675 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at Moonlight & Roses in the glorious Morris Arboretum Rose Garden on a splendid summer evening on Friday, June 11th. 480 guests stayed for dinner, either under the Rose tent, where they danced the night away to the lively sounds of Jellyroll, or under the quieter Moonlight tent where they enjoyed the ambiance of conversation and conviviality.
Revenue from the event was $187,000. This year, proceeds raised from Moonlight & Roses will support the Arboretum’s operating budget and its Summer Concert series, a favorite among garden and music lovers alike. This year’s concert line-up includes four Thursday nights: two jazz concerts in July presented by WRTI 91FM, and two XPN Kids Corner concerts in August presented by University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN 88.5FM.
The honorees of Moonlight & Roses were Bonnie and Peter McCausland. Both Peter and Bonnie have dedicated years of service to the Arboretum as former members of the Advisory Board of Directors, as current members of the Directors’ Guild, as donors and as friends of the Arboretum. Most recently, they have become one of the Arboretum’s newest neighbors as well as partners in preserving the region’s open spaces through their purchase of Erdenheim Farm. Barrett Stewart and Lisa Walker were this year’s Moonlight & Roses co-chairs who worked tirelessly with committee members to make this year’s Moonlight & Roses a success by all measures.
(Left to right)Barrett Stewart joined Peter and Bonnie McCausland, Paul Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Director of the Morris Arboretum, and his wife Debbie Rodgers and Lisa Walker as they welcomed guests to the event. Photo Credit: Susan Scovill
(From left) Nancy Evans, Jon Crane, Susan Crane and Ralph and Natalie Hirshorn were pictured at the event. Photo Credit: Susan Scovill
(From left) Lisa Walker and Barrett Stewart, this year’s Morris Arboretum Moonlight & Roses co-chairs. Photo Credit: Annie Hosfeld