Opinion

Dinner auction helps bring arboretum to life

The story of Pinocchio is about how to become "real." To be the


architect of a vision is much like being Gepetto, and to watch the journey


of that vision as it struggles to earn its right to become "real" is a labor


of love, trust, faith and endurance.


After a four-year journey, the Preston Arboretum and Botanical


Gardens had life breathed into it by 30 celebrity waiters and 300 attendees


to the Celebrity Waiter's dinner auction as they raised their garden stakes


high in the air to total $147,500 (including a $12,000 anonymous pledge


and $47,500 above our goal) in profit for the environmental learning center.


By doing so, these benefactors gave life to an emerging organization that


promises 300 acres of world-class display/demonstration gardens,an


environmental learning center, a sculpture garden focusing on


environmental-interpretive art and a place for


families and individuals to learn about how to walk more gently upon this earth.


The East Issaquah Creek watershed smiled Friday night and


the salmon moved further upstream due to the benevolence of the


best donors.com that the Eastside has ever collected in one room. It was a


time of joy, celebration and birth for the region's environmental garden.


The Preston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens wish to thank all


who attended, our Honorary Chairperson, King County Executive Ron Sims


and all of our celebrity waiters for a successful event. To each and every


donor attending the event, we thank you for your generosity and support.


We are all stakeholders in this garden and it doesn't get "real" without you.


A special thanks to our vice president and auction chairperson,


Helen Delahunt (Blue Heron Studios), for her marvelous imagination,


endurance and commitment. Thank you all for making this your garden.


Sincerely,



Susan Alexander Bond


Executive Director


Preston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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