Gala in the Garden

Celebrating the JC Raulston Arboretum's 30th Anniversary

  • Sunday, May 7, 2006 – 3:00 pm7:00 pm

Join us for a delightful spring afternoon with cocktails, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction featuring a plethora of unique plants and an eclectic array of many other distinctive items.

Schedule of Events

3:00 PM-6:00 PM – Cocktail party and silent auction in the gardens

6:00 PM-7:00 PM – Dessert social in the York Auditorium and Special 30th Anniversary presentation

7:00 PM – Silent auction check-out

Sponsors (as of April 25, 2006)

Diamond Sponsor
North Carolina Asssocation of Nurserymen, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors
A. E. Finley Foundation, Inc.
Pender Nursery, Inc.
Mary Ann and Greg Poole

Gold Sponsor
Hawksridge Farms Nursery, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Bland Landscaping Co., Inc.
A Blue Hen in a Blue State
Linda and Tommy Bunn
Dottie and W. L. Burns
Campbell Road Nursery, Inc.
Carolina Sunrock, LLC
Carroll's Plant Center, Inc.
Century Framing, Ltd. – Bob Wilder
Gold Kist, Inc.
Judi and Frank Grainger – Fair Products
Gregory Poole Equipment Company
Hefner's Nursery
Hoffman Nursery
Becky and John Logan
Monrovia Nursery
Murphy Family Ventures
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation
Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company
Taylor's Nursery – Marian and Richard Taylor
York Simpson Underwood

Bronze Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Barnhill, Jr.
C. T. Wilson Construction Company, Inc.
Dover Foundation, Inc.
Annabelle and Lew Fetterman
Fowler's Nursery
Bev and Ron Gelvin – Gelvin Management Services, Inc.
Gilmore Plant and Bulb Company, Inc.
Golden Corral Corporation
Charlie Kidder
Dr. Julia Kornegay
New Garden Landscaping & Nursery
Outfall Farm
Pennington Seed Co., Inc.
Mark and Judy Peters – Piedmont Carolina Nursery
Anne Porter
Sampson Nursery, Inc.
Gayle and Michael Sheppard
Leon and Mildred Simon
Kathleen and Walt Thompson
Turftenders Landscape Services, Inc.
Frank and Janice Weedon
Georgina and Dennis Werner
Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company

Special Gifts
Ron E. Doggett
Clara Flanagan
Annette Guirlinger
Karen and Larry Kelly – Piedmont Air Conditioning
Phebe and Paul Kirkman
Dabney and Tift Mann
Nadine Tope
Martha and Peyton Woodson

Special Recognition
The Southern String Band

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or Or click here for full details.

A Gala sponsor poster will be proudly displayed at the Gala (it's also available for online viewing).

Silent Auction

Without the kind donations of so many individuals, companies, and organizations, the Gala's auction would not be possible. Please help us thank each and every one of them. A list of all the auction donors is available on the auction donor poster that will be proudly displayed at the Gala (it's also available for online viewing).

If you are interested in donating an item for our silent auction, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3463 or Or click here for full details.

Special Guests

We are delighted to welcome members of the 2005-06 Chancellor's Circle. The Chancellor's Circle recognizes alumni, parents, and friends who make significant unrestricted gifts to NC State University. For additional information on the Chancellor's Circle and how to become a member, please contact the NC State Annual Fund at (919) 515-2034 or visit their Web site.

Gala in the Garden Committee

Honorary Chairs
Mary Ann and Gregory Poole

Event Chairs
Linda and Tommy Bunn

Event Committee
Jill Chouinard Adams
Irma Clark
Nancy Doubrava
Rosemary Easton
Frankie Fanelli
Marty Finkel
Julie Fleming
Bev Gelvin
Adair Gibson
Chris Glenn
Jeff Glutz
Judi Grainger
Autumn Keck
Barb Kennedy
Charlie Kidder
Faye Koonce
Anita Kuehne
Becky Logan
John Logan
Linda Murphy
Marge O'Keeffe
Melissa Peden
Anne Porter
Sylvia Redwine
Janet Riddle
Janice Weedon
Dennis Werner
Jan Wilson

Please call (919) 513-3463 to register for the Gala in the Garden. A downloadable version of the invitation and RSVP card (link removed) are also available. Location: JC Raulston Arboretum.
JC Raulston Arboretum.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-3463 for more information about this event.