The Founders Award

Saturday, March 30, 2019
5:30 – 8 p.m.

at Martha Clara Vineyards
6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901

This year the Founders Award Reception will include ample seating with appetizers, dinner and dessert along with a one-time performance by the Narrow River Singers conducted by our guest of honor, Margaret Cowden.

FA19 GIFT BASKETWe will also be selling raffles at arm’s length, so be prepared to join the fun and take a chance to win gift cards to local venues. Baskets are hand crafted by NFWFWF artisans. Half of the proceeds raised from the raffle will benefit the Anne MacKay Scholarship Fund, the other half will benefit NFWFWF’s General Fund. Cash is king, but credit cards and checks are also gladly accepted.


  • General Admission Tickets are $40 per person till March 29th and include one glass of wine, appetizers, dinner and dessert. Tickets will only be available at the door any time on Saturday, March 30, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday General Admission tickets are $50 per person.

  • Sponsorship Tickets are $100 per person and will include one glass of wine, one bottle of wine, dinner and our sincere gratitude.

Please note that Martha Clara Vineyards prohibits wine bottles being opened at the event. Bottles of wine for sponsors will be held at the door for pickup upon exit.

  • All tickets will be held at the door.

  • Same-day tickets are $50 per person and are only available at the door.

Margaret CowdenThe Founders Award is given each year to a woman who has made a difference in the North Fork Women for Women Fund organization, and in the lives of those in our community. This year, NFWFWF is pleased to honor the accomplishments of Margaret Cowden.

Margaret is an ordained American Baptist minister, who retired in 2007 after 35 years of ministry. She was a pastor in Goleta, California and Boulder, Colorado, before moving east to work on the national staff for the American Baptist denomination for the remainder of her career. Her years on the pension and health plan board for American Baptists included serving as the first director of their Women in Ministry Project — a program of support and advocacy for women she founded in 1982, at a time when women clergy were a small minority of pastors in the denomination. The program continues almost four decades later.

Later, her role as Treasurer of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies led to her work with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, an organization that works to leverage the endowments and pension funds of faith groups to invest funds in more socially responsible ways. Her involvement included serving on and chairing its board. Upon her retirement, she continued to serve on their board, as well as on the board of Church World Service, an interfaith organization focused on refugee resettlement and disaster relief. She was a founding board member of the Isaiah Fund, an organization created to assist faith-based organizations in their rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Margaret first came to the North Fork in 1986 as a weekender. She served on the NFWFWF board from 1994 to 1997, including serving as Secretary for some of that time. Her other involvements on the North Fork included serving on the Animal Welfare League. However, her proudest involvement was directing the Narrow River Singers for its 20 year history. She also had the pleasure of playing with the Recorder Orchestra of New York for nine years, under the direction of Patsy Rogers.

When New York State passed same-sex marriage, Margaret was delighted to officiate at the weddings of many of her lesbian and gay friends on the North Fork. In 2013 she married Chris Larkin, her partner since 1996. In retirement, they thoroughly enjoy living in Greenport with their adorable Chihuahua, Coco.

NFWFWF would like to thank our generous sponsors

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If you would like transport to or from the event, or, if the price is not in your budget, please contact us to arrange accommodations for your situation. We want you to come!