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.”
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 http://www.CommunityFoundationsHV.org 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
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