Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden

first_imgGatherings Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden Annual benefit includes sneak preview of new Halloween event Article by Descanso Gardens | Photography by MARTHA BENEDICT Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 1:21 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Illuminated by the bewitching glow of thousands of carved jack o’ lanterns, more than 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens gathered Saturday night to raise about $275,000 for the botanic garden’s programs.Guests at “The Rise,” this year’s edition of the “Only at Descanso” benefit, got a sneak peek of the Halloween extravaganza “RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns,” which opens to the public on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 2. They also got a look at the new Oak Woodland, Descanso’s first major garden addition in 30 years, which opens to the public Nov. 15.“This year’s benefit raised the most we have ever made,” said Juliann Rooke, Descanso chief operating officer. “This year our event sold out, and we had many friends old and new attending. Guests were so excited to see ‘The RISE’ – it’s an amazing event! And it was wonderful to see many new supporters at the benefit.”The evening began with cocktails in the Oak Woodland. Guests watched waterfowl cavort in the lake – and admired the spooky Halloween display in the window of the Boddy Lodge. Hope Tschopik Schneider, chair of the Descanso board of trustees, presided over the donation paddle raise. She announced that longtime Descanso benefactors Heather Sturt Haaga and Paul Haaga – who were out of town for the evening – were matching all $5,000 donations dollar for dollar. “Just like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ five is the new ten,” she joked, referencing the hit Netflix series.Once darkness fell, the crowd took a short stroll to the adjacent Rose Garden, where a red drape was pulled back to reveal the illuminated “RISE.” The exhibit includes more than 5,000 artist-carved jack o’ lanterns in a dizzying array of themes and styles: celebrity faces, dinosaur skeletons, a tribute to LA sports teams, TV and movie characters, nursery rhymes.Dinner followed on The Promenade, where the candle-lit tables made a glowing serpentine trail under the oaks. The round tables were draped in pewter-colored crinkled taffeta tablecloths and set with coppery orange chargers and violet-tinged wine glasses. Keeping with the bewitching theme, the tables were illuminated by ivory pillar candles set in russet-colored iron candelabras.The dinner, prepared by Patina Catering, kept the Halloween vibe going beginning with a salad of wild greens, crisp roots, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. The entrée was beef short ribs and beef medallions, served with heirloom pumpkin risotto and pancetta-wrapped asparagus.The dinner was capped off by handmade sweets to tempt any trick or treater’s palate: pumpkin pie with maple Chantilly, tiny candy bars and mini caramel apples.The evening ended with dancing in the Rose Pavilion and the invitation to take another stroll through “The RISE.” A cigar lounge drew guests who enjoyed a smoke and glass of port.The evening was coordinated by the 2014 benefit committee, including Elizabeth Gleason of San Marino, Gina Guerra and Hope Tschopik Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge; and Amy Lamb, Leah McCrary and Ann Murphy of Pasadena. The event was generously underwritten by Patina Restaurant Group, Typecraft Wood & Jones, Jacob Maarse Florists, Town & Country Event Rentals, and Z Valet & Shuttle Service.Funds raised at “Only at Descanso” will support programs and projects, from family friendly festivals and educational opportunities for school children to enriched horticultural displays and demonstration gardens to benefit the community.“The mission of the Gardens is to educate and inspire,” Rooke said. “The generosity of our benefactors who supported the gala help us to provide our community with experiences in the natural world.”About Descanso GardensEstablished as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribelast_img

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