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JC Raulston Arboretum to host "Summer Solstice Celebration"

January 30, 2008

Media Contacts: Helen Yoest, media coordinator: 919-781-0199 or; Barbara Kennedy, JC Raulston Arboretum: 919-513-7004 or

On the evening of June 21, 2008, the longest day of the year, friends will gather friends to host a party -- many parties -- across the state to celebrate the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.

The Summer Solstice Celebration can be any party of the host's choosing. Hosts invite their friends to a party at their home asking for a donation to the arboretum at a set amount determined by the host. A tax-deductible in-kind donation will be given to the hosts for their expenses. Their guests also will receive a tax deduction for their donations.

"For one night, we hope to have more than 50 parties across the state," said Dr. Dennis Werner, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. "The Summer Solstice Celebration will enable us to draw attention to and raise money for the arboretum, a nationally acclaimed garden that is certainly one of the state's gems."

Proceeds from this one-night event will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of N.C. State University. Half of the money raised will go to the JC Raulston Endowment for Excellence and half will go to implementing the arboretum's new master plan.

To host a party, contact Barbara Kennedy at 919-513-7004 or For more information about the JC Raulston Arboretum please visit


Posted by Suzanne at January 30, 2008 08:44 AM