Great Things Are On the Horizon

Great Things Are On the Horizon
MHLC Annual Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, September 30
UPDATE: Moved to a Virtual Event beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Our silent auction will begin on Monday, September 20. A link will be posted here.
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After careful consideration, the MHLC Board and staff have made the difficult decision to move the Great Things Are On The Horizon Fall Fundraiser to an online format.  We were so looking forward to seeing everyone in person and recognizing our honorees in a beautiful location, but with rising COVID numbers and the potential for transmission of the virus despite vaccination, it is our responsibility to consider the health and wellbeing of our supporters above all. The decision to cancel the in-person gathering was especially difficult as there was such an enthusiastic response. 

Therefore, similar to last year’s event, the Great Things Are On The Horizon event will switch to a virtual format, featuring a Zoom presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a pick-up dinner option. Dinner by White Management will be available for pick up at Bountiful Bread locations in Albany and Schenectady from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Registered participants will be contacted to select a dinner option/pick-up location and will receive a link to the Zoom presentation.

Our virtual presentation will be hosted by MHLC Executive Director Mark King and Board Chair Sarah Carroll. We will feature the acclaimed artist Len Tantillo, honoree of the Great Things Are On The Horizon Fall Fundraiser. The event also features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a few of MHLC’s exciting projects and acquisitions. 

This year’s event features the celebration of four local individuals, each of whom has had an impact on our community and the environment:

Len Tantillo, the 2021 event honoree and an acclaimed local artist recognized for his ability to capture specific moments and visualize places of the past through his paintings. 

Ellie Prakken and John Smolinsky, who will receive the Dan Driscoll Leadership Award for giving outstanding time and energy to advance the mission of MHLC. John and Ellie have assisted with everything from pumpkin-moving and event set-up to trail work and support for ART on the Rail Trail. 

And Dennis O’Leary, who will receive our Saving Special Places Award for his work with the Bioreserve.

Read more about our 2021 Honorees.

Continue to watch for the opening of our online auction on September 20; a link to the auction will be posted to this page. The auction will close the day after our event, at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1. This year, there are many unique and exciting items in the auction, including vacation packages, artwork, gift baskets, jewelry, and gift certificates from local businesses!

We are truly grateful for your continued support through these challenging times. Although we certainly did not anticipate missing this opportunity to gather, we hope that you will still enjoy a wonderful evening celebrating successes in land conservation and those who have made an impact on our community and the environment. 

If you have any questions about the event, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 518-436-6346 or


If you want to mail your ticket order and payment to our office, CLICK HERE for a printable response form.

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2021 Fall Fundraiser Sponsors

Presenting Level: 

White Management

Environmentalist Level:

The Spinney Group

Preserve Level:

Keeler Motor Car Company

Morgan Stanley, Mary Irish, Wealth Advisor

Young/Sommer LLC Attorneys at Law

Farm Level:

C.T. Male Associates

McSharry & Associates Realty

Sawyer’s Screen Printing & Embroidery

The Chazen Companies



2021 Honorary Committee

Champion Level

Claudia Anderson & Lewis Buckman
Keith & Susan Bennett
Robert Drew & Ann Eppelmann
Marilyn & Norm Fancher
Christine Galvin & Ray Rettig
Peter Kelly
Mark & Kristen King
Jeff & Judy Leon
Cathie Love & George Berg
Chet & Karen Opalka
Elliott & Penny Shaw
Frank & Sarah Slingerland
Nadine & Ron Stram
Vicary & Peter Thomas
Judy & Steve Thomson
Katherine & William Wolfram

Visionary Level

Kim Baker
Sarah Carroll
Chris & Fran Gorka
Lauren & Harold Iselin
Jeff Jones & Eleanor Stein
Charlie & Barbara Kruzansky
J. Scott & Debra Lewendon
Bill Little
Chuck & Barbara Manning
Irene Lurie & Thad Mirer
Janet Nardolillo
Bonita L. Perry

Susan Phillips
Ellie Prakken & John Smolinsky
John & Peggy Sherman
Peter & Rose-Marie Ten Eyck
Inga Tomson

Conservator Level

David Ashton & Kathy Moser
Lauren Axford
Peter M. Bakal
Lise Bang-Jensen & Charles Houghton
Debra Barnes Breitenbach

Joel & Andrea Bartfield
Dan & Mary Berry
Alyson Brody
Peter & Debbie Brown
Ruth Bonn
Charles Buchanan
Kirkham R. Cornwell & Claire T. Pospisil
Winifred DeLoayza
John Dow & Claire Pattison
Charles Duncan & Rachel Dressler
Clifford Erickson
Georgia Fishburn
Aline D. Galgay

Jim Gaughan & Keith Lee
David & Sandra Geisinger
Bob & Monica Gordon
Christopher & Shirley Greagan
Marcia Hanson
Michael & Sheila Hart
Chris Hawver
Ellen Jabbur
Joyce & Daniel Keenan
Janet Kerr

Robert & JoAnne King
Kate & Erik Kriss
Adriana & Ben Laser
Agnes Leahy

John & Susan Leath
Dan Lewis & Jan Fleischner
George & Marla Litchford
Erick McCandless & Antoinette Villani
Kathy McCarthy
Dale & Joy Meyer
Allie Middleton & Newell Eaton
David Munro & Eileen Hoffman
Stewart C. Myers
Bill & Elizabeth Nathan
Bruce Nelson & Mara McErlean
Steve Nissen & Betsy Sandburg
Cary Patak
Henry & Sally Peyrebrune
Nancy Pierson

Lois & Don Porter
John Privitera & Louise Tarantino
Ashok Ramasubramanian
Sandra Rhoades
Charles & Nancy Scholes
Cynthia & Herb Shultz
Margaret Snowden
Hank Stebbins & Val Washington
Ben & Linda Stein
Jim Suozzo & Ann Ellery
Martha Teumim
Richard Thomas

Lonnie & Vanessa Threatte
Ron & Carolyn Tweedie

Josey Twombly
Fred Ulrich
Christine Vaughan
Tim & Maggie Vinciguerra

Claiborne & Elizabeth Walthall
Harry & Connie Wilbur

Sprouts Level

Linus Kieserman

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