Supporting Their Passions: Gail and Tony Cashen
When Tony and Gail Cashen married in 1972, they pooled their resources and their families, bringing three children each to their new partnership. A few years later when Tony, an executive search consultant, acquired his uncle’s Austerlitz dairy farm, he gladly resettled his family amid the rolling countryside of his upstate NY childhood home. Over the years, the Cashens have populated the old dairy farm with a few horses, including Belgian draft horses, a herd of llamas, Scottish Highland cattle (that’s Freddy the bull in the photo), dogs, cats, and a herd of Black Angus which come for the summer to pasture.
“We’ve always supported our farming community and other local nonprofits,” says Gail, who believes that without local agriculture our regional landscapes would be diminished.
“When we heard about Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, we decided to create a fund that would afford us the flexibility and convenience we needed for our charitable giving. With their investment expertise we accomplished a wide variety of good work, including support for the Columbia Land Conservancy, Equity Trust, and the Hawthorne Valley Farm as well as other non-agricultural activities.”