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STEMS: A GARDEN SOIRÉE, AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER, ALLOWS ATTENDEES TO BASK IN ART, MUSIC AND COMMUNITY WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO THE GROWTH OF LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

A m i d t h e i n t e n s i t y o f a K a n s a s C i t y w i n t e r, c o m p l e t e w i t h i c y r o a d s a n d ( t o o m a n y ) i n c h e s o f s n o w, o n e c a n only imagine an evening spent outside enjoying their green, lush surroundings. On June 22, Stems: A Garden Soirée is the (perhaps long-

In addition to the event, the Foundation has launched a

awaited) opportunity to not only savor warm weather

“Growing to Inspire” capital campaign which will provide

and explore beautiful gardens but to also participate in a

funding for a new, 22,000-square-foot visitor center at the

fundraiser. Emily Lane, communications manager for the

Overland Park Arboretum. Lane mentions their plans include

Arts & Recreation Foundation of Overland Park, says that

“additional parking, new outdoor spaces (gardens, reflecting

people choose to attend the event for many reasons.

pools, a new pond, event terraces, and a great lawn) and the

“The first of which is that is it a wonderful party,” Lane

first phase of the new Sculpture Garden and amphitheater.

says. “Who doesn’t love to have a glass of wine on a warm

“In total, the plan will improve 38 acres and will be an

summer night in a bucolic setting? We find this event is

incredible addition to an already beautiful space,” Lane

a great reminder of all the [Overland Park] Arboretum &

says. “We hope to break ground in late 2019.”

Botanical Gardens has to offer. It’s open 364 days a year,

Stems: A Garden Soirée has something for everyone to

and there’s always something new to see or do. People

enjoy—food from various local restaurants, fireworks after

who attend also love knowing they are supporting import-

the sunset, music and bars with wine, beer and cocktails—

ant places in our community, and giving back.”

all while enjoying lush surroundings at the Arboretum.

The event, hosted by the Foundation, began in 2008 and

“Attendees wander the paths taking in all the sights,

is its largest, annual fundraiser. According to Lane, pro-

sounds, and smells and receive a hand-painted sou-

ceeds from the evening support Deanna Rose Children’s

venir wine glass at entry from which to imbibe their

Farmstead, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical

drinks of choice,” Lane describes. “It also serves as a

Gardens and public art programs in Overland Park.

wonderful opportunity for networking as we have more

“All of these causes benefit from private support to oper-

than 2,000 attendees!”

ate, so the Foundation is integral to their success,” Lane says.

While the event itself offers so much to soak up in one

“We have a tremendous group of sponsors who choose to

summer evening, it is also an opportunity to slow down

devote funds to supporting these worthwhile causes.”

and indulge in your surroundings.

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