Join CLC and supporters for an evening celebrating This Place We Call Home.
The celebration features tributes to conservation heroes Judy Grunberg, Lindsey Lusher Schute, and Wendy Power Spielmann. Attendees will dine on delicious local food from The Farmer’s Wife – featuring products from CLC-protected farms – and have the chance to support CLC through a live auction and funding specific program needs.
Please consider making an additional donation to cover the 3% credit card processing fee CLC is charged by our vendor. 

About Our Honorees

Judy Grunberg: Judy has been a major supporter of CLC for more than 20 years, and served on our Board from 2003 to 2011. Judy stepped in on several occasions to acquire land with significant conservation value when it came on the market to hold it until a long-term conservation option could be found.  She has been single-handedly responsible for the conservation of almost 2,000 acres of Columbia County land, including 1,300 acres of recently created State forest lands.  

Judy’s primary passion is PS21 (Performance Space for the 21st Century), a major performing arts venue of which she is the founder and Board Chair.  After ten years in a seasonal tent at their property north of Chatham Village, PS21 opened a spectacular new permanent year-round venue last year.  She is enormously active in the community, having served on the boards of the Chatham Film Club, Columbia-Greene Hospital Foundation, WAMC, and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Her generosity for the institutions and people of the community has been without measure. She also owns the Blue Plate, Chatham’s long-standing go-to dinning spot on the traffic circle. Judy is an artist, working in photography and fabrics, among other things.  She’s lived in the county for 50 years.

Lindsey Lusher Shute: Lindsey is the CEO of Farm Generations Cooperative and co-owner of Hearty Roots Community Farm in Livingston.  Prior to launching Farm Generations, Lindsey co-founded and served as Executive Director for ten years of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which advocates for and supports young farmers. Founded right here in the upper Hudson Valley, NYFC has developed into a nationwide network with 40 chapters in 39 states and a grassroots base of more than 120,000. It has been a major voice for the interests and needs of a new generation of farmers committed to sustainable practices and a family farm scale, advocating for affordable access to land, fair labor practices, training and financing opportunities, and diversity and equity.  Lindsey has been instrumental in articulating the need to amend the traditional conservation easement tool to include provisions designed to insure that conserved farmland remain in active agricultural use. CLC has collaborated with NYFC in recent years to accomplish this objective by urging New York State to enhance its farmland protection grant program to cover the additional cost of such provisions.

Wendy Power Spielmann:  Wendy is being honored for almost 25 years of dedicated service as a CLC volunteer.  Wendy and her husband Gary Spielmann have been loyal members of the CLC family since 1995.  They are both avid and knowledgeable outdoors people, who particularly value CLC’s public lands. Wendy, who served on CLC’s Board of Trustees for more than a decade, is a person who believes in and enjoys contributing to her community, and from the first she dived in as an active volunteer.  In the intervening decades, she has been a regular monitor at Ooms Conservation Area, which she particularly loves.  She has contributed time and labor at all of our properties –  doing trail maintenance and replacing trail markers, removing trash, pulling up invasive water chestnuts at Meizinger Lake at Hand Hollow, and monitoring bird boxes with our more recent and more intentional bird habitat work.  Wendy served as a regular volunteer staff member at our annual Shad Bake/Country Barbecues, performing any number of tasks. She is a cheerful and tireless worker, and all along the way, a cheerful and tireless advocate for CLC and for the importance of our work to care for and connect people to the beautiful fragile world we live in. Wendy served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years from 1996 until 2011, including a long stint as Vice Chair. She was an active participant in one of our most impactful strategic planning efforts. She has been and remains a tremendous ambassador in the community for CLC and for conservation.

About Our Impact Auction

We will be offering opportunities to directly support CLC’s work through making gifts in support of programs. 

Event Co-Chairs

  • Cathy Franklin and Jeffrey Baker
  • Steve and Laura Corsun
  • Mark and Ellen Levy
  • Michael and Barbara Polemis
  • Peter Reed and Alden Warner

Board of Trustees

  • Mark A. Levy, Chair
  • Chris C. Cashen, Vice Chair
  • Seth Masters, Treasurer
  • Joan Snyder, Secretary
  • Robin Andrews
  • Paul Burfeind
  • Sara Cashen
  • Steve Corsun
  • Tim Kennelty
  • David Newman
  • Bruce Pinkernell MD
  • Michael Polemis
  • Karen Coy Ross
  • Will Yandik

Host Committee

  • Brooke Allen
  • Amy and Bradford Barr
  • Breathe Deep Farm
  • Burfeind & Sons Contracting
  • Sara Cashen and Tony Muoser
  • Joan Davidson
  • Laurel Durst and Edward Strong
  • Julie Fenster
  • Josephine Lea Iselin
  • Houlihan Lawrence, Inc.
  • Debbie and Michael Irwin
  • Meredith Kane
  • Tim Kennelty and Harris Spylios
  • Susan and Ken Kramer
  • Jonathan Lerner
  • David Newman and Stephanie Lazar
  • Peter and Charlene Paden
  • Douglas and Pamela Paul
  • Bruce Pinkernell and Maureen Killackey
  • David and Susan Rockefeller
  • Karen and Jeffrey Ross
  • Jami Rubin and Eric Reiff
  • Dara and William Schreiber
  • Veillette-Nifosi Foundation, Inc.
  • Adele and George Wailand
  • Kathy and Allan Weiser
  • Amy K. White

The Host Committee is still in formation. For more information about joining the Host Committee, contact Craig Westcott at 518.392.5252, ext. 222 or

Thank to you the following businesses:

  • Chatham Brewing LLC
  • Chatham Flowers & Gifts
  • Davistudio Fine Porcelain
  • The Farmer’s Wife
  • Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery
  • Hillrock Estate Distillery
  • Hudson-Chatham Winery
  • Hudson Hall
  • Hudson Wine Merchants
  • Park Row Gallery
  • Sloop Brewing Co.
  • Tema Stauffer