LISLE, IL (March 11, 2013) – Climb a tree and watch professional arborist demonstrations at "Looking Up," The Morton Arboretum's Annual Dinner Party held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6 p.m.
During cocktails in Arbor Court, the Arboretum's champion tree climbers will draw guests' attention skyward as they show what it takes to care for the collections hundreds of feet from the ground. Guests will have an opportunity to get into the action as well. EarthJoy Tree Climbing will be on hand to support interested guests in their own tree climbing adventure.
Following cocktail hour, a formal dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. in the scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and Orientation Hall. Guests can then join the After Party in our Sycamore Room.
"This year's event literally takes things to a whole new level," says Amy Louis, Dinner Party Chair. "We are inviting guests to think about trees in a new way, and even from new heights. We hope to give our guests a fresh appreciation for our trees and the work of the Arboretum. 'Looking Up' will be the premier social engagement for the western suburbs this season."
The cost of the event is $350 per ticket. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $3,500, $5,000 and $10,000 per table of ten. All "Looking Up" proceeds support the Arboretum's mission to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. RSVP by May 3, 2013 to The Morton Arboretum Development Office at 630-725-2027. Cocktail attire is appropriate for this function.
The "Looking Up" raffle drawing is $20 per ticket or $100 for six tickets. Prizes include a catered dinner for ten at the Arboretum, a Majestic Arboretum Tribute Tree, an Arboretum all-access package for two, a private event held in the Children's Garden and tickets to an Arboretum and Chicago Symphony Orchestra experience.
The 2013 Dinner Party committee is chaired by Amy Louis of Hinsdale, and co-chaired by Valencia Ray-Jackson and Darrell Jackson of Naperville. Committee members include Mary Ann Anderson of Lisle, Anna Ball of Glen Ellyn, Sandy Becky of Wheaton, Ann Grube of Hinsdale, Fanee Haleas of Hinsdale, Carol Hancock of Wayne, Iris Hannon of Naperville, Chris Immelman of Lisle, Sally Porter of Hinsdale, Sherry Reum of Wayne and Catherine Slark of Burr Ridge.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Throughout natural landscapes are specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Other offerings include tree-focused events, activities and services for adults, children, professionals and communities. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves 34,000 member households. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at www.mortonarb.org.