Gala in the Garden
Don’t be late for a very important date!
May 2, 2010 (Sunday) – 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Please join us for a "Gala in Wonderland!"
Escape to Wonderland for an afternoon of magical delights and merriment. Stroll around the gardens, perusing all the dazzling botanical and non-botanical silent auction items.
The Gala is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Wonderland of gardens and entertain family, friends, and business associates, all while sipping on a cool drink and sampling gourmet treats. It is sure to be an afternoon of whimsy and great fun to delight the senses; a Raleigh garden party like no other!
Online registration (closed), provided by NC State Alumni Association's alumniconnections.com Web site, is open for the 2010 Gala in the Garden. Place your online registration by April 24, 2010. If you wish to mail your registration, please print the RSVP form and mail it to: JC Raulston Arboretum Gala in the Garden, NC State University, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522.
Sponsors are vitally important for the success of the Gala in the Garden. This is the Arboretum’s main fund-raising event of the year, and the proceeds directly support its daily operations of teaching, research, and public garden displays. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to become 2010 Sponsor. The brochure describes all sponsorship levels and benefits—including the Early Bird Special for those who respond by March 15, 2010. (March 15 is also the deadline for sponsor listing on the Gala invitation.)
The Gala in the Garden provides a distinctive opportunity to entertain your family, friends, and business associates, while strolling around the gardens and discovering all
the dazzling auction items. You can also enjoy the hospitality tent that is exclusively for Gala Sponsors and their guests. The Gala will wind up with a delicious dessert social and brief program in the York Auditorium at the Arboretum's McSwain Education Center.
Sponsors (as of April 26, 2010)
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association
Bayer Advanced, LLC
Pender Nursery – Kathy and Jim Deal
A. E. Finley Foundation
NC Farm Bureau Federation
Bell Family Foundation
Ted and Linda Bilderback
Debbie Hamrick and Ed Gaines
Nina and Jerry Jackson
Taylor's Nursery, Inc.
Bobby G. Wilder
Dorothy and Bill Burns
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Fair Products, Inc.
The Hamlin Companies
Melda and Bill Lamm (Retired, Extension Services)
Robert E. Lyons
Anne M. Porter
Redwine Plantscapes – Sylvia Redwine
Kathy and Wade Reece
RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)
Sampson Nursery, Inc.
Anthea and Russell Tate
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
Wakefield Nursery & Landscaping – Tommy Massey
Bobby Ward and Roy Dicks
Dennis and Georgina Werner
Laura C. Willer and David L. Huffstetler
Wyatt Quarles Seed Company
Jackie and Johnny Wynne
Rosemary and Smedes York
Big Branch Nursery – Alan Webb
A very special feature of the Gala in the Garden is the extraordinary silent auction. Featuring an eclectic array of unique plants and many other distinctive non-botanical items, the retail value of the auction exceeds $40,000!
The auction is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your business or special talent, since more than 500 guests will spend the afternoon perusing and bidding on all these items. If you wish to donate an item or gift certificate, please complete the Auction Solicitation Form and bring it by the JCRA, or contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Your auction item is considered a tax-deductible "in-kind" gift.
The Gala Planning Committee members are busy planning a Gala in Wonderland like no other garden party in Raleigh! Our sincere thanks and appreciation to this dedicated and very talented group of volunteers!
Nina and Jerry Jackson
Ann and Bill Duke
Frank Liggett, IV
Kathy Myers Reece
Sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Cost: $60.00 ($20.00 is tax deductible).
Registration: Online registration, provided by NC State Alumni Association's alumniconnections.com Web site, is open for the 2010 Gala in the Garden. Place your online registration by April 24, 2010. If you wish to mail your registration, please print the RSVP form and mail it to: JC Raulston Arboretum Gala in the Garden, NC State University, Campus Box 7522, Raleigh, NC 27695-7522.
Location: JC Raulston Arboretum.
Directions: Need directions? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 513-3826 for more information about this event.