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Awbury al Fresco 2021

May 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Board, staff, and friends of Awbury Arboretum request the honor of you presence at

Awbury al Fresco

May 23, 2021 from 1:00-3:00 PM

Learn more about Awbury’s programs, archival activities, and education spaces while honoring a fearless champion of healthy watersheds that support healthy communities.

Location (UPDATED 4/29/21): We will gather for remarks and lunch at the Cope House tented patio (One Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138), and guests will have a chance to tour our newly restored pond and watercourse during the event, weather permitting.

This year we celebrate our honoree Julie Slavet, the Year of Water, the restoration of our historic watercourse and pond, and the chance to gather together in person!   Guests will each receive individual meal boxes prepared by Peachtree Catering featuring delicious seasonal food.  We invite you to join us in honoring Julie Slavet, learning about watershed programs, exploring the improvements to the Awbury watercourse, and supporting education initiatives at the Arboretum.

Picnic attire is encouraged.

Cost: $100/ticket

Kindly RSVP by May 14th (Please note: tickets are limited and we do anticipate selling out, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!)  See form below to register and/or donate.

Face masks are required, except while seated and eating.

Honoree Julie Slavet has 40 years of experience in building organizations and serving communities and is currently the Executive Director of Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.  Her past service includes positions in city and state government as well as leadership at a range of non-profit organizations including Indivisible PHL (founder), Jenkintown Community Alliance, Montgomery County Democratic Women’s Leadership Initiative, Hiway Theatre, and Jenkintown Library. She is a Democratic Committeeperson in Philadelphia’s Fifth Ward and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fund for the Fairmount Water Works.

Awbury Arboretum has selected Julie to receive our 2021 Award in recognition of her passion, energy, and effectiveness in connecting Philadelphians with our natural environment, particularly our watersheds.  She has led the TTF team in exceptionally creative and compelling educational initatives and changed the way countless people care for our waterways.

The Awbury Education Fund was launched in 2013 to provide ongoing support to Awbury’s education programs, which serve thousands of people of all ages every year. In 2017, the fund was renamed in memory of Gay Gilpin Johnson; neighbor, friend, and tireless advocate for education, historical preservation, and community engagement at Awbury. Gay’s passion, commitment, and tireless service to Awbury Arboretum and her community was the force behind many of the programs and initiatives launched at Awbury over the 60 years she called the Arboretum home.

Host Committee (as of 3/25/21):

Katie and Pete Commons
Anne Cook and Russ Troyer
Jamey Delaplane and Mark O’Donnell
Gene and Charles Day Dilks
Thomas Doll and Linda Gardner
Pamela Tillinghast Dubitsky and Alex Dubitsky
Robert and Nancy Elfant
Joe and Carolyn Evans
Wally and Jane Evans
Elizabeth H. Gemmill
Mike Gillum and Andrew White
Victoria and M. Duncan Grant
Shanna Halpern and Jean Gajary
Mary and William Hangley
Susan Harris
Ann Dupuis Hozack
Rebecca Johnson and Larry Weisberg
Nicole Juday Rhoads and Sam Rhoads

Gerry Kaufman
Najjia Mahmoud and Mark Sellers
Norman Marcus
George McNeely and William O’Connor
Marion Miller
Ceth and Sam Plum
Philip and Sarah Price
Matthew Rader
Frank and Cintra Rodgers
Ruth and Sidney Rosenblatt
Jane Shure and Bob Kaufman
Margaret Sadler
Julie Slavet
Chris and Lee van de Velde
Elsie and David Viehman
Ken and Judy Weinstein
Kristin Winch and Ron Tarver
Sydelle Zove and Stephen Kaufman


May 23, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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