GALA 2020 Conference

The 2020 Photo Contest Winners are in! 

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of the contest winners.

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winners and contest entries.

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The Peoples Choice Award goes to Schuyler Merritt.
His photo also won First Place in the General category.
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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!

Sincerely,
Steve Silverberg, President

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