Better Makers: Chicago Botanic Garden Welcomes Fall With Annual Harvest Party

Harvest season is upon us. For farmers and gardeners alike, fall is prime time to harvest an assortment of crops, including apples, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

In celebration of the season, Chicago Botanic Garden held its third annual Harvest Party on Sept. 13. Over 200 guests gathered for a festive evening of cocktails in the English Walled Garden and a farm-to-table dinner in McGinley Pavilion. Festivities also included music from DJ Famos and a live auction and paddle raise.

The evening raised $100,000 for Windy City Harvest, Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and job training initiative. The program supports building a local food system, healthier communities, and a greener economy.

Presented by the Guild, the 2019 Harvest Party was co-chaired by Amie Alfe, Wendy Labrum, and Sally Brown Thilman.

Sally Brown Thilman, Amie Alfe, and Wendy Labrum at the Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party
Harvest Party Co-Chairs Sally Brown Thilman, Amie Alfe, and Wendy Labrum
Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party — Ali Gerchen, Brook Bayly, Rachel Silva
Ali Gerchen, Brook Bayly, and Rachel Silva
Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party — Jennifer Keenan, Patrick Keenan, Caroline Burns
Jennifer and Patrick Keenan and Caroline Burns
chicago botanic garden harvest party — Lindsey Doyle
Lindsey Doyle contributes a custom piece of art to the Harvest Party raffle.
Chicago Botanic Garden Harvest Party
Dinner in the McGinley Pavilion
chicago botanic garden harvest party — Windy City Harvest
Impact: Windy City Harvest’s Ketaurah James and Britt Calendo. Proceeds from the evening supported Chicago Botanic Garden’s urban agriculture education and job training initiative.

Emily Stone earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work has been published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.