California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

The LGBTQA Commission is pleased to invite you to “California Dreamin'”, our Seventh Annual Reception on Friday, March 20 at 5PM. The evening will begin at the Barn at Boone’s Dam with a light refreshments followed by an awards presentation and silent auction. Tickets are $30.00 each and include creative appetizers, beer, and wine. Payment may be made by Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit card.

If you need to discuss accommodations for a sight, hearing, or physical disability or have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center at

Please join us for an evening of celebration!

To RSVP, please complete the online form.

Host Committee

We would like to express our appreciation to this year's Host Committee. Their generous donation offsets the cost of the reception venue and refreshment purchases.

  • Art Clark & Matthew Barcus
  • William Crone & John Barcus
  • Jean Downing & Pete Gatski
  • Jason Godeke & Cristina Mathews
  • Jeffery & Jaclyn Leitzel
  • Jonathan & Kathleen Lincoln
  • Michael Martin
  • Brett McLaurin & Sue Ei
  • Luke Schmick & Trevor Palmatier
  • Brad Swenson
  • Mark Usry
  • Bob & Kathleen Wislock
  • Craig Young
  • Donald Young

If you would like to join the host committee, please make that selection within the online RSVP form.


  • Dip bar including:
    • Corn and black bean salsa
    • Hummus
    • Tomato Bruschetta
    • Ratatouille tapenade
    • Crab and Mango Bruschetta
    • Guacamole
    • Tabouli
    • Olive tapenade
    • served with Nacho chips, Pita wedges and Toast tips
  • Vegetable display
  • Mini California Turkey Burger
  • 5 herb grill chicken skewers with green aioli dip
  • Beef empanadas with pear mojo
  • Chipolte shrimp skewers
  • Poached Pear and Goat Cheese Tarts

A selection of California wines including:

  • Montpellier Pinot Noir 2013 - This casual, light-bodied red wine has bright cherry fruit on the bouquet. Tangy berry flavors will delight your palate. Lively acidity gives the wine some zest and balances the fruit. Tannins are moderate, and a hint of herbal complexity enhances the finish.
  • Estrella River Winery Merlot 2012 - Bright, ripe berries layered with mild hints of blackberries and blueberries playing off light cedar tones. Nice fruity mid-palate displaying red currant in this easy-drinking Merlot.
  • Hacienda Chardonnay 2013 - A straw colored wine that profiles a wonderful variety of fruit aromas that include peach, apple, and vanilla to name a few. On the palate, the wine shows fresh fruit that is creamy and rich. The wine ends with a smooth, elegant finish.
  • Montpellier Viognier 2012 - Delicate aromas of white peach and apple with a hint of almond blossom. It’s light-bodied on the palate and shows the creamy texture of Viognier with citrus accents and a pleasant crisp dryness on the finish.
  • Friends Blend Sonoma 2012 - A proprietary blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sangiovese aged in French and American oak barrels.
  • Sea Glass Riesling - Pretty perfumed on the nose with hints of jasmine and honeycomb over talc-dusted Asian pear. Soft in the mouth with a nice wash of lemon early on, followed by noticeably sweet flavors of apple and pear.

Beer sampling from Berwick Brewing Company and Turkey Hill Brewing Company.


The evening's entertainment will be provided by Chamuris and Brown.

Silent Auction Items

We're always accepting gifts for the Silent Auction! Money raised supports LGBTQA Commission sponsored events and the student award honorarium.

If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact Jean Downing in the SOLVE Office located in Northumberland Hall Lower Level, 570-389-4798.

Check out the Facebook Event for a taste of this year's auction items!


The LGBTQA Commission welcomes submissions for the annual awards recognizing individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQA community.

The Student Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the LGBTQA community during the past year by a student and includes an honorarium.

The Faculty/Staff Award is given in recognition of outstanding dedication and support of the LGBTQA community at Bloomsburg University. This individual's actions contributed to the creation or improvement of an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate on BU’s campus.

The Community Member Award is given in recognition of contributions made by a local community member who has worked to create a collaborative and inclusive presence in our local Bloomsburg community.

Nominations for the 2015 Awards are now open. To nominate an individual, please complete the online Nomination Form.

Past Award Recipients

Year Student Award Faculty/Staff Award Community Award
2009 Andrew Stout
Elena Brobyn-Navarro
James Mackin
Cheryl A. John
Marjorie A. Menaul
2010 Ashley M. Ryman Alicia King Redfern
Jason Godeke
Caring Communities for AIDS
2011 Anndei Varun Julie Vandivere Gretchen Osterman
2012 Aud Traher Mark Usry Craig Young
2013 Megan Paul Jean Downing
Gloria Cohen-Dion
Dan Knorr
2014 Naasik Fuller Christina Francis Sally Meyer


2015 Facebook Event

2014 Facebook Event

2013 Photo Album

2012 Photo Album

2010 Photo Album

2009 Photo Album


RSVP form

Award Nomination Form

In-Kind Gift Form

Donation Request Letter