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    Saturday, September 21, 2019
    6 - 10 p.m.
    River Farm, Alexandria, VA
    Dinner & Silent Auction
    Honorary Chair, Kristen Coffield
    Culinary Coach & Founder/Owner of The Culinary Cure

    Original Artwork: Marcella Kriebel

    Annual Gala

    Harvest of Health & Happiness

    For our 26th Annual Gala, we're planning a "Harvest of Health & Happiness" with our Honorary Chair, Kristen Coffield. As the founder and owner of The Culinary Cure, Coffield helps people use the power of food to change their lives. She believes a largely plant-based diet holds the key to enhanced wellness and disease prevention, and that creating powerful culinary habits can profoundly influence longevity. 

    Join us for another unforgettable evening under the stars at AHS River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, for our 26th Annual Gala.  

    Come celebrate our good work of positively impacting millions of lives for over 95 years through the sharing of our unique national resources, raising awareness about the vital connection between people and plants, and inspiring our community to be responsible caretakers of the Earth – an impossible outcome without the public’s support. 

    Our “Harvest of Health & Happiness" Gala offers a number of charitable support opportunities for businesses and individuals alike: auction item donationsadvertisements, sponsorships, underwriting and in-kind services, and individual tickets or tables of 10. If you are interested in joining us, there is limited seating available. Please send us an email at development@ahsgardening.org or give us a call at (703) 768-5700 ext.127.

    Proceeds raised at the Gala will provide vital funds for an array of key programs-most notably the stewardship of our historic headquarters at River Farm and the Society’s education and outreach programs.  

    Parking is free at River Farm and there will be a Valet service on site to assist all Gala guests with parking. For those wishing to use a car service to arrive/depart River Farm, our address is 7931 East Boulevard Drive Alexandria, VA 22308.

    Many thanks to all the sponors who supported our 2018 Gala! View the 2018 program and silent auction items. Enjoy our Flickr album of images from the 2018 Gala.


    Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors


    Presenting Sponsors

    Drew Cariaso and Erich Veitenheimer

    Platinum Sponsors

    Marcia and Klaus Zech

    Gold Sponsors

    Jane and George Diamantis

    Silver Sponsors

    Mary and Skipp Calvert

    Christine and Tim Conlon

    Becky and Bobby Hartness

    Bronze Sponsors


    Media Sponsors
    2019 Gala Host Committee

    Drew Cariaso (Co-Chair)

    Joanne Sawczuk (Co-Chair)

    Leslie Ariail

    Barbara Becker

    Skipp Calvert

    Laura Dowling

    Ashley Greer

    Jenny McGihon

    Amanda Mertins

    Melissa Sigler

    Jan Test