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June 2, 2015 Kristen Casalenuovo (kcasal@upenn.edu)

Morris Arboretum’s Annual Gala,Moonlight & Roses Presented by The Haverford Trust Company

– A Lovely Evening Under the Stars
PHILADELPHIA – Enjoy a lovely evening under the stars at Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala, Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company on Friday, June 5. Funds raised through this year’s event will help to sustain the mission of Morris Arboretum, from ongoing efforts to restore and maintain the beloved horticultural and architectural features, to growing a diverse array of educational and outreach programs.

This year’s honorees are long-time supporters and friends, Moses (Moe) and Susan Feldman of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Since becoming members in the 1990s, the Feldmans have shown an unwavering commitment to Morris Arboretum and been avid volunteers. Moe joined the Arboretum’s Directors’ Guild in 2005 and became a member of the Campaign Cabinet during the Always Growing Campaign, which concluded in 2012. Currently, Moe is Chair of the Arboretum’s Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of Managers.
Natalie and Ralph Hirshorn, and Elizabeth and Kyle Salata, of Chestnut Hill, are the 2015 gala co-chairs. These two couples have been working tirelessly to ensure an outstanding celebration. The evening will include a new menu featuring a surf and turf dinner created by Bruleé Catering Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, beautiful décor with flowers provided by local florist, Botanical Expressions, and music by the Janis Nowlan Band.
Morris Arboretum is also thrilled to continue a partnership with The Haverford Trust Company that goes back nearly two decades. This year they will serve as the inaugural title sponsor. Founded on Rittenhouse Square more than three decades ago, The Haverford Trust Company is an independent, privately-owned wealth management firm that serves a wide range of individuals and institutional investors. Haverford Trust offers investment management, nonprofit solutions, personal trust and estate services, and retirement planning.

Haverford founder and director–– and emeritus Arboretum Advisory Board member––George W. Connell, remarks that “Moonlight & Roses is a special evening that showcases the Arboretum in a way that few can resist. Haverford is delighted to have supported this mainstay event for so long, and looks forward to its continued support of the Arboretum as it reaches an ever-growing audience in Philadelphia and beyond.”

Registration for Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company is now open and space is limited; reservations are required. Register online at www.MorrisArboretumGala.org, or call 215-247-5777 x418. Guests at the benefactor and patron levels will be invited to attend a VIP reception preceding the event from 5:30-6pm and will receive premium parking.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. The arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also the official arboretum of Pennsylvania. A permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct). Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8pm. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.