Join us Oct. 30 at Tappan Hill

Our biggest annual fundraiser of the year is coming in October! All are welcome for a festive, pre-Halloween, evening of food, drink, music, literary camaraderie, and celebration. Stay tuned for more info on how to volunteer, donate, and participate. We are grateful for your support.



Ways to participate in our gala

make a
monetary DONATION

Check off “gala” when you contribute if you’d like your funds to go into our gala fundraising efforts.

Shop Gala

Click here to review the large list of special custom bundles – loaded with restaurant gift certificates, retail, art, and experiences – available for sale at our silent auction Friday night. (And check back for post-gala super-sales!).

become a

We welcome sponsorships at various levels with the benefits of exposure in our newsletters, on our website, and at the gala itself in a printed program and digital slideshow. 


Reserve your seat now for our biggest party of the year. Tickets available per table, per person, and with deeply discounted rates for HVWC students/instructors.

In 2019, we honored


Dr. Jeremy C. Kohomban is the President and CEO of The Children’s Village and the President of Harlem Dowling. The Children’s Village, founded in 1851, and Harlem Dowling, founded in 1831, provide a broad continuum of residential and community-embedded programs, serving 15,000 children and families each year. Dr. Kohomban is an author, sometimes an activist, and always a pragmatic leader. He is widely recognized as a leader in his field and is driven by the belief that every child, regardless of age, deserves a family, and he is outspoken in his recognition of the social justice antecedents that drive child welfare and juvenile justice. Under his leadership, The Children’s Village, the nation’s oldest and once the largest children’s residential treatment center, has been transformed into a national model for community-embedded family support.


Alan C. Brown, MD is a retired after a 30 plus year career doing eye surgery and general ophthalmology in Manhattan. He is an amateur wood worker and avid bicyclist. Alan serves on the HVWC Board as well as the board of Loose Cannons Inc., a non profit that focuses on securing reparations for Vietnamese children that suffer from Agent Orange exposure. Marion Brown, a life-long resident of New York State, lives with her husband, Alan, in Yonkers.  She earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Marion taught at Adelphi University and Rutgers, Newark, worked on Wall Street, and volunteered for ten years as a Westchester Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She has published two poetry chapbooks, received the Portico Prize in poetry, and has had her work published in numerous poetry reviews. She serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, the HVWC’s Program Committee, and the National Council of Graywolf Press.



Margo Stever  is the founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and the founding editor of Slapering Hol Press. She is the author of six poetry collections. In 2019, her chapbook Cracked Piano was published by CavanKerry Press and Ghost Moose was published by Kattywompus Press. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She co-authored Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia and created a traveling exhibition of “Looking East” photographs.

The venue 

Tappan Hill Mansion is located on the former estate of Mark Twain in the scenic Hudson Valley. Just 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan, the Mansion is easily accessible from the entire tri-state area. Nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson, this stunning stone structure features luxurious rooms and garden terraces. Dinner, appetizers and cocktails served by the incomparable Abigail Kirsch Catering.


Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors 

Slapering Hol Press
Edge on Hudson
Joel Isaacson
Rey Insurance
Manhattanville MFA
Benchmark / Smart Source
Swamp Press
WOW Productions
Hudson River Healthcare
Ace Landscaping & the Green Scene
YMCA of the Tarrytowns
Teatown Reservation
Houlihan Lawrence / Andrea Martone
Morgan Stanley / Lisa Santo
Baskin Robbins / Angelina Mak
Allan Block Insurance