Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to Honor Community Service at Annual Garden Party

2023 Honorees (l-r) Eli B. Basch, Randi & David Petrovits, and Nathaniel S. Prentice


Kevin Quilty, Vice President, Ulster
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
(845) 338-2535

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (CFHV) will honor four individuals with long and impressive commitments to philanthropy and community service at its annual Garden Party on Sunday, September 10, 2023. The event will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Borden Estate, at 323 Borden Road in Wallkill, Ulster County, where an historic mansion is flanked by sweeping views of the impressive grounds and Catskill Mountains.
At the Garden party, the CFHV will recognize Eli B. Basch of Ulster County, Nathaniel S. Prentice of Putnam County, and David and Randi Petrovits of Dutchess County for their extraordinary community service. Net proceeds from the event will support the CFHV Community Grants program, which provides annual funding support to nonprofit organizations in Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster counties.
“I am delighted to be this year’s chair of the Community Foundations’ Garden Party event. It is our opportunity to recognize and extend heartfelt appreciation to our honorees Eli Basch, David and Randi Petrovits and Nat Prentice,” remarked Jane Garrity, Garden Party Chair and Citizens Bank President, “The Community Foundations successfully invests and supports our many non-profit organizations. Please join us for a delightful afternoon, and see you in the garden!”
Eli B. Basch, Esq., a lifelong resident of Kingston, New York (Ulster County), has practiced law in Kingston for over four decades. Mr. Basch currently serves as the acting chair of the New Paltz College Council, and on the boards of the Friends of Historic Kingston and the Congregation of Emanuel of the Hudson Valley. For many years he served on the New Paltz College Foundation, including as its Chair. A former Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, Mr. Basch and his late wife, Susan, a teacher and an artist, have supported numerous charitable organizations focusing their philanthropy on education, health care, Jewish causes, and the arts.
Nathaniel S. Prentice, of Garrison, New York (Putnam County), has enjoyed a 50-year career in the financial services industry. Before founding Prentice Investment Management, LLC in 2018, Mr. Prentice worked with Altium Wealth Management, Oppenheimer & Co., UBS Financial Services and M&T Bank, following 20 years with Alex, Brown & Sons, Inc. He began his career in 1969 with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Mr. Prentice has been a member of the Board of Trustees of CFHV since 2015. While his current term ends on June 30 of 2023, he remains on the CFHV Putnam Advisory Board. In Putnam County, he is a Commissioner for the Garrison Fire District, serves on the board of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and as President of both the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce and Putnam County Business Council. His newest activities include serving on the boards of Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring and Paramount Hudson Valley Arts in Peekskill. He is married to Anita Rhett Prentice. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
David and Randi Petrovits of Poughkeepsie, New York (Dutchess County), have made volunteering and philanthropy part of the fabric of their daily lives. Mr. Petrovits, the Founder and CEO of Blacktop Maintenance Corporation since 1973, served as its CEO until turning over daily operations to the next generation. Mrs. Petrovits taught elementary grades K-6 in the Arlington Central School District before leaving to start a family.
Throughout their careers and into retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Petrovits have remained involved as dedicated community volunteers. Mr. Petrovits is involved with the LaGrange Lions Club, the Boy Scouts/Camp Nooteeming, the Dutchess Community College Foundation Board, Town and City of Poughkeepsie government, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and as a Trustee of Salisbury Bank. Mrs. Petrovits joined the Junior League of Poughkeepsie in 1968, which then led to her volunteering at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as an Auxillian and later as a board member with the Vassar Brothers Foundation and The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. She has also been a member of the local Girl Scouts board and taught Sunday School for many years.
Garden party tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling the CFHV offices at (845) 452-3077. Underwriting opportunities are available for businesses and corporations desiring event tickets and attractive promotional visibility. Contact Kevin Quilty at the Community Foundations at (845) 338-2535 or for more information.
About The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley delivers community leadership and strategic philanthropy to inspire and celebrate local charitable giving in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. Partnering with its generous donors, the CFHV addresses current and emerging community needs through effective grantmaking to improve the quality of life for all, and by offering technical assistance to help nonprofits operate more effectively. Since its origin as the Area Fund in 1969, the CFHV has expanded to include Dutchess, Ulster, and Putnam counties. The CFHV currently manages over $100 million in assets and administers nearly 600 charitable funds for individuals and organizations. In 2022, it distributed more than $17 million in grants and scholarships. The CFHV is a tax-exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to the CFHV are tax-deductible within the limitations prescribed by the Internal Revenue Code. More at

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