This year’s fundraising event, “An Evening of Garden Delights,” was held on Sunday August 19th at the Garden. We had the pleasure of holding the event on our new event lawn funded by the EQT Foundation with the weather in perfect form, making for a lovely summer celebration! Nick Fiasco entertained us with the classic swinging songs of the Sinatra era that immediately got the crowd
moving to the beat. Sargasso, one of Morgantown’s finest, did not disappoint the crowd with their delectable menu and wine pairings. Specialty café Tutto Gelato provided our favorite gelato flavors throughout the day. Who says you can’t have dessert first!
This year we had local floral artists Aaron Sears, Trellis Smith, Jason Savage, and our director, Bill Mills join in on the fun of “wearing flowers in your hair” by designing exquisite headdresses that were modeled by our student volunteers. Needless to say, it was the highlight of the day, and many had fun trying on their favorite headdress for a photo op!

The live and silent auction items this year were so unique and varied including items handmade by local artisans, fun adventure trips, getaways, intimate dinners, specialty baskets and more. Once again, Aaron Sears, our decorations chair, did an outstanding job mesmerizing us with the exotic and beautiful bird of paradise centerpieces and floral decorations throughout.

We had our best success to date this year making $27,000 in profits which will help the ongoing progress of the Garden! We send out special thanks to our committee members, sponsors, board members, volunteers, auction donors, and those who attended. You all help to make our garden grow!

 

by Victoria Cather, Event Co-coordinator

originally published in our Winter 2018 newsletter

Lisa Bridges shows off an extravagant headdress and commemorative glass at the event.

Photo by Victoria Cather.

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