Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Cancels Annual Garden Party; Launches ‘Pivoting to Respond’ Initiative for Covid-19 Relief

For the first time in 26 years, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will not hold its annual Garden Party. The event has supported local nonprofits, but due to the risks associated with Covid-19, the organization is taking a new approach.

“We will miss seeing our friends and supporters, but the spirit of the Garden Party is more than a party,” said Sally J. Cross, President & CEO of the Community Foundations. “In these challenging times, you have shown us that the Hudson Valley is a caring community. To further the generosity of our neighbors, we are announcing the ‘Pivoting to Respond’ initiative for Covid-19 relief. Instead of selling sponsorships and tickets, we are asking for donations that we will use to rebuild nonprofits.”

“Since late March, we have mobilized to provide urgent supports to the community. Working with our partners we have invested more than $1 million in emergency response. These grants have fed families feeding programs, purchased medical supplies, strengthened mental health services, provided childcare for essential workers, and more.

“Collaboration makes this possible. And it will take a sustained, caring commitment to mitigate the impacts of this pandemic. This is now our single-minded focus. Instead of a catered affair, we invite you and your friends from throughout the region to hold philanthropy in their hearts and contribute to the cause. Together, we can rebuild our Hudson Valley to protect and uplift all.”
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