Thank you to all those who supported our “Greater the Need for Nature, the Greater the Need for the Trail Conference" Annual Gala 

October 25, 2022
Jennifer Zack, Charitable Gifts and Events Manager
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Thank you to all those who supported our “Greater the Need for Nature, the Greater the Need for the Trail Conference" Annual Gala 


We are deeply grateful to the wonderful Trail Conference community for an energetic presence and amazing generosity at this year’s Annual Gala. 

More than 150 of us came together in celebration and support of the Trail Conference. The spirit of preservation was tangible as we celebrated extraordinary Trail Families, who help safeguard our trails, so future generations may bond with nature, learn to value it—and pass their environmental values on to the next generation.

We are incredibly humbled by your support. Our work wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you for making the evening a memorable one. 

We would especially like to thank our honorees: The DeSilva and Gunzler families who are shining examples of the incredible impact our Trail Family has on protecting the integrity and accessibility of our natural areas.  

Honoree Rick DeSilva Jr. shared why his family supports the Trail Conference, and his words really hit home…” directing funding to the Trail Conference as we do is the easy part…it’s the people wearing the boots on the ground that turn that funding into action. I want to thank the Trail Conference's staff, Board of Directors, and especially the volunteers, on behalf of myself and my family, for doing what you do every day to preserve the New Jersey that I grew up in (Mahwah, NJ). Your work is important, and we appreciate you all.”  


Thank you to the local businesses, Hudson North Cider Co, Industrial Arts, Athletic Brewing, Secor Farms, and Merrell who donated beverages, services, and decorations – they really made the evening look, feel and taste wonderful. A special shoutout to Ryan Windess of Windess Film for donating talent for the production of our visual programing.


We would also like to thank the Events Committee and Board of Directors: Susan Barbuto, Carol Ann Benton, Barbara Evans, David Felsenthal, Charles Gadol, Andy Garrison, Kalyan “Kal” Ghosh, David Haas, John Magerlein, Sreeni Nair, Ken Posner, Beth Ravit, Mary Ann Villari, Edward B. Whitney and Patsy Wooters. 

Thank you to all who donated amazing auction items! Our auction is a great, fun way to give back -  there is still time to place your bid at .