Honoree Spotlight – Rich Rowley & Marianne Murray


Rich and Marianne
Rich Rowley & Marianne Murray

Rich Rowley and Marianne Murray are truly committed to making the Hudson Valley a better place to live, work and raise a family. Their tremendous support of local organizations has impacted the lives of thousands of children and adults throughout the region.


Marianne is the founder of Carve for a Cause, an organization that celebrates the fall bounty of the region and raises funds and awareness for local and diverse not-for-profit initiatives. Since inception in 1999, Carve for a Cause has distributed over $300,000 to nonprofits helping meet critical unmet needs for families and children. Each fall, this annual event brings together over 450 people for a day of good old-fashioned family fun – all while giving back to the community.


Rich’s leadership continues to leave a lasting legacy on the community in many ways including establishment of the Middletown High School Academy of Finance program and scholarship and development of the Orange Open Golf Tournament which benefits the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. Most recently, Rich served as the chair of the “Defining Moments” campaign at SUNY Orange, which raised $25.1 million to enhance and expand the Middletown and Newburgh community college campuses.


Together, Rich, Marianne and the Rowley family have immersed themselves in civic and community initiatives. Their loyal support and willingness to lend a hand to a variety of worthy projects has made a true difference in our community, now and forever.