Release date: 9/26/2016

Community Philanthropists Honored by Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley at Annual Garden Party

Hartshorn, Turk Family recognized for outstanding community service at Opus 40

2016 Garden Party Honoree Steve Turk invites attendees of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s Garden Party to keep their philanthropy local and support the region’s nonprofits. Seated: Karen Strain Smythe, 2015 Honoree; Sue Hartshorn, 2016 Honoree; Gloria Turk, 2016 Honoree with son Steve Turk and his wife Shelley Turk; Darlene Pfeiffer, 2015 Honoree. Credit: All Purpose Photo
SAUGERTIES, NY – On Sunday, September 25, 2016, some of the Hudson Valley’s most generous philanthropists, business and community leaders came together at Opus 40 to honor Sue Hartshorn of Dutchess County and Gloria Turk, son Steve Turk and his wife Shelley Turk of Ulster County. These beloved community leaders were recognized for their extraordinary commitments to philanthropy and community service in the region.

Sue Hartshorn and Steve Turk each spoke with conviction about how family role models taught them since childhood to give back to the community through volunteer service and philanthropy. Over the years, their personal involvement and philanthropy has brought even more joy and 
fulfillment to their lives, and inspires them daily to continue to do more.
From the dais of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s 2016 Garden Party, front row l-r: Karen Strain Smythe, 2015 Honoree; Steve Turk, 2016 Honoree; Sue Hartshorn, 2016 Honoree; Gloria Turk, 2016 Honoree;  Darlene Pfeiffer, 2015 Honoree; March Gallagher, CFHV President & CEO. Back row l-r: Art Upright, CFHV Chair; Thomas Murphy, CFHV Chair, Ulster Advisory Board.  Credit: All Purpose Photo

Proceeds from the event support the Community Foundations’ work in the region and its Community Response grant programs in Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties. Community Response grants build the capacity and effectiveness of local nonprofit organizations in health and human services, education, the arts, environmental protection and more.The Community Foundations’ President and CEO, March S. Gallagher, Esq. said, “The Community Foundations’ annual Garden Party has provided more than $1 million in grants to our region’s nonprofits since 2000. We are so grateful to our Platinum Sponsor, HealthAlliance and MidHudson Regional Hospital, Members of the WMCHealth Network, and all of our sponsors and guests for their generosity making this event and our work in the community possible.”

Kevin Quilty, event coordinator and Vice President of the Community Foundations’ work in Ulster County added, “We also thank Opus 40 and their excellent staff for hosting the event. They treated our guests with such care as they enjoyed a special glimpse of the sculpture park and sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains on a beautiful fall afternoon.” 
2016  Garden Party Sponsors with March S. Gallagher, Esq., CFHV President & CEO (second from right).  Credit: All Purpose Photo

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 $53 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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