Monday, May 29th, 2017

The Holden Arboretum “Illumination at Woodland Twilight”


The Holden Arboretum celebrated the 30th anniversary of its annual summer benefit with this year’s theme — Illumination at Woodland Twilight.

Benefit chairmen Mary and Tom Anderson greeted the 510 guests arriving to stroll the gardens, bid on the silent auction and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from The Driftwood Restaurant Group. Owner Chef Chris Hodgson not only prepared the entrees for the family-style dinner but also had his Hodge Podge Food Truck serving up more great food for the after party, a new addition this year. A special “Betty Boop” cocktail was created to honor Betty Farenchak for her creative contributions to the Arboretum for more than 15 years.

Committee members Carolyn Blackwell and Pat Gedeon masterminded the tent decorations featuring lanterns on the tables covered in vivid orange, green and fuchsia cloths, the colors repeated in bunches of paper lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Arboretum President and CEO Dr. Clem Hamilton recognized the elected officials present and thanked the committee and staff for organizing the great evening expected to raise $130,000. Scott Mihalic conducted the live auction that included pledges of funds for landscape improvements to Lantern Court, the Georgian Colonial home built in the 1930s by Maud and Warren H. Corning featuring gardens originally planned by Mr. Corning and landscape architect Donald Gray.

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE

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