Moonlight & Roses
Friday, June 7th, 2024
Moonlight & Roses has been a landmark event in the Philadelphia region for four decades with more than 500 guests in attendance. Today, the event provides a beautiful forum in which to recognize excellence and leadership in environmental stewardship. Proceeds directly support the Morris Arboretum & Gardens’ important role as a premier destination for environmental outreach, education, and research.
Tickets are now on sale at the Benefactor and Patron levels. Guests at these levels will be invited to attend a VIP reception in the Rose Garden from 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on the evening of the gala. In addition, these guests will receive premium valet parking for the event.
Click the button below to purchase tickets for either the Rose Garden Cocktail Reception or BOTH the Rose Garden Cocktail Reception and the Dinner and Dancing Reception.
VIP Early Access
5:30 pm – 6 pm
Guests with VIP tickets will enjoy early entry to the Rose Garden Cocktail Reception, along with VIP parking.
Rose Garden Cocktail Reception and Honoree Presentation
6 pm – 8:15 pm
Enjoy a cocktail reception with passed appetizers held in our stunning Rose Garden during peak bloom.
Dinner and Dancing Reception in our signature clear-top tent*
8:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Enjoy various dinner stations, dancing with a live band, and dessert.
*Separate ticket purchase required.
Tickets at the 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 of the invitation, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at 215-247-5777 x418 or email@example.com.
See photos from the 2023 event here. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Kristen Casalenuovo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2024 Individual Honoree
This year we are delighted to honor Joseph Manko. A pioneer in environmental law, Joe Manko is a founding partner of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP. Prior to founding the firm in 1989, Joe founded and chaired the Environmental Department at Wolf, Block, Schorr, and Solis-Cohen. From 1973 to 1975, he served as Regional Counsel for the EPA. He is the past chair of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, former vice chair of the State Water Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and past chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Joe served on Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Environment Commission and chaired the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) from 2003 to 2012. He co-chaired Mayor Nutter’s Sustainability Advisory Board from 2008 to 2015. Joe spent 18 years teaching environmental law courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Vermont Law Schools. He served for 27 years as an elected commissioner and officer on the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners. He is still active on the board of directors of the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
2024 Institutional Honoree
Comcast NBCUniversal | Environment
As a global media and technology company, Comcast is taking action toward a greener future by using its content and platforms for good and reducing its carbon footprint – going carbon neutral by 2035. To meet this ambitious goal, Comcast is focused on sourcing clean and renewable energy to power its operations and network, improving network energy efficiency, and designing environmentally friendly products and packaging. Since 2019, Comcast has reduced enterprise-wide greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%. Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters include two of the tallest LEED-certified buildings in the U.S. The Comcast Center is LEED Gold certified and the Comcast Technology Center is LEED Platinum certified – the highest green building designation. Comcast is also helping drive awareness of the world’s most pressing issues and solutions for positive change. For example, TODAY Climate, led by Al Roker, is committed to covering climate change and sharing sustainable solutions with millions of viewers. The Universal Filmed Entertainment Group recently launched the GreenerLight Program, an initiative focused on embedding sustainability across the entire filmmaking process including script development, locations and set needs, as well as on-screen behaviors.
Ruth Chang will be chairing the 2024 Moonlight & Roses planning committee and has been a member of the committee since 2019. For 19 years she has lived in Blue Bell with her family and has been involved at Morris Arboretum & Gardens for just as long. She has shared the wonder and magic of the Morris with family and friends through many seasons. She and her husband Tai are Director’s Guild members. An enthusiastic gardener and environmentalist, Ruth is the Vice Chair of Whitpain Township’s Environmental Advisory Council.
2024 Committee Members
Ellen Nalle Hass
Aileen and Brian Roberts
Skyview Tent – Edith R. Dixon
Wine Selection – Thomasina White & Anthony Nelson
Beer – TransPerfect
Signature Cocktail – Steve Gendler
Rose Garden Linens – Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation
Moonlight & Roses is the Morris Arboretum & Garden’s annual fundraising gala that raises money for the Morris’s annual operations. Funds raised through this year’s event will help to support all aspects of the Morris and will ensure continued excellence in direct support of our mission.