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    Saturday, September 22, 2018
    Dinner & Silent Auction
    Honorary Chair, Monte Durham
    Star of TLC network's Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

    Annual Gala

    25 Years of Color in the Garden

    We celebrated our Silver Anniversary Gala: 25 Years of Color in the Garden, with Honorary Chair, Monte Durham. Special thanks to Monte Durham and everyone who supported our 2018 annual gala. We hope you will join us again on Saturday, September 21st for our 2019 gala, more information coming soon.  

    Join us for an unforgettable evening under the stars at AHS River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, for our 25th Annual Gala.  

    Come celebrate our good work of positively impacting millions of lives for over 90 years by sharing 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 “25 Years of Color in the Garden” Gala offers a number of charitable support opportunities for businesses and individuals alike: auction item donation, advertisement, sponsorship, underwriting and in-kind services, and individual tickets or purchase a table 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.132

    We welcome donations from those who cannot attend but wish to make a gift to support the Gala.  Thank you!

    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.  

    For more information about the Gala, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, please contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development and Engagement, at (703) 768-5700 ext. 127 or sklejst@ahsgardening.org.

    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
    2018 Gala Host Committee
    • Leslie Ariail

    • Barbara Becker

    • Skipp Calvert

    • Drew Cariaso

    • Laura Dowling

    • Amanda Mertins

    • Joanne Sawczuk

    • Jan Test