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Moonlight and Roses Gala

Moonlight & Roses
presented by The Haverford Trust Company

June 3, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company. We had a fantastic evening and look forward to seeing you next year! Save the date – June 2, 2017. Click here to see photos from the gala.

Event Details

What could be better than a magical night of dining and dancing under the stars, surrounded by the lush beauty of roses in bloom?

Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company is the Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising event to support all aspects of the Arboretum’s mission. The evening begins with cocktails in our stunning Rose Garden at the peak of its bloom. Dinner follows underneath of a clear-top tent with a live band, dancing and open bar.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening for Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company on Friday, June 3, 2016. The evening begins with cocktails from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., followed by dinner underneath of a clear-top tent with a live band, dancing and open bar. The event concludes at 11 p.m. and is rain or shine.

Guests joining us as Benefactors or Patrons are invited to attend a VIP reception from 5:30 – 6 p.m. and will receive premium parking at the top of the hill that evening.

If you have any questions regarding the gala, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215-247-5777 x418 or

Join us for the 34th annual Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company Gala to be held on June 3, 2016 from 6:00 – 11:00pm. Enjoy cocktails in the Rose Garden followed by dinner and dancing underneath of a clear-top tent.

Registration is open at all levels. Benefactors and Patrons will be invited to attend a VIP reception in the Rose Garden from 5:30 – 6 p.m. In addition, there will be the provision of premium parking at the top of the hill for the event. Registration ends May 27, 2015.

No paper tickets will be issued. Names will be held at the door.

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2016 Honoree

This year we are delighted to pay tribute to Edith Robb Dixon as the 2016 Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company honoree. Mrs. Dixon is a longtime neighbor, treasured friend, and generous supporter of the Morris Arboretum. A renowned civic leader, Mrs. Dixon joined the Arboretum’s Directors’ Guild in 2008 and became a member of the Advisory Board of Managers in 2014. An active member of the Morris Arboretum community, she has played a central role in transforming this institution through her thoughtful counsel and remarkable philanthropic support of the Arboretum’s Youth Education Program, the construction of the Out on a Limb exhibit, the renovation of the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center, and the modernization of the John J. Willaman Plant Science Laboratories.

For almost a century, the Widener and Dixon families were stewards of the 450+ acre Erdenheim Farm, beginning with the purchase of the property by Mrs. Dixon’s uncle-in-law, George D. Widener, Jr. in 1912. Following the death of her husband, F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., and her move to the Hill at Whitemarsh, Mrs. Dixon worked tirelessly with the McCausland family, the Whitemarsh Foundation, and regional governmental and conservation organizations to ensure that this historic property would be preserved as open space in perpetuity. We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate Edith Robb Dixon and the many extraordinary ways that she nurtures and supports our community.


Elizabeth Salata is a dedicated supporter of the Morris Arboretum, joining the board in 2015. Elizabeth has many happy memories of the Arboretum leading to her appreciation for ecology and conservation, which can be seen today in her involvement with managing Erdenheim Farm and her dedication to land preservation. Elizabeth and her husband, Kyle, enjoy the benefits of living adjacent to the Morris and are champions of conservation throughout the region.

Joann M. Lytle has been an active member of the Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company planning committee for three years. Joann is a partner in the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP and first became involved with the Arboretum through her firm’s sponsorship of the event. For the past 12 years, Joann and her colleagues have enjoyed spending time with clients and friends at the gala.

How the event helps the Arboretum

Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company is the Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala that raises money for the arboretum’s annual operations. Funds raised through this year’s event will support all aspects of Morris Arboretum and will ensure continued excellence in direct support of our mission.

History of Moonlight & Roses presented by The Haverford Trust Company

As a longstanding Arboretum tradition, the Moonlight & Roses gala, which always takes place in early June, is unsurpassed.

The lively garden party we now know as Moonlight & Roses Presented by The Haverford Trust Company has had a colorful evolution. In the early 1970s, it was dubbed the Spring Fling, and was held on the lawn behind Gates Hall. The late Jane O’Neill was instrumental in the success of the gala in those early days.

In the 1980s, patrons and contributors donned their garden party attire for the event that was rechristened Moonlight & Roses . The evening traditionally begins with cocktails served in the Rose Garden, while dinner, served by a professional catering staff, is held in a festive tent atop the hill near the Widener Visitor Center. Music and dancing round out the evening of friendly conversation and gourmet dining.

Moonlight & Roses has always provided an intimate setting unique to Philadelphia charity events, and is enjoyed by a capacity crowd each year. The Morris Arboretum's annual fundraising gala, Moonlight & Roses , has become a tradition among friends, families, and colleagues in the Delaware Valley.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Become a Corporate Sponsor Morris Arboretum would be happy to provide you with more information on the Corporate sponsorship benefits of Moonlight & Roses and the many effective ways to tap into the loyalty and buying power of the over 3,000 households who receive the invitation each year, the 10,000 constituents who subscribe to the Morris Arboretum e-newsletter and the over 880,000 people that visit our website each year.

To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215.247.5777 x418 or

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Committee Members


Edith R. Dixon


Elizabeth M. Salata
Joann M. Lytle


Cynthia Affleck
Christine Bamberger
Tari Carlson
Ella Studdiford Cary
Amanda Cobb
Kelly Culley
Adriana della Porta
Jessie Deming
Kate Earle
Kimberly Freeman
Kim Frisbie
Alisa Huth Gifford
Ellen Nalle Hass
Natalie Hirshorn
Cathy Hozack
Eileen Javers
Debra Rodgers
Gabrielle Baugh Smith


Alerts & Updates

Advance tickets are not required to visit but are strongly encourage for first time visitors.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.