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Tonight's Menu

Melon | Cucumber | Mizuna | Basil Quinoa | Cherry Tomatoes | Balsamic Pearls

Raimat Albariño, Costers del Segre, Spain

Butternut Squash Risotto | Baby Squash | Pumpkin Seed & Parsley Granola | Broken Truffle Butter

Saget La Petite Perriere Pinot Noir, Loire, France

Chocolate Mousse | Almond Crèmeux | Caramel Sauce

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Fund-A-Need Focus: Food As Medicine

The Fund-A-Need portion of our evening provides you with the opportunity to learn more about key programs and allows you to invest in and help fund vital services for patients who rely on us for their health care. Access to complete, quality health care services is critical for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, and achieving health equity for all within our communities. This complete person-centered support includes addressing our patients basic need for nourishment and guidance in making sound nutritional choices.

What we choose to eat has profound effects on our overall health. Research shows that dietary habits influence disease risk. Affordable access to healthy food is critical not just to preventing and treating diet-related health conditions, but also to building thriving communities, strong local economies, and sustainable food systems.

Sun River Health partners with many community organizations to ensure patients have access to healthy food. Support for the “Food As Medicine” fund will help provide direct food distribution as well as nutrition counseling services to assist in management of our patient’s health needs.

Further funding would enable us to expand these programs and better serve the community. Your support ensures that our patients and families continue to have access to the vital food and nutrition services they need and deserve.

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Help us provide nutrition services and healthy options to those in our communities facing food insecurity.

Tonight’s Honorees


Crist Brothers Orchards

Crist Brothers Orchards is a fifth generation family farm located in Walden, NY. Starting as a general farm in 1883, the farm transitioned to its current focus on apples in 1927. In 1976 Jeffrey Crist joined the family business and “Crist Bros. Orchards, Inc.” was formed. After marrying Joy, the fourth generation continued to seek out ways to improve. Jeff pursued test trials with Cornell and the Hudson Valley Laboratory to improve integrated pest management and horticultural practices while Joy led efforts to modernize as manager of the office and packinghouse. In keeping with the improvement and innovation theme, Jeff is a founding member of a New York grower cooperative, Crunch Time Apple Growers, who purchased the intellectual property rights of two amazing new apple varieties (SnapDragon and RubyFrost) from Cornell University.

Currently, the farm operates 750 acres of orchards, producing around 600,000 bushel per year, with approximately 80 people employed year-round - that number increases to about 200 employees during the harvest season. Crist Brothers grows premium varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, and Pink Lady which are distributed in major grocery stores throughout the Northeastern United States. In 2015, the Crist's began a partnership with Angry Orchard, a leader in development and production of hard cider across the United States and beyond. Crist Brothers maintains the orchards for their flagship tasting house in Walden.

The fifth generation began full time farming in 2010 when Jenny Crist Kohn began managing payroll and all financial records, as well as utilizing her Spanish daily to supervise orchard operations. Joel Crist, who joined full time in 2015, now manages daily packinghouse and growing operations. Jenny and Joel are the key to the farm viability now and into the future, planning every step in innovation and automation for the best apples in the world. The Crist family depend on and appreciate their amazing staff of dedicated and smart individuals, who continue to help the Crists incorporate new technology into the art of growing superb apples, while maintaining their leadership in the industry. The Crist Family would like to express their sincere thanks to their team.


Michael Taubin

Partner at Nixon Peabody

Michael J. Taubin is a partner and former leader of the Health Care practice group at Nixon Peabody.  He represents the continuum of health care providers from federally qualified health centers to hospitals to medical groups and management companies servicing those providers.  Michael is also at the forefront of private equity investment in the health care sector and Medicaid reform.

The primary focus of his practice is representing federally qualified health care centers, health care facilities and medical groups as they implement their integration, expansion and realignment strategies as a result of changes in the marketplace and health care regulatory reform.

Michael was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the field of Health Care Law.  Michael has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2014. He has been recognized for his exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of health care in New York Super Lawyers, and has also been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 editorial for Industry focus–Health Care: Service Providers.

Michael resides in the Upper East Side with his wife Robin and devotes much of his free time with his family, especially his  6-year old twin grandsons.


Erin Ward


We are so happy to welcome celebrity benefit auctioneer, Erin Ward to emcee this year’s Cornucopia gala and lead our Fund-A-Need. Erin is a New York State Champion Auctioneer and an activist for world inclusivity. This famous third-generation auctioneer is known for producing record fundraising results and has raised millions for non-profits globally. A Long Island resident who began her career in the nonprofit world, Erin realized she could combine the two career paths – philanthropy and auctioneering – a light bulb went off. She had found her calling and true career path – being able to use fundraising and auctioneering skills to help nonprofits raise money for worthy causes really spoke to her sense of purpose. She immediately signed up for auctioneering school, and the rest is history!

When Erin created Star Benefit Auctions 15 years ago, there were only somewhere between 5-10 other fundraising auction companies in existence. Star Benefit Auctions is the first ever Woman owned and operated Fundraising Auction Company in New York City. Erin’s goal was to work together to bring guest awareness to an organization while raising money in a happy, easy way while making guests feel excited.

Start Benefit Auctions was born to make the nonprofit the Star of its gala, to make the cause and the donors shine and to allow the non-profit to dream of a world-changing becoming a fundable reality. Erin wanted to create a company that a development team could trust with their perfect moment and help it shine. Like us, she believes that donors are important and connecting with more donors means long-term success. It means making guests feel great is the best part of a gala. Events are made to bring a community together for the greater good of humankind. Guests come together for 1 reason...they believe in your mission. Erin and Star Benefit Auctions are excited to help make the most of each moment at tonight’s event.

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In the early 1970s, four African American women looked out at their community and witnessed a lack of affordable, quality health care. They decided to do something about it. With seed money from a small federal grant, the first Hudson River Health Care center was born in 1975.

Just as the sun and water are essential for life, people in our communities can count on Sun River Health to access the high-quality, affordable care they need to be well and live a full, healthy life.

Today, we celebrate what was once a single community health center, and is now a network of 43 health centers, serving more than 245,000 patients throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.