Kristen Diesel

Honorary Chairperson

Natasha Pernicka

Executive Director

*General Admission tickets give access to the virtual event on October 14th only

The 10th Annual Harvest Evening Celebration to benefit The Food Pantries for the Capital District is an annual fundraising gala that takes place every October.  This year, Harvest Evening Celebration will feature in-person and virtual activities!  Throughout the month of October, Harvest Evening will feature interactive sessions including wine tasting, beer and cider tasting, a food prep demonstration, wine pull and an online silent auction. In addition, we will host an in-person VIP Reception on October 21st at Franklin Plaza in Troy.  In-person event capacity limited to 200 honorary level tickets and sponsors.

You can support The Food Pantries’ nearly 70 food pantries and the more than 65,000 neighbors in need that were helped in 2020 by participating in this year’s event. Your participation allows us to provide additional support to pantries in the form of increased food delivery and distribution as need increases and the economic effects of the pandemic continue to unfold. It supports our infant needs program, pop-up produce stands in low-access neighborhoods, community outreach, and volunteer programs.

To register,use the link and complete the form provided. If you wish to register as your organization, click the box in the top right corner of the form titled “Register as a Company.” Once you’ve chosen your ticket option and filled all required fields, click “continue” to review your event registration summary. Click “complete registration” to be sent to our payment screen then, when finished, click submit and you’re done! You should receive an email confirming all the information about the event including a reminder of the date and time and a link will be provided.

We require mask use by all unvaccinated guests. In addition, we encourage all guests to wear masks when distancing is impossible. Fully vaccinated guests are encouraged to wear masks at their discretion. 

Title Sponsor CDPHP’s President and CEO,  Dr. John Bennett

Speaks about partnering with The Food Pantries


Title Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Feature Sponsor

Major Sponsor

Community Sponsor



Kristen Diesel


Joyce Bookstein • Ellen Cosgrove and Jeffrey Fahl • David and Candace Weir Foundation


Judith Barlow • Hon. and Mrs. Neil Breslin • Thomas and Maureen Cetrino • Michael Castellana •  Kevin Cleary and Stephanie Sorrentino Creative Materials Corporation • Carole and R. Wayne Diesel • Lorraine Ferguson • Jean M. Fogarty • Lisa A. Freedman and Meg Hughes Pete Gannon • Amanda Goyer • Bill Harris and Holly Katz, in memory of Bruce Sowalski • Kathy Lanni • Ms. Gail Kendall and Mr. David Galletly Drs. Anthony and Nina Marinello • Connie Madigan • William and Gail Meehan • Kirk Pogge • James and Roberta Read • Margie Rector Maximino Rodriguez and Ali Marshall • Jane and Garry Sanders • Terry and Judy Seery • Mary Sullivan ​Jonathan and Lisa Thomson • Congressman Paul Tonko • Stephanie Wacholder and Ira Mendleson III


Nancy and Frank Allen • Lorraine Bailey • Peter Bakal • British American Development Corp. • Deborah and Dave Berkun First Columbia • Crisafulli Bros • Kristen Diesel • Robert and Margie Dorkin • Dr. and Mrs. Steven Fein • Thomas and Darlene Gallagher William Gettman • Jack and Suzanne Halstuch • Peter Koniuto • Daniel and Celine Kredentser • Anita Morin • Mark Harris and Melanie Greenspan • Wonhyung Lee • Maria and John Markovics • Steven and Christina Meier • Terry and Debora Jordan • Sharon and Edward Ondriska Dr. Angela Pearson • Angela Pender-Fox • Natasha Pernicka • Alan and Leizbeth Sanders • Ellen Sax • Mary Sheridan and Tim Farrell Elizabeth and William Simcoe • Angela Warner • Tracey Slupski and Thomas Robert • Larry and Onnolee Smith Starletta Smith and Jamie Crouse • Jack and Susan Sweeney • Carl and Theresa Swidorski • TroyWeb Consulting​ • Kara Williams and Benjamin Else Raymond and Lisa Witkowski • Jerri Young • Silhouette Optical, LTD

Photos from the 2019 Harvest Evening Celebration