Release date: 9/2/2016

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s 2016 Garden Party to Honor Sue Hartshorn and Turk Family

Annual event to be held September 25, 2016 from 3-6 p.m. at scenic Opus 40 in Saugerties

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Philanthropy is alive and well—and will be celebrated—at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s annual Garden Party. Each year for more than two decades, the Community Foundations has recognized leaders who are dedicated to improving lives through their community service and philanthropy. Proceeds from this signature event support nonprofit capacity building through the Community Response Grants program.

This year’s honorees are Sue Hartshorn from Dutchess County and the Turk Family from Ulster County, including Gloria Turk, son Steve Turk and his wife Shelley Turk. All share a wonderful trait: a propensity for giving, both of their time and their generous donations. They can be credited with a long history of contributions to education, the arts and a range of programs and services that have improved the lives of their fellow community members.

Last year’s honorees, Darlene Pfeiffer and Richard Strain and daughter Karen Strain Smythe, are honorary co-chairs for 2016. CFHV board member Thomas J. Murphy, Vice President and Regional Manager with M&T Bank, is the event committee chair. “Every year, the Garden Party is our opportunity to honor those who have made significant contributions to our communities,” said Murphy. “Sue Hartshorn and the Turk family epitomize the culture of community service that is the basis of the Community Foundations’ mission.”

Sue Hartshorn was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, into a family that encouraged community service. After graduating from Vassar and settling in Rhinebeck to raise her family, Sue became involved with a long list of organizations including the Rhinebeck Central School District Board and the Starr Library Board, women’s rights organizations and most recently the arts, including Arts Mid-Hudson, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Art Along the Hudson. She and her family own and manage Montgomery Row in Rhinebeck, NY.

In her lifetime of learning and giving back, Sue Hartshorn counts her affiliation with the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley among her most valuable learning experiences: “It has opened me to the myriad programs and organizations that the Community Foundations touches, and the needs it has addressed.” In equal measure, the Community Foundations have benefitted from her long involvement as a past board member and its first woman chair.

Likewise, Gloria Turk and her late husband Nathan “Toolie” Turk established the Turk Family Fund as a donor advised fund in 1997 with the organization now known as the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. “It has been a pleasure to support the organizations I love, and have the Community Foundations act on my behalf to distribute those grants,” says Gloria Turk. Some of the many organizations that have received support from the Turk Family Fund include Mill Street Loft, Vassar Temple, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.

Following in the footsteps of parents Gloria and Toolie Turk, Steve and Shelley Turk ardently support the Community Foundations and the greater Hudson Valley through their gracious service and contributions to area health initiatives and regional coalitions. Longstanding residents of Ulster County, the Turks own and operate the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, an all-inclusive family destination in Highland, NY, and Splashdown Beach Waterpark in Fishkill, NY. Steve Turk served on the board of the Community Foundations from 2000-2005 and Shelley Turk formerly served on the board and as treasurer of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, which holds several funds with the Community Foundations.

Each year, the Community Foundations’ Garden Party Committee selects a distinctive Hudson Valley location to highlight the exceptional nature of the Garden Party and its honorees. Opus 40 in Saugerties, NY, is a world-acclaimed bluestone sculpture park hand constructed over 37 years by the late Harvey Fite, a founder of the Bard College Fine Arts Department. Ric Orlando from New World Catering will provide a sumptuous spread.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at or by calling at (845) 452-3077. The deadline for sponsorships and program book ads is near – contact Kevin Quilty at the Community Foundations at (845) 338-2535.

HealthAlliance and MidHudson Regional Hospital, Members of the WMCHealth Network

Mike Arteaga’s Health & Fitness Centers James J. McCann Charitable Trust
Basch & Keegan, LLP Merrill Lynch Wealth Management –
         Irwin, Burlingame, Bagtas Group
Bruderhof Communities M&T Bank
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Marianne Murray & Richard Rowley
Timothy Hartshorn & Piper H. Woods Herb Redl, Inc.
Health Quest Systems, Inc. Rhinebeck Bank
IBM Corporation Riverside Bank, a division of Salisbury
          Bank and Trust Company
KeyBank National Association Tinkelman Architecture, PLLC
Peter Krulewitch Turk Hospitality Group
Local Economies Project Ulster Savings Bank
Marshall & Sterling Insurance Williams Lumber and Home Centers

Poughkeepsie Journal Media Daily Freeman                     

Adams Fairacre Farms Marist College
Advancement Communications, Inc. Products, Inc.
Beekman Arms McCabe & Mack LLP
Brooks and Brooks Surveying William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc.
Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP Montgomery Row
D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP PKF O’Connor Davies LLP
Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Precision Pipeline Solutions
Freedom Ford Premier Medical Group 
          of the Hudson Valley, PC
Gellert, Klein & MacLeod, P.C. Andrea L. Reynolds and Sean Griffin
Hampton Inn of Kingston, New Paltz
            and Matamoras
Rondout Savings Bank
Handel Foundation Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
HeritagEnergy Daniel Short, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
Historic Kingston Waterfront Development LLC Howard C. St. John Family
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union TD Bank
Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA Vassar College
Mackey, Butts & Wise  


About The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Serving all of Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley is a driving force in philanthropy in the region, distributing funds from thousands of donors to connect people who care with causes that matter. Administering more than $50 million in assets, we work with donors to provide grants and scholarships, establish endowment and reserve funds for nonprofits and other charitable causes, and collaborate with government, private foundations and local leaders to address current and emerging needs. More at

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