October 3, 2019
On September 28, The Morton Arboretum welcomed 330 guests to the Evergreen fundraising gala in support of the institution’s mission to plant and protect trees locally, regionally and globally. Peter Sagal, host of the NPR radio show “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”, emceed the event that raised $477,000.
Evergreen advances the Arboretum’s leading-edge science, benefiting trees as they face increased threats. The event also supports preservation of the Arboretum’s 1,700 acres, which encompass world-renowned tree collections and a restored 100-acre prairie.
Guests were welcomed to the Arboretum for a festive fall evening that included live music by the Sam Fazio Quartet and fare by Blue Plate. Raffle prizes included diamond and pearl earrings courtesy of A. Marek Fine Jewelry, a Blue Plate catered dinner for 10 and an Arboretum tribute tree. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on several live and silent auction prizes, including Glamping at the Arboretum, Slumber with the Trolls and a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience.
The 2019 Evergreen Host Committee included Darcy and Mark Adams of Oak Park, Susan and Chris Burke of Naperville, Trisha and John Conley of Wheaton, Sterling and Zech Decker of St. Charles, Angela and Jim Jensen of LaGrange, Liz and Steve Van Arsdell of Naperville and Oriana and Adam Van Someren of Naperville.