Moonlight & Roses
Friday, June 2nd, 2023
Moonlight & Roses, the Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala, has been a landmark social event in the Philadelphia region for four decades. More than 400 guests attend the gala, which begins with cocktails in the Arboretum’s stunning Rose Garden and ends with dessert and dancing under a clear-top tent. In addition to paying homage to our 2023 honorees, this year’s event will also celebrate the Arboretum’s 90th anniversary as a public garden. Proceeds directly support the Morris Arboretum's work as a renowned public botanic garden and as a center for plant-science research and educational programming for all ages.
Guests at these levels will be invited to attend a VIP reception in the Rose Garden from 5 pm – 6 pm on the evening of the gala. In addition, these guests will receive premium valet parking for the event.
Register by March 13 to be listed on the invitation, which will be mailed in April.
Reservations for our Supporter and Young Friend levels will be available in April.
Invitations will be mailed to all Holly level members and above. If you wish to receive a copy, or are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See photos from the 2022 event here.
This year we are delighted to honor Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, Executive Director and CEO of ACLAMO. ACLAMO is a nonprofit community service organization that provides educational programs, social services, and access to health and wellness programs to Latinos and other community members. Nelly’s vibrant leadership, dedication to the ACLAMO community, and her passion for the natural world made her an ideal partner in establishing one of the Arboretum’s signature youth outreach programs, ¡Explorar! A Summer Bridge Program. First established in 2016 and based at the Arboretum, ¡Explorar! integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) to motivate and inspire young learners from the ACLAMO’s STEAM educational program. Nelly has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the “2015 Most Influential Latina” of the Delaware Valley, the 2020 Exceptional Woman Award for her work surrounding social justice and the pursuit to eliminate racism and empower women and was recently named one of the 2022 POWER 100 Who’s Who in Latino Pennsylvania. Nelly holds a degree in Law from Santa Maria University, Venezuela.
2023 Institutional Honoree
Founded in 2013 by Connor Barwin during his first season playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Make The World Better (MTWB) believes that communities prosper when all people have access to high-quality public spaces that provide safe outlets for recreation, sports, and arts-based activities. To this end, MTWB works with communities to connect people and inspire stewardship through the revitalization of public spaces. Led by Executive Director Jesse Rendell, MTWB uses a participatory design process that engages residents in all phases of a project, creating a sense of ownership over public spaces and fostering local leadership that endures after construction is completed. The organization has completed three park revitalization projects in Philadelphia including Ralph Brooks Park (Point Breeze), Smith Playground (West Passyunk), and Waterloo Playground (Kensington), with a fourth project under construction at Vare Recreation Center (Grays Ferry).
2023 Event Chair
Allison DeCaro will be chairing the 2023 Moonlight & Roses planning committee and has been a member of the committee since 2018. She and her husband, Roy, along with their two sons, Alex and Teddy, have spent many hours exploring the beautiful gardens and secret fountains of the Arboretum, and of course, pretending to be squirrels in Out on a Limb. Allison has lived in Chestnut Hill since 2012 and is Vice President of Johnson, Kendall and Johnson’s Private Client Group.
2023 Committee Members
Ellen Nalle Hass
Skyview Tent: Edith R. Dixon
Signature Cocktail: Steve Gendler
Wine: Thomasina White & Anthony Nelson
Beer: Christine & Michael Bamberger
Moonlight & Roses 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 help to support all aspects of Morris Arboretum and will ensure continued excellence in direct support of our mission.