GALA 2020 Conference


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Dear GALA members,

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the scientific and medical communities’ belief that the US could expect to experience a second wave of the virus this fall, the conference committee has, out of an abundance of caution, decided to cancel this year’s conference.

Instead, the 2021 conference will be held October 20-October 24, 2021 at the same location, the Hilton Doubletree Midlothian, in Richmond, VA.

Over the course of several discussions with other members, the committee and Board President Steve Silverberg, we have come to the realization that maintaining the required social distancing through seminars, panels and meals would make holding the conference impossible. The health of our members, as well as our animals, is of primary importance.

We have been in touch with the Hilton Doubletree Midlothian in Richmond, Va., and they have been extremely gracious in working with us in this tough time. They are willing to cancel our contract for this year and transfer everything to the new 2021 contract dates.

Clay Jenkinson, aka Thomas Jefferson, has the new 2021 dates available and is still very excited to speak with us. We haven’t confirmed the availability of all speakers, but are hopeful that all will still be part of the 2021 conference. We’ll keep you updated.

And while we are deeply disappointed that the 2020 conference will not occur as planned, we’re looking at the bright side of this situation and feeling that with an extra year to plan, the 2021 GALA Conference will be one for the record books.

See you in 2021!

Steve Silverberg, President

Conference Committee Co-Chairs
Barb Baker, Paige McGrath & Debra Gaskill

Thank you all for coming to the 2019 conference in Reading, PA
We gratefully thank our 2019 Sponsors. See them here.
You can see the past conference pages in the archives.

Planning for the 2021 conference has begun.
The Co-Chairs are Barb Baker, Deb Gaskill & Paige McGrath.

The conference will be held at the
Double Tree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23235
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Dates: Oct. 20, 2021 to Oct. 24, 2021.

How do I get to Richmond?

Things to do in Richmond

Boasting an ideal location, just a short drive from downtown Richmond, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian offers easy access to numerous businesses, shops, sports complexes and leisure options. Shop at the many specialty stores in Chesterfield Town Center and discover local craft shops in the quaint village of Midlothian. Visit Westchester Commons – the latest retail experience in the area, offering movies, shops and dining outlets or take the hotel’s free shuttle to the designer stores of Stony Point Fashion Mall. The charming Carytown, a one-street delight full of local vendors and restaurants, is about 10 minutes from the hotel. With close proximity to sports venues such as Greater Richmond Aquatics (GRAP) and River City Sports, numerous wedding sites and an abundance of leisure activities including rock climbing, golf, go-karts and skating, our friendly hotel in Midlothian, VA is the perfect base for an unforgettable family experience.

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