join your chosen family for an unforgettable evening at Revel 32, as Out Loud Hudson Valley produces its first fundraiser of 2023. 

UPDATE: Let The Sun Shine has been moved to Saturday, April 15, 2023. Tickets are still available at the link below.

The fun starts at 8pm with a cash bar cocktail reception and live music with DJ Jimmy Prada. At 9:30, Shequida will host the Mr./Miss Hudson Valley Drag Competition, and a winner will be crowned based on audience votes! Immediately following the show, the dance party continues. 

Advanced tickets through Eventbrite are $30. Admission at the door will be $40. 

Pageant voting tickets can only be purchased at the door with cash, with all proceeds going directly to Hudson Valley Community Services

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

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!


High Score Hijinks: Pride Kickoff and Fundraiser

Friday, April 8th, 2022

High Score Hijinks

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayFebruary 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Share the social media posts below to help spark conversations about HIV and highlight progress being made to reduce HIV among Black or African American (hereafter referred to as Black) people. You can also find and share Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources for Black audiences.

Most Important Meal Raises Funds for Food Closet Program

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

The 2021 Most Important Meal, presented by Hudson Valley Credit Union, took place on Sunday, October 24th at the Fishkill Recreation Center. We raised nearly $6,000 for our food closet program, which is one of very few HVCS programs not funded by government grants.

Thanks again to our event sponsors and advertisers. View the slideshow from the event here: