Message from the Mayor

Dear Friend,

The Mayor’s Benefit Gala continues to achieve its mission in enhancing the quality of life for individuals in our community.

This year, my wife Susan has chosen Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program as the recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Benefit Gala, to be held on Saturday, April 29th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Utica.

The theme of the 2017 Gala is GROW BIG DREAMS!  The Young Scholars Program has helped more than a thousand students in Utica realize their full potential while also highlighting the diversity of our community as 79% of the Program’s students represent minority or refugee populations.

The success of the Young Scholars Program is evidenced by the 93% graduation rate of its students, with a 100% graduation rate for the class of 2016.  The valedictorian and five of the top ten graduates from Proctor High School’s 2016 graduating class were Young Scholars.

Since 2005, 86% of Young Scholar graduates have enrolled in college.  In building on this success, the Young Scholars Program developed an initiative called the City of Utica Advantage, to support college and career readiness with paid internships for students during the summer months.

The City of Utica Advantage aims to connect high school students with a range of businesses and organizations throughout the City to further cultivate their development while simultaneously giving back to the community.  With the proceeds from the Mayor’s Gala, this program will come to fruition this summer.

The Gala has become a staple event in our City because of your support and we ask for your continued commitment by making a cash donation or by providing an in-kind gift of your trade in support of this great organization.

By supporting this year’s Gala, you will be recognized on all promotional material and event signage.

To view our sponsorship options please click here.

We thank you for your partnership in making a positive difference in our community.


Robert M. Palmieri &  Susan A. Palmieri
Mayor                       Honorary Chairperson
City of Utica              Mayor’s Benefit Gala

Learn more about the Young Scholars Program