Dear President’s Circle Member,
As 2011 winds to a close, I reflect on how much the Chicago Botanic Garden has grown since it opened in 1972.
After 39 years, the Garden's mission to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world is more relevant than ever. We believe beautiful gardens and natural environments are fundamentally important to the mental and physical well-being of all people, and that people live better, healthier, and more satisfying lives when they can create, care for, and enjoy gardens. And we believe the future of life on Earth depends on how we understand, value, and protect plants and the healthy habitats on which they depend.
On the eve of our 40th anniversary year, the Garden remains committed to delivering programs of excellence across all four pillars of our ten-year strategic plan: horticulture, education and community programs, science, and visitor experience.
If you have not already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible leadership contribution today. Your gift, at the most generous level possible, will help us achieve our goals — not to grow bigger but better, and to deepen and expand our impact across all program areas and audiences.
Bonsai Silhouette Show Preview Party
Thursday, January 26, 2012
5 to 7 p.m.
This magical evening, exclusively for members of the President's Circle and Director's Circle, showcases the Garden's Three Friends of Winter Bonsai Silhouette Show. Guests are treated to light refreshments, Japanese music, and a presentation by Kris Jarantoski, executive vice president and director of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Click here to register for this event, or call (847) 835-6925.
The Palm Beach and Hobe Sound
Home and Garden Tour
February 8 – 12, 2012
With winter in full swing, think sunshine and flowers! Space is still available on this exciting travel program planned exclusively for President's Circle members.
For more information, call Lynn Abrahamson at (847) 835-6910.
On November 22, President's Circle families and friends gathered together for a special preview celebration of Wonderland Express. More than 300 guests enjoyed festive activities, a family-style buffet dinner, and an exclusive look at the Garden's winter exhibition of indoor miniature trains. A special thank you to our co-hosts, Susan Canmann, Jane O'Neil, Cathy Busch, Liz Ryan, and Kate Fitzgerald, and to Bartlett Tree Experts for generously supporting this event.
View photographs from past President's Circle events (the password is "circle").
Garden Gift Memberships
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Give the gift of all four seasons! Each gift membership provides the lucky recipient with free year-round parking; a free signature Garden gift such as the collapsible umbrella; and special discounts and preregistration throughout the Garden. Buy three or more and save $10 off of each membership.
Charitable Opportunity in 2011
Consider a gift from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
We encourage you to consider making a gift from your IRA to the Chicago Botanic Garden, a 501(c)(3) charitable institution. Thanks to a provision in last year's tax act, some donors may be able to withdraw funds from their IRAs to make a gift to charity before December 31.
In accordance with the provision, the IRA owner (the donor) must be age 70 1/2 or older; the maximum amount allowed is $100,000 (and may be used to fulfill a pledge); and the check must be made payable to the Chicago Botanic Garden, not to the donor. The funds are not included in taxable income, so there is no income tax deduction for the donor. However, this type of gift could be right for you because the transfer qualifies toward the donor's required minimum distribution. Please consult your financial advisor to learn what is best for your situation. To make a gift of this type, contact your IRA provider or Patty Shanahan, director of major gifts and planned giving, at (847) 835-6838 or email@example.com.
Please click on each of the photos above for information on these fun ways to enjoy the Garden.
If we open our minds to it, winter is an exceptional season in which to enjoy the Garden. I find a winter walk always energizes my body and my spirit, and I hope you too enjoy a walk at the Garden this season, whether to revitalize or relax. A perfect time to visit is Christmas Day, when the Garden will be open to all, free of charge, from 8 a.m. to sunset (the Garden Shop and Café will be closed).
May the inspiring beauty of the Garden, especially covered in snow, add pleasure and meaning to your season of celebration!
President & CEO
Chicago Botanic Garden