Spring Benefit & Luncheon
On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Mother Nature shone brightly as nearly 160 guests, staff and trustees gathered on the Main Lawn in honor of Louise Moos, Trustee, Green Team volunteer, docent and treasured friend. Greenwood Gardens founders, Sofia and Peter P. Blanchard III and last year’s honoree, Lezette Proud, paid tribute to her many years of dedicated service, noting that Louise “has infused our organization with the same sense of grace, beauty and intelligence for which she is known by family and friends.”
Our deepest gratitude to all friends and sponsors for their generous support celebrating Louise. The Spring Benefit & Luncheon raised $32,000 for the Grow Greenwood Fund, which sustains our year-round operations, and attracted an additional major gift of $100,000 from two major donors!
Members Jazz Picnic
Our annual signature event drew close to 140 Greenwood Members and guests for a delightful, relaxing evening of music and comradery on Saturday, June 16. Dedicated to the memory of Governor Brendan T. Byrne and his wife Ruthi whose patronage has garnered significant financial support for Greenwood Gardens and our programs, Ruthi was on hand to welcome and visit with picnickers. In the late Governor’s honor, the BRiCK Quartet performed jazz renditions of popular show music that Governor Byrne loved throughout his life.
Guest of honor Ruthi Byrne, Trustee Andrew Permison and Manager of Programs and Public Engagement Stephanie Murphy served as judges for our Picnic Display contest and awarded three teams prizes for their appealing and creative presentations: Art Vanderbilt, Patti Manzi and Paul Ciraulo received a $100 gift certificate to The Pergola restaurant; Cathy and Jim Byers, Lissa and Ian MacCullum were presented a $100 gift certificate to Charlie Brown’s restaurant; and Dilys So, Ming, Ryan and Jason Lam were awarded 2 tickets to a Paper Mill Playhouse production.