5:30pm Patron and Benefactor Reception
6:00pm Cocktails in the Rose Garden
8:00 – 11:30pm Dinner and Dancing
Farm-to-table feast featuring a stunning menu by Brulee Catering’s renowned Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix. Music by the Janis Nowlan Band. Semi-formal, garden party attire.
Moonlight & Roses has helped to build and maintain the Morris Arboretum’s outstanding living collections and unique gardens. Funds raised through the 2013 Moonlight & Roses gala will support all aspects of the Arboretum’s mission, including our expanding education programs.
This year’s Moonlight & Roses honoree is the Arboretum’s esteemed volunteer, Nina Schneider. Nina has been at the Morris Arboretum since 1990 and has participated in a wide variety of projects ranging from the design and maintenance of our garden displays, merchandising for the Gift Shop, organizing the annual Plant sale as well as serving on the Advisory Board of Managers and the Horticultural and Physical Facilities committees. We look forward to honoring Nina’s contributions over so many years.
Benefactors, Patrons and guests with special needs will receive premium parking passes for valet parking at the Widener Visitors Center. All other guests will valet park at the entry kiosk and will be shuttled up by trolleys to the event.
What could be better than a magical night of dining and dancing under the stars, surrounded by the lush beauty of roses in bloom? As a longstanding Arboretum tradition, the Moonlight & Roses Gala, which always takes place in early June, is unsurpassed.
In 2011 we celebrated our 30th anniversary of Moonlight & Roses and 650 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at in the glorious Morris Arboretum Rose Garden and 360 guests stayed for dinner under the moonlit tent.
The lively garden party we now know as Moonlight & Roses has had a colorful evolution. In the early 1970’s, it was dubbed the Spring Fling, and was held on the lawn behind Gates Hall. The late Jane O’Neill was instrumental in the success of the gala in those early days.
In the 1980’s, patrons and contributors donned their garden party attire for the event that was rechristened Moonlight & Roses. The evening traditionally begins with cocktails served in the Rose Garden, while dinner, served by a very professional catering staff, is held in a festive tent atop the hill near the Widener Visitor Center, music and dancing round out the evening of friendly conversation and gourmet dining.
Moonlight & Roses has always provided and intimate setting unique to Philadelphia charity events, and is enjoyed by a capacity crowd each year. While we always order perfect weather for this wonderful evening, not even a passing summer shower can dampen the warm enthusiasm of those in attendance, who simply bring umbrellas so they can still view our fabulous rose garden in full bloom. The Morris Arboretum's annual fundraising gala, Moonlight & Roses, has become a tradition among friends, families, and colleagues in the Delaware Valley.
Moonlight and Roses is The Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala that raises money for the arboretum’s annual operations as well as a designated special project for each year. Some examples of special projects we have helped support include, Historic Preservation, Restoration of the Grist Mill, and creating Out on a Limb – Tree Adventure Exhibit.
The Morris Arboretum would be happy to provide you with more information on the Corporate sponsorship benefits of Moonlight & Roses and the many effective ways to tap into the loyalty and buying power of the over 2,000 households who receive the invitation each year, the 10,000 constituents who subscribe to the Morris Arboretum e-newsletter and the over 200,000 people that visit our website each year.
To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215.247.5777 x418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Corporate Sponsors:
2013 Corporate Patrons:
Bunch & Associates, Inc.
McCarter & English, LLP
The Moses Feldman Family Foundation
Penn Business Services
The Simkiss Companies
Willis of Pennsylvania, Inc.
2013 Corporate Friends: