The Morton Arboretum will host its annual fundraising gala Evergreen, on Saturday, September 28, to support the institution’s mission to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. The event will be emceed by Peter Sagal, host of NPR radio show “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” as attendees enjoy fine fare from Blue Plate and dance to live music from the Sam Fazio Quartet.
Trees are critical to people’s lives, communities and the environment. Evergreen advances the Arboretum’s leading-edge science, benefitting trees locally and globally as they face increased threats. Evergreen supports the organization’s enduring impact and contributes to the preservation of the Arboretum’s beauty and value for generations to come. In 2018, the event welcomed 400 guests and raised a record $500,000 in funds for tree-focused research, outreach and programs.
The 2019 gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner. Guests will enjoy live music and dancing and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Arboretum. During the event, guests can enter to win drawing prizes, including diamond and pearl earrings courtesy of A. Marek Fine Jewelry, a Blue Plate catered dinner for 10, and a special Arboretum tribute tree. The gala will also feature a variety of live and silent auction prizes, including Glamping at the Arboretum, Slumber with the Trolls and Light Up Your Night—a private Illumination party.
"Evergreen supports the fundamental goal of the Arboretum—to plant and protect trees," said Christopher Burke, chairman of The Morton Arboretum Board of Trustees. "Trees are essential to people and for healthy, livable communities."
The 2019 Evergreen Host Committee is led by 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.
Tickets are $500 per person, and sponsorships begin at $7,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call The Morton Arboretum Development Office at 630-725-2027.