May afternoon of the JC
Raulston Arboretums 2002 Gala in the Garden
opened cool and overcast, but that didnt seem to dampen anybodys
improved as the afternoon unfolded, and spirits definitely soared
when the arboretums advancement staff later tallied gifts. Led
by a $10,000 donation from the North
Carolina Association of Nurserymen, corporate donations totaled
$42,000, and the silent and live auctions garnered another $22,000,
said Donna Walker, College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences development associate and the events
Brown announced that the A.E. Finley Foundation, of which he is board
president, had voted to give $100,000 to the arboretums endowment
gift will go into the Marian Nottingham Finley and Marian Nottingham
Rice Rose Garden Endowment, Brown said, and enables us
to name the new rooftop terrace at the McSwain Education Center.
The endowment will be used to support the Finley Rose Garden and as
a source of unrestricted funds for the benefit of the arboretum at
the discretion of its director.
initial clouds were offset by the bright primary colors provided by
red, green, blue, orange and purple pinwheels. Often just blurs in
the brisk breeze, they bordered well-tended paths and complemented
flower arrangements bedecking six spacious tents, under which approximately
575 attendees decked out in garden-party finery perused hundreds of
items donated for the silent auction. Bidding was fiercest among the
rows of healthy ornamentals in the Botanical Quintessentials area.
strolled from tent to tent, deciding on their silent auction bids,
a nearby mockingbird competed with N.C.
States Jazz Bands swing, big band and jazz tunes and
the weather turned sunny.
gala has become a magnet of sorts, attracting additional income from
those wanting to invest in the JCRAs long-term success,
said Dr. Bob Lyons, JC Raulston distinguished professor of horticultural
science and the arboretums director.
Marye Anne Fox and Dean James Oblinger of the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences launched the formal program. Phyllis York Brookshire
of Raleigh chaired the event.